Anglicare Australia launches Jobs Availability Snapshot 2018
Anglicare Australia has called on the government to take urgent action to fix the Jobactive Network following the release the 2018 Jobs Availability Snapshot. The Snapshot was launched on 18 October 2018, as part of Anti-Poverty Week.
The findings from the Snapshot show that only 14 percent of all advertised jobs in May 2018 were low-skilled jobs at the entry-level. That same month 714,500 people were unemployed, including 110,735 job-seekers who need these jobs.
There was a strong interest in the Snapshot all over Australia. Anglicare Australia’s Executive Director Kasy Chambers was interviewed on ABC News, ABC Radio National, and Sky News on the morning of the Snapshot release. It continued to be featured throughout the day by ABC News, SBS News, and Sky News.
The report was written up by outlets including The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, News.com.au, Triple J’s Hack, Buzzfeed, and The New Daily. In addition to the news coverage, The Guardian ran an additional opinion piece based on the Snapshot by Greg Jericho, while Fairfax Newspapers ran an opinion piece by Kasy Chambers.
Regional interest in the report was strong. Highlights included several local ABC interviews, local WIN News stories across the country, and write ups in state newspapers such as The Adelaide Advertiser and The Hobart Mercury.
As always the Snapshot attracted interest from specialist outlets, such as Pro Bono News and Starts at 60, who focused on what the results meant for older Australians. Christian media outlets such Anglican Focus, The Melbourne Anglican, and Vision Christian Media also covered the report.
The Jobs Availability Snapshot was also the subject of speeches in parliament by Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services Linda Burney MP, Greens Spokesperson for Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert, Graham Perrett MP, Senator Murray Watt, and Mike Freelander MP.
The full report is available here. Click here to read the media release.
Anglicare Australia sponsors 2018 Anti-Poverty Week
In 2018, Anglicare Australia was again a sponsor of Anti-Poverty Week. Anti-Poverty Week was promoted at the recent Anglicare Australia conference, and Anglicare Australia launched the 2018 Jobs Availability Snapshot as part of Anti-Poverty Week. Anglicare WA’s Ian Carter also served as national co-chair of Anti-Poverty Week.
Anglicare WA held financial wellbeing workshops to introduce members of the community to useful financial wellbeing websites. Anglicare WA also held a sausage sizzle with senior students as part of Anti-Poverty Week, getting comments from them about what they think causes poverty and how people can be affected. It also hosted a community lunch with interactive activities.
Anglicare NSW South, NSW West, and ACT held its annual ‘Pens Against Poverty’ competition, featuring poems and stories with the theme ‘On the Edge’ in mind. More information about the competition is available under ‘Anglicare Network News’.
AnglicareSA spoke at ‘Poverty Within Our Community’ church services across Adelaide. AnglicareSA also held ‘AnglicareSA and Poverty’ sessions for interested staff, volunteers and local parishioners to meet together to see and hear about how AnglicareSA tackles poverty in the most economically disadvantaged metropolitan area of Adelaide.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence held ‘Walk the Walk, Start the Talk’ to raise awareness about people seeking asylum having their income support cut off by the Australian Government. The 3km walk was open to all ages and abilities.
Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action Research Centre moderated ‘Ending the Cycle of Poverty’, a panel discussion. It featured Dr Kathleen Flanagan, Professor Natalie Brown, TasCoss CEO Kym Goodes, and Meg Webb of Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre.
Anglicare North Queensland opened ‘A Tonne of Tucker in Ten Days’, a food drive with the aim of collecting a tonne of food for vulnerable people to give out as food hampers.
Anglicare Southern Queensland marked Anti-Poverty Week by encouraging staff to contribute food items to a Precinct Pantry for distribution to people sleeping rough. The pantry has been handmade and decorated by young people in the construction program at Brisbane Youth Detention Centre.
Further details of activities are available at www.antipovertyweek.org.au.
National apology to survivors of child sexual abuse
Anglicare Australia issued a statement coinciding with the national apology to survivors of child sexual abuse in October:
“Today’s apology to survivors of child sexual abuse is a landmark moment as we deal with an ugly chapter in our history. Anglicare Australia supports this apology, which is long overdue.
Anglicare Australia’s members have been listening carefully to the experiences of survivors. Their stories have helped shape the Royal Commission, and we have been incorporating the Commission’s findings across our services.
Having fully supported the work of the Royal Commission, we fully support this apology. We now hope to see an end to the denial and covering up of these inexcusable acts.”
Click here to view the full statement.
Anglicare Australia partners with ACOSS on Poverty in Australia report
Anglicare Australia has partnered with ACOSS and others leaders in the sector to release Poverty in Australia 2018. The report found that more than three million Australians live in poverty. The report was launched with an address by ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie at the National Press Club in Australia.
ACOSS also held its Annual General Meeting at the National Press Club following the launch. Jeremy Halcrow, Anglicare Australia Deputy Chair and CEO of Anglicare NSW South, NSW West, and ACT stood down from the ACOSS board at the AGM, ending his time as Treasurer of ACOSS. In recognising this, ACOSS president Tony Reidy described Jeremy as a force of leadership during times of great change for ACOSS.
More information about the Poverty in Australia 2018 report, and the National Press Club address, are available here.
Peaks welcome extra funds but urge more support for home care
Anglicare Australia joined Aged and Community Services Australia and other aged care peak bodies to welcome additional funding for the Commonwealth Home Support Program. However we called for more to be done for older Australians waiting for long periods for home care services.
“There remains a large group of older Australians whose needs are quite simply not being met – and who are at a time of life when they simply cannot afford to wait. The government must act now to address that,” said Kasy Chambers, Executive Director of Anglicare Australia.
Coverage of our remarks is available here and here. Click here to view the full media release.
Anglicare Australia stands with the community for quality aged care
Anglicare Australia affirmed its support for the Royal Commission into aged care following the release of the Terms of Reference in October.
“The quality of the care we provide is a reflection of how we value older people. This Royal Commission is an opportunity for the community to shape that care,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“Everybody has the right to dignity and quality of life as they get older. We must protect the wellbeing of older people across Australia, whether they live at home or in residential care.
“Anglicare Australia will work with the Royal Commission to ensure the wellbeing of people is placed well ahead of the wellbeing of agencies.”
Coverage of our remarks is available here. Click here to view the full media release.