Job Vacancy: Policy and Research Officers
Anglicare Australia is looking to recruit two motivated and thoughtful people to join our team, with one position beginning immediately. Applications close on COB Monday 12 February 2018. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 20 February 2018, with applicants notified of a request for an interview the week prior.
Click here to view full position description and selection criteria. For more information, contact Imogen Ebsworth, Director of Policy and Research on 02 6230 1775.
National Office farewells Erin Clark and welcomes Penelope Tompsett
Anglicare Australia is delighted to introduce our new Office Manager, Penelope Tompsett.
Penelope will provide general administrative support to the national office team including reception duties. She will also provide secretariat support to the Anglicare Australia Council and other groups. Penelope brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked with several membership and peak bodies including Diabetes Australia and Alzheimer's Australia. She has also worked in the NSW Department of Health.
We are also farewelling our long-serving Office Manager Erin Clark, who first joined the Anglicare Australia team in 2011. Erin has been the hub of our busy and every-changing office and has provided critical support, management, and member communications to our network. We thank Erin and wish her the best of luck in her new career.
Anglicare Australia calls for action on declining living standards
Anglicare Australia has responded to reports that living standards are declining across Australia, with the cost of living rising in major cities.
“Things are getting worse for the people who are getting left behind,” Deputy Director of Anglicare Australia Roland Manderson told the ABC earlier this month.
“Costs are going up for things that are non-discretionary - things like rent, food items, power, all the things you need to be a part of our society.
“For people who have no room to move, it's going to hurt them the most,” Mr Manderson said.
Click here to watch Roland Manderson's interview with the ABC.
This must never happen again: Anglicare Australia responds to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down its final report in December 2017, which contained 189 new recommendations to better prevent and respond to future instances of abuse.
Responding to the report, Anglicare Australia said:
"Anglicare Australia’s priority is, and will continue to be, ensuring the wellbeing of children and young people, and those who have experienced past abuse, is placed well ahead of the wellbeing of institutions.
"Anglicare Australia welcomed the announcement of the Royal Commission in 2012 and we have followed the proceedings closely to ensure we learn from its work. Our members operate professional services and incorporate the research, reports and findings from the Commission into their policies and procedures. We will carefully review the Commission’s final report and work to incorporate its findings across our services.
"Having fully supported the work of the Royal Commission, we hope to see an end to the denial and covering up of these inexcusable acts. Such systemic failure to protect the most vulnerable members of our community must never be allowed to happen again."
Click here to read the full media release, and click here for the Royal Commission’s Final Report. Anglicare Australia was featured in Pro Bono News’ coverage of this story.
Anglicare Australia speaks up for community advocacy
Anglicare Australia has opposed moves to regulate or cut back on the advocacy work of civil society in a submission on a proposed amendment to the Electoral Legislation.
“The amendment to the Electoral Act would force any group to register as a political campaigner if it has spent more than $100,000 on ‘political expenditure’ in a three-year period,” Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers said.
“Every charity that employs someone to analyse issues like aged care, homelessness, disability, living costs and virtually any other issue is likely to end up classified as a political campaigner. That will lead to a set of requirements so complicated that some charities will be forced to hire staff simply to manage their compliance – or stop speaking out altogether.
“By attacking charities and their ability to advocate, we’re creating a society where only those with power and access to start with have the ability to influence policy.
“Community advocacy is one of the only ways we can balance the self-interested and privileged forces that drive decision making and policy in Australia. It is in everybody’s interests to protect it,” Ms Chambers said.
Click here to read Kasy Chambers’ opinion piece. Anglicare Australia was featured in Buzzfeed and Pro Bono News’ coverage of this story.
Anglicare Australia urges Government to rule out cuts
Anglicare Australia has called on the Government to rule out any further cuts to income support in its submission to the 2018-19 Federal Budget.
The context for the next Federal Budget is an Australia facing growing inequality, and where the cost of living is rising faster than wages or income support. But instead of strengthening the safety net and improving support to those who need it the most, recent budgets have focused on measures that drive increasing inequality and disadvantage in Australia. We have called on the Government to reverse this trend.
Anglicare Australia also made recommendations in the following areas:
- Strengthening the Safety Net
- Supporting Aged Care Reform
- Ensuring the NDIS Meets People’s Needs
- Real action on Homelessness and Housing Affordability
- Out-of-Home Care That Doesn’t Leave People Behind
- Creating New Jobs in Disability and Human Services.
Click here to download our submission.