Report shows we must tackle inequality
Acting Executive Director Roland Manderson joined the launch of ACOSS’s Inequality in Australia report, and the launch’s press conference, on Tuesday 31 July. He said the report shows we must tackle inequality.
“Inequality is real – and this report shows that it’s worse than many people think,” said Mr Manderson.
“Australia has had twenty years of economic growth, but not everyone is sharing the benefits. A smaller and smaller number of Australians own more and more of the nation’s wealth.
“The report also shows that the gap between the highest and lowest and incomes is growing. That’s something the Anglicare Australia Network has been seeing for years, with more people seeking help from our emergency relief services. Worryingly, some of the people coming to us – a growing number – are in paid work.
“We must accept that growing inequality is a problem across Australia and do something about it – not leave people behind,” Mr Manderson said.
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Anglicare Australia marks NAIDOC Week by launching Reconciliation Action Plan
As part of NAIDOC Week celebrations, Anglicare Australia has launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan. The Plan has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and marks the first steps towards a reconciliation journey.
Karen Mundine, CEO of Reconciliation Australia, commended Anglicare Australia’s inaugural Plan.
“Reconciliation Australia is delighted to welcome Anglicare Australia to the Reconciliation Action Plan program and to formally endorse its inaugural Reflect RAP. We wish Anglicare Australia well as it takes these first critical steps in its reconciliation journey.”
Anglicare Australia's Executive Director Kasy Chambers said the Plan recognised the organisation's role in supporting change.
“As the Executive Director of Anglicare Australia, I’m proud to launch our first RAP. This Plan outlines our strategy for implementing and measuring practical actions to build respectful relationships and for exploring opportunities for cultural learning and development across the Anglicare Australia Network.”
Click here to download Anglicare Australia’s RAP.
NAIDOC Week marked by the Anglicare Australia Network
Anglicare Australia Network staff have held and attended NAIDOC Week celebrations across Australia, celebrating the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year's theme, ‘Because of her, we can!’, celebrated the role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have in our families, communities and Country.
Highlights included an all-day NAIDOC celebration hosted by Anglicare Sydney. Staff members were able to drop in throughout the day to chat with Aboriginal elders and the next generation, view traditional artworks and artefacts and create their own Aboriginal artwork.
In Darwin, Anglicare NT supported the NAIDOC Awards and a family movie day with Larrakia Nation, and in Alice Springs, Anglicare NT held a Family Fun Day with stalls, food and activities including an activity for children and families to draw or write about the inspiring women in their lives.
In South Australia, AnglicareSA are partners in the NAIDOC SA Committee, which holds five major events including the NAIDOC SA Awards and the NAIDOC SA Ball.
Anglicare Southern Queensland has marked NAIDOC week by speaking to some of their Indigenous staff to find out more about their roles with Anglicare and what NAIDOC Week means to them. Click here to read their profiles.
As well as these highlights, other Anglicare Australia Network members held events all over Australia.
Anglicare Australia's national office staff also participated in events in Canberra, including the “Because of Her, We Can...!” Photographic Exhibition and the screening of a digital video work by Amala Groom.
Anglicare Australia responds to proposal to expand Cashless Welfare Card
Anglicare Australia has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion) Bill 2018.
Our submission notes that:
- There is no evidence from previous Cashless Debit Card trials in Australia that it works to achieve its stated goals;
- The government’s management and evaluation of the trials has been severely criticised and found to be deeply flawed;
- There is no evidence to suggest that further trialing of the card will produce positive or credible results; and
- The proposed expansion into Bundaberg and Hervey Bay is not supported by the local community.
- Anglicare Australia has called on the Senate reject the expansion of the trail.
Click here to read the submission.
Our Better Selves project update
Anglicare Australia’s nationwide Appreciative Inquiry into our services and the people who use them, and the impact they can have, is now up and running. It’s at A Place To Belong (West End, Brisbane); Recovery Point (Broadmeadow, Newcastle); First Step (Port Adelaide); Housing Support (Alice Springs); and Child and Parent Centre (Dudley Park, Mandurah).
First workshops have now been held, and the people in each team are framing a topic for their inquiry which reflects their knowledge of the impact of the work and their vision of its best outcome. Anyone interested in knowing more about Our Better Selves can catch Roland Manderson, who is leading the project, presenting on it at the Anglicare Australia national conference in September.
For more information about Our Better Selves, contact Roland Manderson on [email protected].
Register for Anglicare Australia’s 2018 Conference
Registrations are still open for the 2018 Anglicare Australia National Conference, to be held at the Stanford Grand Glenelg in Adelaide, from 16-19 September, 2018.
This year, we are delighted to invite delegates to Yellaka, a greeting ceremony to be held before the first day of the Conference at 8am on Monday morning. All delegates are invited to bring a leaf or a small stick to place on the spirit fire of peace. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates are particularly welcome.
Our theme for 2018, Courage in Kindness: Driving Change in Work and Community, captures our work and our mission. Individually we are strong and together we are even stronger. We work in hundreds of communities across Australia, responding to the needs of people in need of care. As a network we are working towards our shared goals, collaborating to improve our work, and supporting each other as we advance our mission.
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. And as always, we will kick off on Sunday evening with an opening service on Sunday night.
Click here to register for the Anglicare Australia National Conference. When registering, please ensure that you request an invoice. Do not register with a credit card.
Join us for the Anglicare Australia National Awards for Innovation and Excellence
We are delighted to invite you to the 2018 Anglicare Australia National Awards for Innovation and Excellence. Award nominations have now closed, and this year’s awards are shaping up to be more exciting than ever.
The Anglicare Australia National Awards for Innovation and Excellence are sponsored by Telstra. They recognise the unique culture of the Anglicare Australia network in innovation, excellence, partnership and the invaluable contribution of volunteers.
This year for the first time, we are combining the Anglicare Australia Awards Ceremony and the conference dinner for one big night to remember. The event will be held at the National Wine Centre of Australia, nestled in the heart of Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens, on Monday 17 September 2018.
The Centre is the national showcase for the Australian wine industry. As the home of the nation’s wine collection, the Centre offers wine lovers an unparalleled opportunity to learn more, and enjoy the rich diversity of varieties produced in Australia.
Click here to register for the Anglicare Australia National Awards Ceremony and Dinner. When registering, please ensure that you request an invoice. Do not register with a credit card.