Anglicare Australia’s National Conference held in Perth
Anglicare Australia’s National Conference was held at the Pan Pacific in Perth from 8-11 September 2019, bringing together 200 people from across Anglicare Agencies. Our theme, Our Stories: The Power to Change, captured our work and built on our mission by focusing on the stories and experiences of those who we serve.
The event began with a Board and CEO Forum which was addressed by Professor Paul Flatau, Director of the Centre for Social Impact at the UWA Business School, and Anglicare Australia’s Annual General Meeting. These were followed by an opening service and welcome reception at St George’s Cathedral, which featured an address by Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy.
Delegates began Monday morning with a Welcome to Country from Walter McGuire, a Nyungar elder and cultural consultant. This was followed by an opening keynote address from Jane Caro, who reflected on fairness and social justice in modern Australia. Many delegates have told us that Jane’s insights, humour, and fighting spirit were a wonderful and energetic way to start the conference.
Other keynote speakers included Governor and former Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner Janet Anderson, and Katie Stubley of the Centre of Social Impact. A particular highlight was the keynote address by West Australian of the Year Tracy Westerman. Tracy is a leader in Aboriginal mental health and suicide prevention whose passion blew away many of our delegates.
The conference offered more than 40 workshops over the three day period, and evaluations noted that some of these were so well-prepared and thorough that they could have been standalone keynote addresses in themselves. The workshops explored how Anglicare Australia Network members work towards our shared goals, how we collaborate to improve our work, and how we support each other as we advance our mission.
Delegates were treated to performances from the Mooditch Mob, a dance group that featured Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers from across WA, and the Generation Joy choir. The choir was made up of residents of Amana Living, and students from John Walliston Anglican Community School, and footage of their performance is available online.
We thank all of our delegates and speakers for helping make the conference a success. Speeches and presentations from the conference are available to download here.
Anglicare Australia National Awards for Innovation and Excellence
The Anglicare Australia National Awards for Innovation and Excellence, sponsored by Ansvar Insurance, recognise outstanding services, projects and programs provided by the organisations of the Anglicare Australia network, as well as individual volunteers who have made a significant contribution.
The reception and ceremony for this year’s awards were held on Monday 10 September 2019 at Fraser’s State Reception Centre in Perth. The awards were compered by Anglicare Australia Chairperson Bishop Chris Jones and presented by Archbishop Philip Freier, the Anglican Primate of Australia.
We had an extraordinary breadth of contribution across our four categories of Innovation, Excellence, Partnership and Volunteer Achievement. The 2019 winners were:
- Highly commended in the Excellence Category: Amana Living for the McCusker Nurse Service
- Winner in the Excellence Category: Anglicare WA for their Children and Young People Responsive Suicide Support (CYPRESS) program
- Joint winner in the Innovation Category: Anglicare Victoria for the Home Stretch Campaign
- Joint winner in the Innovation category: Anglicare Southern Queensland for their #OLDMATE Queensland campaign
- Highly commended in the Partnership Category: Anglicare Victoria for their Buldau Yioohgen 'Big Dreams' Leadership Academy
- Highly commended in the Partnership Category: The Samaritans Foundation for the Student Accommodation and Bean Counters Ball
- Winner in the Partnership category: AnglicareSA for their Thread Together
- Joint winners in the Volunteer Achievement category: Florence Young of Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT and David Kelly of Anglicare WA.
Special thanks to our sponsor, Ansvar Insurance, and our 2019 judges:
- Mr John Leavey, Ansvar Insurance
- Ms Claerwen Little, UnitingCare Australia
- Mr Brian Babington, Families Australia
We will run a series of profiles on the winners and highly commended entries in forthcoming issues of Aspect.
Keeping Connected: Annual General Meeting and Annual Report
The 23rd Annual General meeting of Anglicare Australia was held prior to the conference. Congratulations to Karen Crouch, Jeremy Halcrow, Grant Millard, and Dave Pugh who were each elected for another three year term on Anglicare Australia’s council. Congratulations also to Sandra Hills, Stephanie Buckland and Shane Maddocks who were co-opted to the council.
The council is the governance body of Anglicare Australia and made up of senior leaders from around the membership. In addition to skills and attributes that are sought in council members, it is balanced to ensure diversity in gender, geographic location, service type, and organisational size.
Anglicare Australia’s Annual Report, Keeping Connected, is also available online after being accepted at the Annual General Meeting. The Annual Report provides an overview of our priorities and how they have informed some of our flagship projects, including our Jobs Availability Snapshot, our State of the Family Report, our Rental Affordability Snapshot, and other research projects Anglicare Australia has undertaken in the last year.
It also showcases the work of the Network, our impact in media debates, and our role in influencing social and economic policy.
Anglicare Australia’s Annual Report is available here. More information about the Anglicare Australia Council is available here.
Drug testing trial condemned by Anglicare Australia
Anglicare Australia's Executive Director Kasy Chambers has called for the abandonment of the Government's proposed welfare drug tests, calling them a distraction from failures of the social security system.
“There has been unprecedented outcry over the low rate of Newstart and failures of the robodebt system in recent months. Dredging up this bill now looks like a red herring,” she said.
“Our research shows that in Western Sydney, Queensland, and WA where people will be tested, there are nearly six disadvantaged job seekers for every vacancy at their skill level. That’s the real problem - people are competing for jobs that just aren’t there. Forcing people to take drug tests before they can get help won’t achieve anything.
“There is no evidence that these tests help people get off drugs. The Government itself has admitted that. The countries that have trialled random drug testing have found that it’s costly and doesn’t achieve anything. In the US, it has cost up to $1600 USD per person.
“This plan has been rejected in Britain, rejected in Canada. It’s now up to the crossbench to reject these changes here.”
Kasy was interviewed by ABC News, SBS, ABC Radio National, and Channel Ten’s The Project about the revival of the proposal. Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s media release.
Anglican Church Public Affairs Commission
Anglicare Australia continues to contribute to the work of the Anglican Church through Executive Director Kasy Chambers’ role on the Public Affairs Commission of the General Synod. The Public Affairs Commission responds to aspects of public affairs referred by the Primate, the Standing Committee or the General Synod or initiated by the Commission. It is also charged with working collaboratively with any diocesan body engaged in public affairs or any network of diocesan bodies engaged in public affairs.
Much of the focus of the Commission in recent years has focused on climate change, reconciliation and constitutional reform, the treatment of refugees, and the issues facing the most disadvantaged members of our community.
Information on the membership of the Public Affairs Commission and their role is available here. A catalogue of its recent work, including its recent statements, is available here.
Prayer cards available from Anglicare Australia
Members of the Anglicare Australia Network are invited to order copies of our prayer card, which features the Prayer for Anglicare Australia. The prayer was developed by the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Network, and is often featured at official events such as the conference, dinners, and forums.
The card also features a beautiful artwork called So Loved, by Glendora Naden of Coffs Harbour NSW. To order copies of the card, contact [email protected].