Changes to the Anglicare Australia team
Anglicare Australia is delighted to welcome Cherie Tan to the Anglicare Australia team as Administration and Member Support Officer. Cherie will provide general administrative support to the national office team. She will also provide secretariat support to the Anglicare Australia Board and other groups. Cherie brings a wealth of experience in administration, secretariat support, and event management (super useful for our conference and network meetings) from previous roles in the public and private sectors.
We are also farewelling our Deputy Director Imogen Ebsworth, who first joined the Anglicare Australia team in 2017, and Policy and Research Officer Ellen Bugge, who joined us in 2018. Ellen will be returning home to Norway, while Imogen is pursuing an exciting opportunity as Chief of Staff to a key ACT Government Minister. We thank Imogen and Ellen and wish them both the best of luck.
Asking Those Who Know: Anglicare Australia launches survey
In December 2020, Anglicare Australia launched Asking Those Who Know. Asking Those Who Know is the report from a national survey of people getting Centrelink payments. The survey ran from July to November.
The report found that the old rate of JobSeeker was leaving people with as little as $7 a day after paying rent, leaving many people skipping meals and even couch surfing to get by. It also showed that most people feel their Centrelink activities are pointless and not leading to work.
“This survey tells us two things,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“First, we need to stop the cuts and raise the rate of JobSeeker for good. It also tells us that we need to overhaul the system. It’s time to stop punishing people for being out of work, and start giving them the support they need.”
The report was covered by The Australian, ABC News, The Guardian, SBS, the Australian Associated Press, the Canberra Times, and Seven News among others. Kasy Chambers also conducted television interviews with ABC News, Sky News, and SBS World News.
Click here to download Asking Those Who Know, and click here for the media release.
Government gives jobseekers a cut for Christmas
Anglicare Australia condemned the Government’s decision to cut the JobSeeker payment over Christmas. The cuts took effect at the beginning of January.
“Out of work Australians have woken up this morning to find that parliament has voted to cut their payments yet again,” said Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“The old rate of JobSeeker was frozen for almost three decades. It became a poverty trap, locking people out of work and forcing them to turn to agencies like ours just to get by.
“When the Government lifted JobSeeker it righted that wrong. People out of work were finally given a path out of poverty. These cuts will take that hope away – and push people back into poverty and hardship.”
Further cuts to JobSeeker are due in March, and Anglicare Australia is continuing to oppose them. For information on how to join the effort to Raise the Rate, or to get Anglicare Australia’s latest Talking Points and Briefing Paper, contact [email protected].
Click here for Anglicare Australia’s media release.
Social housing urgent to tackle the homelessness crisis
Anglicare Australia has called for an urgent boost to social housing. The call follows the release of Double Return, a landmark study from the Everybody’s Home campaign. Anglicare Australia is a partner in the campaign.
“People who are homeless – or at risk of homelessness – are at the forefront of this downturn. They should be at the forefront of the response,” says Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“This study shows that homelessness will grow by nine percent because of the Covid-19 recession. On top of that, one in four Australian families will be pushed into housing stress.
“It’s clear that the recovery is far from over. This report shows that investing in social housing would make a serious dent in homelessness, turbocharge the economy by $18.2 billion, and create 18,000 jobs.
“These projects are shovel-ready – and they’re shovel-worthy. The Government says it wants a jobs-led recovery. It’s not too late to put its money where its mouth is and fund social housing.”
Click here to download Double Return, and click here for the media release.
Save the date: Anglicare Australia National Conference
Save the date! Anglicare Australia’s 2021 National Conference will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart from 19-22 September 2021.
Early bird registrations will open in the coming months, along with a call for abstracts, so stay tuned.
As with all of our conferences, delegates will be treated to concurrent sessions from experts from across the Anglicare network, some outstanding keynote addresses, and networking opportunities throughout the three days.
So lock this event into your calendars! After a difficult year the conference will be an opportunity for the Network to come together, share ideas, and celebrate plans for the future.
For more information, email [email protected].
Anglicare Australia submission to the 2021-22 Federal Budget
Anglicare Australia has made a submission to the 2021-22 Federal Budget, to be handed down in May.
Anglicare Australia made recommendations in the following areas:
- A safety net that’s up to the challenge
- Action on housing and homelessness
- Caring for older Australians
- Disability and mental health support
- Supporting jobs and reshaping the workforce
- A better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
As we plan the recovery from the back-to-back disasters faced in 2020, our goals must be front and centre in recovery to make our workforce more resilient and more secure; to ensure every Australian has a roof over their head; to reduce poverty and inequality, and to ease the anxiety and financial stress that too many people have suffered. The next Budget will be a historic opportunity to help people, communities and business to recover, and to build back better.
Click here to download our submission.