Rental Affordability Snapshot: Media wrap-up
As Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers said in this month’s editorial, the findings in this year’s Rental Affordability Snapshot were stark – and we had strong media interest in this year’s findings.
The Snapshot launch was covered by SBS News, Win News, and Channel 10, and Kasy Chambers was also interviewed live on ABC News, Sky News and on ABC Radio. The Snapshot release continued to be featured throughout the day in packages on SBS News, Prime Seven News, Sky News, and ABC Radio National.
The Snapshot was extensively featured in Fairfax newspapers with a syndicated story in Fairfax, an article in the Australian Financial Review, and a syndicated opinion piece from Kasy Chambers. Fairfax also ran regional coverage of the report, including a major article on the Sydney results in the Sydney Morning Herald and a nationally-focused piece in Domain.
The Snapshot was covered by the Guardian with a focus on income support recipients, as well as a separate opinion piece by Greg Jericho which featured regional data. The Snapshot was also covered by youth outlets such as Triple J’s Hack, Buzzfeed, and The Feed.
The national results were featured in News Ltd outlets News.Com.Au and the Daily Telegraph, which also ran a separate story focused on Sydney. News Ltd papers also covered the regional results across the country. A particular highlight was the News Ltd coverage in Tasmania, which included front page story in the Hobart Mercury and an accompanying editorial.
Our regional coverage extended to ABC News in Sydney and Hobart, the Canberra Times, Adelaide Advertiser, Hobart Examiner, Illawarra Mercury, Bendigo Advertiser, Goulburn Post, Batemans Bay Post, Daily Advertiser, Yass Tribune, Central Western Daily, Ballarat Courier, La Trobe Valley Express, Irrigator, Coffs Coast Advocate, Northern Daily Leader, Sunraysia Daily, Beagle Weekly, 4BC Brisbane, NBN News Newcastle, and countless commercial television and radio outlets across Australia.
Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s media release, and click here to visit the Rental Affordability Snapshot website.
Opinion piece: The latest depressing insight into Australia's housing crisis
In a Fairfax opinion piece that coincided with this year's Snapshot, Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers calls for urgent action on rental affordability. The piece calls for a reinvestment in social housing for people in need – and highlights the experiences of older people who are renting.
Click here to read our opinion piece in Fairfax newspapers.
Rental Affordability Snapshot: Resources
Anglicare Australia has produced infographics to highlight some of the key findings of the Rental Affordability Snapshot. These graphics are available to download and re-post, or to share from Anglicare Australia social media accounts.
Anyone hoping for a detailed understanding of the tax breaks and concessions should also read Greg Jericho’s piece in The Guardian, which uses graphs and interactive local data.
The report has also been turned into an interactive website, available at www.anglicare-ras.com. Each of the regional snapshots is available to download online.
We encourage members to use the Snapshot, the website, and these resources in their advocacy and in any meetings with parties and candidates.
Click here to download the full report from the Anglicare Australia website.
Anglicare Australia launches Election Update and Election Tracker
Anglicare Australia has launched an Election Update for our members. The updates will keep members informed of our work in the lead up to the Federal Election on 18 May. We will also be getting in touch if announcements are made that affect Anglicare Australia members.
As part of the update service, we are maintaining an Election Tracker that collates national election announcements from the Federal Government and Opposition. It includes information about all election promises, proposed costs and savings, descriptions of key proposals, and links to the election announcements themselves.
As a non-partisan organisation, we are assessing all election commitments against the calls we've made in our Federal Budget Submission and our Position Statements. We will not be tracking local and electorate-specific proposals, or proposals from minor parties and independents, unless they directly impact on Anglicare Australia members.
To sign up for the Election Updates, contact [email protected].
Anglicare Australia continues to seek election commitments
After calling on the Federal Government and Opposition to sign on to key commitments in our open letters last month, the Government has now replied to our open letter. Their response is available at the Anglicare Australia website for members to read.
Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers has been featured in media and panel discussions looking at election policies. The ABC's Philip Clark featured Kasy on a panel looking at the future of housing, and Kasy was also part of a panel on wages and work with the ABC's Fran Kelly, focusing on people who are unemployed or underemployed. These are people who have been left out of the debates around a living wage or tax cuts.
We're still waiting for key commitments from both the Government and the Opposition in our priority areas – we haven't yet heard any major commitments on aged care, social housing, the low rates of income support payments, or job creation. We hope to have news on these fronts soon.
Click here to read our open letters, and to view the Government’s response.
‘Age Well’ campaign launched ahead of the Federal Election
Anglicare Australia has kicked off our advocacy by helping to lead the Age Well Campaign with the National Aged Care Alliance. As a key member of the Alliance, Anglicare Australia has been instrumental in the campaign, which has now gone public. We hope all of our members will add their voice and spread the word.
Anglicare Australia is also writing to both the Government and Opposition, seeking commitments on aged care in line with our work on the Age Well Campaign.
For more information about our work on the Age Well campaign, contact [email protected].
Anglicare Australia responds to the 2019 Federal Budget
Anglicare Australia’s national office team were involved in many meetings and events before and after this year’s Budget. We were also kept busy on Budget night with our usual work of putting together the Budget Fast Facts analysis for Anglicare member organisations as well as a statement for the media.
Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers attended the Budget lock-up at Treasury, while Policy Officer Ingrid Hatfield attended the Department of Health briefing and Director of Media and Communications Maiy Azize attended ACOSS Federal Budget Caucus.
Deputy Director Roland Manderson joined the ACOSS community sector press conference at Parliament House following the Budget, and Anglicare Australia’s Budget commentary was covered by media outlets including ABC Radio National, Nine News, the Daily Telegraph, and Crikey. Pro Bono Australia covered our response in its wrap-ups for the sector, and also published an opinion piece from Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
This year, Anglicare Australia also released a factsheet on the Federal Opposition Leader's Budget Reply speech. It included an overview of the speech, a summary of key opposition initiatives and promises, and comments from Anglicare Australia’s team on the impacts of Budget measures.
Opinion piece: A cynical exercise in vote buying, or blue sky thinking?
Was the Federal Budget a cynical exercise in vote buying, or blue sky thinking? On either reading, it has been disappointing, writes Anglicare Australia executive director Kasy Chambers.
Click here to read the full opinion piece at Pro Bono Australia.
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:
- Jane Caro, commentator and author
- Dr Tracey Westerman, West Australian of the Year
- Katie Stubley, Director of the Social Impact Festival and lecturer at the Centre of Social Impact
- Janet Anderson, Aged Care Quality Commissioner
- A 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 on Sunday night.
Click here to register for the Anglicare Australia National Conference.
Call for Papers open for Anglicare Australia National Conference
Applications are invited for papers for the Anglicare Australia National Conference at the Pan Pacific, Perth.
Workshops and presentations are an important part of the conference, giving participants an opportunity for members of the Anglicare network to exchange information, showcase successes, promote your organisation’s agenda and make useful connections.
With a focus on the theme Our Stories: The Power to Change we welcome workshops and presentations in all service types from member organisations in areas such as:
- Cutting edge service design
- Client experience and co-production
- Communications strategies for advocacy and for service delivery
- Faith-based engagement
- Leadership, management and staff development
- Marketing / fundraising
- Organisational development
- Research, evaluation and outcomes measurement
More information on submitting an abstract is available online: events.anglicare.asn.au.
Papers should be submitted by no later than Friday 14 June 2019. To find out more, email [email protected].