Job Vacancy: Research and Policy Officer
Anglicare Australia is looking to recruit a motivated and thoughtful person to join our team, beginning immediately.
The Anglicare Australia national office supports and coordinates the joint social policy, research and advocacy activities of the network of 34 independent, faith-based social service member organisations across the country. Anglicare Australia is an equal opportunity employer, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.
Click here to review the position description and selection criteria. For more information contact Imogen Ebsworth, Director of Policy and Research on 02 6230 1775.
Anglicare Australia calls for a national plan to tackle housing affordability
Anglicare Australia is calling for a national plan to tackle the housing affordability crisis. This echoes calls made by the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors.
“Housing in Australia is broken. Anglicare Australia’s research shows that affordability has been plummeting for the last ten years. That’s why more Australians are homeless and at risk of homelessness than ever before. And it’s why capital city mayors have been calling for action,” said Anglicare Australia Acting Executive Director Roland Manderson.
Mr Manderson called for investment in affordable and social housing.
“People on the lowest incomes are being squeezed out of the rental market. That’s why it’s urgent that we invest in social housing. This would be the most powerful first step to tackling homelessness. Our social housing shortfall is massive. We need 300,000 new social properties across Australia. There is no way to put a positive spin on that gap. The federal government must commit to ending this shortfall and ensure that everyone has a place to call home,” Mr Manderson said.
Click here to read the media release. Coverage of this story at The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The West Australian, and Nine News.
Anglicare Australia Network members meet with key ministers
Anglicare Australia has been meeting with new Ministers and a small group of relevant CEOs, which are being hosted by Anglicare Australia Network members in the Ministers’ electorates. These meetings cover key issues of interest to Network members.
The most recent meeting was with Michelle Landry, Assistant Minister for Children and families, held in Rockhampton. The meeting covered issues surrounding foster and young people in care, kinship care, and the Home Stretch campaign. The discussion also covered domestic violence, housing, homelessness, and the expiry of funding for the Equal Remuneration Order for the sector.
As part of these meetings, Anglicare Australia has also been preparing briefs for Ministers on key issues facing our Network. We have been liaising with members about these briefings and their content.
For more information about the ministerial meetings and briefings, email [email protected].
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, Voice. Treaty. Truth., invited all Australians to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for a shared future.
Community Lunch at Ashmont Community Centre hosted by Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT. The lunch included a free BBQ, the opportunity to make Johnny Cakes complete with firepit and camp oven, and Indigenous dance performances and craft activities.
Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT also participated in a NAIDOC Koori Cook Off at Goulburn. The event included lucky door prizes to be won, a free sausage sizzle, a cake cutting, and a performance from the Goulburn High School Didgeridoo group.
Anglicare Victoria celebrated NAIDOC week by inviting its Reconciliation Action Plan Steering Group from St Luke’s region to respond to questions, and published their inspiring and thought-provoking replies.
In Maryborough, Anglicare Southern Queensland held a NAIDOC Week event that included football and netball matches to watch and heaps of activities including face-painting, Indigenous art and crafts, story-telling, a Kup Murrie (traditional feast) and more. Anglicare Southern Queensland also immersed themselves in traditional art workshops with Aboriginal artist, Arthur Conlon. Arthur was born in Cherbourg, and is a proud descendant of the Wakka Wakka tribe.
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.
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 Indigenous experiences of democracy tour at the Museum of Australian Democracy.
Political interference shows we need an independent process for Newstart
Anglicare Australia has renewed its call for an independent body to set income support rates. The call follows revelations that the Government interfered in a Parliamentary Inquiry’s recommendations on Newstart rates.
“The political process has been failing people out of work for years. This incident is just the latest reminder of that,” said Anglicare Australia’s Acting Executive Director Roland Manderson.
“Our sector has been calling for an independent income support commission for years – and the public agrees. 61% of Australians polled by Anglicare Australia want these rates to be set independently of Government.
“If the Government won’t listen to its own MPs, experts, and inquiries – or respect the evidence – then it’s time to hand the power over to someone who will.”
Click here to read the media release. Coverage of this story is available here.
Register for Anglicare Australia’s 2019 Conference
It is with great pleasure that Anglicare Australia invites you to the 2019 Anglicare Australia National Conference, to be held at the Pan Pacific in Perth from 8–11 September 2019. Early bird registrations have now opened, and registrations are open online.
Our theme for 2019, Our Stories: The Power to Change, will capture our work and builds on our mission. As Anglicare Australia Network members, we work in hundreds of communities across Australia to build resilience, inclusion and justice. And as a Network, we are always sharing stories of change as we advance our mission.
Speakers will include:
- Kim Beazley, Governor of Western Australia and former Opposition Leader
- Jane Caro, commentator and author, who is set to appear in an IQ2 debate on ageism
- Dr Tracy Westerman, West Australian of the Year, who recently launched the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship at Curtin University
- Katie Stubley, of the Centre of Social Impact and Director of the Social Impact Festival
- Janet Anderson, Aged Care Quality Commissioner
- Archbishop Kay Goldworthy will preach at the conference’s opening service
- An expert panel will explore issues in philanthropy and social ventures
Delegates will be treated to concurrent sessions from experts from across the Anglicare network, outstanding keynote addresses, and networking opportunities throughout the three days. And as always, we will kick off on Sunday evening with an opening service.and the conference itself with a welcome from the traditional owners.
And hurry. Early bird closes soon. Click here to register for the Anglicare Australia National Conference now.
Tours of Anglicare WA services available for Anglicare Australia conference delegates
Anglicare WA is offering Anglicare Australia conference delegates the opportunity to tour Foyer Oxford. Foyer Oxford is a cutting edge youth housing service located on Oxford Street in Leederville. Part of the international Foyer movement, the multimillion dollar project is founded on the idea that ending youth homelessness can be achieved through education, training and sustainable employment. This program has the capacity to house and support 98 young people, including 24 young parents and their children. It is the largest single site homelessness service for young people in Australia. You are invited to tour this program and see how the facility runs on Wednesday 11 September. The tour will leave the conference venue at 2.30pm.
Delegates are also invited to meet with Anglicare WA’s Rainbow Committee. Anglicare WA prides itself on being fiercely inclusive and we have a vibrant Rainbow Committee that have led the agency through many terrific initiatives. If you would like to meet our Committee or learn more about the Rainbow program, representatives will be available at the Pan Pacific in Perth (the conference venue) on Wednesday 11 September at 1pm.
To express interest in participating in the tour, please email [email protected].