Anglicare Australia launches update to Rental Affordability Snapshot
Anglicare Australia has released a special mid-year update to its Rental Affordability Snapshot.
Released today, the Snapshot Update surveyed almost 77,000 rental listings across Australia in August. It found that affordability for people on low incomes has actually deteriorated since March. It found that:
- 808 rentals across Australia (1 percent) are affordable for a person on the new JobSeeker payment, which has been doubled for six months in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
- If the government cuts JobSeeker by $150 in September, 168 rentals (0 percent) would be affordable
- If the government cuts JobSeeker to its old rate in December, just 13 rentals (0 percent) would be affordable
- Pensioners and people with disability have been left behind with no increase to their payments
- 0.8% of rentals (625 out of 76,962) are affordable for a person on the Age Pension
- 0.3% of rentals (192 out of 76,962) are affordable for a person on the Disability Support Pension.
The story was covered extensively by ABC News, Australian Financial Review, The Guardian, Sky News, Seven News, News.Com.Au, The New Daily, and in news segments for ABC News, SBS World News, Channel Ten, Channel Nine, and Channel Seven. Many local papers covered regional results, such as The Canberra Times, Herald Sun, Hobart Mercury, and more. We expect the coverage to continue over the coming days.
To find out more about the results, visit www.anglicare-ras.asn.au. Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s media release.
Anglicare Australia sets out priorities in Budget Submission
Anglicare Australia has made a second submission to the 2020-2021 Federal Budget, building on our original submission made in December. It is based on the insight and expertise of Anglicare Australia’s member organisations, and addresses the interest and experience of the people with whom they work.
As a locally-based network with national reach, Anglicare Australia is already supporting those in need as our economy recovers from Covid-19. As frontline services, we have been closely watching the impact of the pandemic on our communities. While the current focus is rightly on the immediate impacts on individuals and communities, we know from our experiences of past crises that we must prepare for the longer-term social and economic impacts.
Our submission offers insights on how to help people cope with the current crisis, explores the impact of current government measures, and makes recommendations on how to prepare for longer-term impacts.
Click here to read Anglicare Australia's submission, and our original submission made in December.
Homelessness Week marked by Anglicare Australia
Anglicare Australia has called for an urgent boost to social housing in the October budget. The call followed the release of new heatmaps for Homelessness Week by the Everybody’s Home campaign.
“People who are homeless – or at risk of homelessness – are at the forefront of this pandemic. They should be at the forefront of the response,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“These maps show that 116,000 Australians are homeless on any given night. Social housing is the best way to put a roof over their heads, and get secure homes for people who are at risk of becoming homeless.
“But these maps also show that we have a shortfall of at least 430,000 social homes across the country. We must end this shortfall to tackle homelessness, and stop more people from falling into crisis.
“Social housing will offer relief for people who are on the brink of homelessness. It also boosts GDP, and creates jobs in construction for the regions that need it most,” Ms Chambers said.
Click here to read Anglicare Australia's media release.
Anglicare Australia and aged care peaks host key webinar with Professor Terry Lum
Along with other aged care peak bodies, Anglicare Australia has hosted a webinar with guest speaker Professor Terry Lum, the Head of Hong Kong’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration, and Director of the Sau Po Centre for Ageing. Professor Lum has led Hong Kong’s highly successful approach to protecting older people in residential care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Lum was joined by Professor Joe Ibrahim, Professor Kathy Eagar, and Professor Marilyn Cruickshank from the Australasian College of Infection Protection and Control.
The webinar had a specific focus on any changes needed to residential aged care facilities’ preparations and resourcing, and the public health - aged care interface, including the role of hospitals, during an outbreak in Australia. It was also attended by key ministers and government representatives.
For more information on the highlights of the webinar, email [email protected]. The webinar was recorded and will be distributed widely in the coming weeks.
Message for Anglicare Australia aged care workers
Anglicare Australia joined with aged care peak bodies to recognise aged care workers on Aged Care Employee Day. We took part in a media statement and interview, and we also sent a special message to aged care workers across the Anglicare Australia Network:
"Today marks Aged Care Employee Day. It’s designed to celebrate each and every team member involved in the journey of caring for older Australians. In that spirit, I want to thank every one of our staff who cares for older Australians across the country on behalf of the Anglicare Australia Network.
"Each of you forms the backbone of our industry. As we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is hard to think of a more important time to recognise the work you do…"
To read our message to aged care workers, click here. Click here to read the media statement with Anglicare Australia and other aged care peak bodies.