Anglicare Australia releases inaugural edition of Prospect
Anglicare Australia has released the inaugural edition of Prospect, a whistle stop tour around the Anglicare Australia Network, our members, our programs – and most importantly, the people we serve.
This is the first edition of Prospect, which showcases flagship programs and services across our network. In extraordinary times, it also highlights the achievements, innovations, and sheer excellence in our service to the community as we all recover from the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic.
Conveying our story through the eyes and voices of clients, staff, communities and volunteers, Prospect shows how effective, tailored, caring and compassionate responses to people and communities should look.
We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed writing and producing it.
Click here to download your copy of Prospect. Hard copies are being posted to Anglicare Australia members, and you can contact [email protected] if your copies don't arrive.
Raise the rate for good: JobSeeker increase must become permanent
Anglicare Australia has stepped our efforts to secure a permanent increase to JobSeeker. We have developed an action kit for Anglicare Australia members to lobby their local MPs, including:
- step-by-step advice on seeking, preparing for, and following up on meetings
- template letters requesting meetings
- a briefing for MPs on the rate of JobSeeker
- advice on how to localise these materials with electorate-based information.
The Australian Council of Social Service has also prepared an updated message guide for the Raise the Rate campaign, which Anglicare Australia members can draw from.
Anglicare Australia has also continued to be active in the media on the rate of JobSeeker. Publicly we have said that increase has become urgent, with unemployment at a record high.
“Hundreds of thousands of Australians have lost their jobs and their livelihoods during this pandemic. Others were out of work and living in poverty long before that,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“Some 1.6 million people are now locked out of work. Many are families struggling to support their children. More than ever, we owe these Australians a safety net that will protect them.
“We’re pleased that the Government is now looking at real action – by keeping its JobSeeker increase beyond September.
“We stand ready to work with them to make this change for good.”
Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s latest media releases on JobSeeker. For a copy of our action kit, or for the campaign’s updated message guide, contact [email protected].
Housing package ignores social housing, leaves renters high and dry
Anglicare Australia has said that the government’s HomeBuilder announcement left renters and people on low incomes high and dry.
“Renters are on the frontline of this downturn. Many are losing their incomes, and some are scared of losing their homes,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“Anglicare Australia’s 2020 Rental Affordability Snapshot shows that renters on low incomes were in crisis even before the pandemic. With this downturn due to last for years and so many Australians losing their jobs, record numbers of people are at risk of poverty and homelessness.
“There was a simple solution to this problem: social housing. Building social housing would have kept a roof over people’s heads and given a badly a needed boost the economy.
“This announcement was a lost opportunity to end our social housing shortfall and help people in need. Instead we’re back to business as usual – handing out money to people who can already afford to renovate or invest,” Ms Chambers said.
In the lead-up to the announcement, Anglicare Australia had been publicly calling for a package that included social housing and provided stimulus to people most in need.
Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s media release in the wake of the announcement. Click here to read our media release ahead of the announcement.
Anglicare Australia makes submission to Select Committee on Covid-19
Anglicare Australia has made a submission to the Select Committee on Covid-19. 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.