Expressions of Interest: Anglicare contingent at the Garma Festival
Run by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, the Garma festival will take place from Friday 3 August to the Monday 6 August 2018. Anglicare representatives will again participate in the festival, with assistance of Anglicare NT.
This will be the third year in a row we have co-hosted the Anglicare group experience of Garma. For those who don’t know, Garma is like the DAVOS of Aboriginal affairs and culture in Australia. Over 4000 people gather for four days of political and policy discussion, cultural exposure and learning on country. The site, Gulkula, set on an escarpment overlooking the sea, is a traditional ceremonial site of the Gumatj Clan who host Garma under the leadership of clan leader and National icon Galawuruy Yunipingu OAM. This year’s Garma is the 30th and it will be special.
All attendees will need to cover the cost of their attendance at the Festival, their return flights from Darwin to Nhulunbuy, and separately organise their own flights in and out of Darwin. Individual festival tickets are $2,503.60 and the return flights are pricing at $1061.00 currently. All attendees will be invoiced separately by Anglicare NT for these costs. While we have the Garma bookings as a group, we will need to provide the names by the end of May. Booking flights however is more urgent: prices go up as time goes on and flights will sell out.
To express interest in the festival, please provide your name, contact details, and whether you plan to be part of the group flights on Thursday and Monday to Samantha Billington on [email protected] (08 8985 0005).
Expressions of Interest: Anglicare Australia Reconciliation Network
Anglicare Australia has been forming a new Reconciliation Network. The network will finalise its Terms of Reference, based on draft objectives and a statement of purpose to get the group started.
Anglicare Australia is registering its first Reconciliation Action Plan, and our hope is that this group will help us with meeting that plan as well as providing insights for the whole network around some of the issues that could further reconciliation across the whole network.
Nicole Chaplin of St John’s Youth Services in Adelaide has volunteered to facilitate the network. We would love to hear from people that feel they are able to contribute.
For more information or express interest in joining the Reconciliation Network, email [email protected].
Culture eats strategy for breakfast: Clinical Care Governance Network forum
Anglicare Australia's Clinical Care Governance Network is hosting a dinner forum on Wednesday 18 April, followed by a network meeting on Thursday 19 April in Melbourne.
The dinner event will feature guest speaker Simon Corcoran of the Change Management Institute, who will explore organisational culture and culture change projects. The network meeting will include a discussion on culture change within our organisations, and a range of other topics.
Anglicare Australia’s Clinical Care Governance Network: the network was formed from the desire to establish a dialogue across Anglicare Australia network how we manage risk and assure people we deliver high quality care and services. The network has a diverse membership mostly made up of general managers, CEOs and senior managers in development, risk, quality assurance and compliance.
To register your attendance at the dinner and the forum, contact Leanne Delaney at [email protected] and include any dietary preferences.
Brotherhood of St Laurence releases research on youth unemployment hotspots
More than one third of all unemployed people in Australia are aged 15-24, according to a new report mapping the 20 worst "hotspot" regions for youth unemployment in 2018. The data analysis finds 55 of the total of 87 regions in Australia are burdened by youth unemployment rates above 11 per cent. This stands in contrasts to the overall national unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent, which includes all age groups.
Striking locational differences have emerged. In five regions – all outside capital cities – youth unemployment among 15 to 24 year olds in the labour force surpassed 20 per cent.
The report analyses Australian Bureau of Statistics data to find youth unemployment is at its extreme – more than 65 per cent – in a thinly populated but vast tract of land in the Queensland outback, encompassing Cape York as well as the mining centres of Mount Isa and Weipa.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Executive Director, Conny Lenneberg, said the new report exposed how location was shaping opportunities for young Australians.
"In our prosperous country it’s very worrying when we have more than a quarter of a million young people in the labour force who are unemployed. Youth unemployment hotspots in outer suburbs and rural areas are carrying the heaviest burden," she said.
This story was covered by ABC News.
Click here to read more about the Brotherhood of St Laurence's research.
Anglicare Sydney Says Support Service Cuts Are Hurting Asylum Seekers
Recent changes to the Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS) for people seeking asylum in Australia are causing distress and creating further hardship, says Anglicare Sydney.
The Federal Government’s SRSS program provides income support (about 89% of Newstart allowance – just over $450 p/fortnight for a single person), case management, and other supports for those seeking a protection visa who are in financial hardship. The current changes to eligibility include possibly ceasing all SRSS support to people seeking asylum who study full-time, including English.
“It’s a month since the changes were rolled out and we are starting to see the impact on the people we support,” says Zoe Paleologos, Anglicare Research and Advocacy Officer.
“These changes are pushing an already vulnerable cohort into further hardship and limiting opportunities to build resilience and financial independence.”
Anglicare Sydney has urged the Government to withdraw these changes to SRSS. This issue has been covered in Pro Bono News and in The Australian.
Click here to read more information about the cuts.
Anglicare Social Action Research Centre will continue to fight pokies
Following the results of the recent Tasmanian election, the Anglicare Social Action and Research Centre vowed to continue to fight harm from poker machines.
“This election has clearly demonstrated that poker machines are an issue of major concern to Tasmanians," said Meg Webb of the Social Action and Research Centre.
“An ERMS poll conducted before the election showed that the majority of those surveyed supported a policy of removing poker machines from hotels and clubs.
“Many people from across the political spectrum share our vision for pokie-free communities. Post-election we encourage Tasmanians to contact their local Members of Parliament to keep voicing those concerns.
“As we have for the past two decades, Anglicare will continue to provide evidence-based research on this issue.
“We will keep advocating for the removal of poker machines from hotels and clubs as we know too well the damage caused by having a dangerous product located in local communities.
And, as always, Anglicare – along with our colleagues in other community service organisations – will keep delivering support and help to the many individuals and families whose lives are being harmed by poker machines.”
Click here to download the results of the ERMS poll. Click here to read the full statement from the Social Action Research Centre.
Discerning the Spirit in our Practice: Chaplaincy and Parish Community Work Network Meeting
The Chaplaincy and Parish Community Work Network met in Hobart on 14-16 March. Seventeen members gathered at All Saint South Hobart for most of the session as well as visits to the Trinity Hill Youth Housing Program, Anglicare Tasmania as well as a Retreat Session led by Bishop Chris Jones at St Raphael's Church Fern Tree near Mount Wellington.
The theme of the meeting was 'Discerning the Spirit in our Practice' and included an integrated exploration of the role of our organizations in the context of the community we serve, our Christian foundations, links to spirituality and wellbeing, and where we see the work of the Spirit in the midst of our daily practice.
Notes from the meeting are available upon request from [email protected].