Submissions

Anglicare Australia regularly makes formal submissions to public inquiries, drawing on the work of its member organisations and advocating for their clients.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Commonwealth Redress Scheme

26 Feb 2018 by Anglicare Australia

In a submission to a Senate Inquiry, Anglicare Australia has rejected a proposal from the Government that those convicted of child sex offences or more for serious crimes would be excluded from the Commonwealth Redress Scheme. Singling out offenders would be a retrograde step at a time when institutions should be making amends all child victims of sexual abuse in their services.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Electoral Reform Bill

26 Feb 2018 by Anglicare Australia

Our submission argues that the Bill would not address the influence of foreign interests in electoral politics in any meaningful way, nor would it shine any light on any untoward influence on elections or political decision making. The Bill would also discourage community organisations from using their knowledge and work to inform and influence public policy, and limit their participation in public debate. Our recommendation is that the Bill is withdrawn.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Quality of Residential Aged Care

19 Feb 2018 by Anglicare Australia

This submission was a complement to other contributions made by Anglicare Australia’s aged care providers to the various related reviews and debate on their own behalf, through the National Aged Care Alliance, and through LASA and ACSA, the aged care provider peak bodies. Amongst other things, we argued that simply adding more stringent compliance procedures and quality assurance mechanisms will not ensure a residential aged care system that is safer and of higher quality. We urged the Committee to focus on improving the quality of care more holistically to ensure that staff at all levels, and the organisations as a whole, have the care and wellbeing of their residents at heart and in the forefront of their minds. Furthermore, our members were united in the belief that increased support and advocacy for residents and their families are essential, and that more robust complaints processes need to be established across the industry.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Market Readiness of the NDIS

19 Feb 2018 by Anglicare Australia

This submission draw the Committee’s attention to Anglicare Australia’s two submissions to the Productivity Inquiry into the NDIS and costs, in which we addressed many of the matters listed in the terms of reference in some detail, including the impact of pricing, the issues surrounding provider of last resort, and development of the NDIS workforce.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Future of Work

23 Jan 2018 by Anglicare Australia

This submission is to draw the Committee’s attention to our Jobs Availability Snapshots, completed in 2016 and 2017, as their findings and recommended policy approaches were directly relevant to the inquiry’s Terms of Reference. Our key points were that future employment strategies must be inclusionary and incorporate measures designed to ensure that people with significant barriers to work are not left behind, as they are now. Furthermore, the systematic and ongoing corrosion of job security and conditions needs urgent attention. Any future employment strategies must explicitly address the gender pay gap with concrete measures, including consideration of legislative measures to end it.

Anglicare Australia Pre-budget Submission

14 Dec 2017 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has called on the Government to rule out any further cuts to income support in its submission to the 2018-19 Federal Budget. The context for the next Federal Budget is an Australia facing growing inequality, and where the cost of living is rising faster than wages or income support. But instead of strengthening the safety net and improving support to those who need it the most, recent budgets have focused on measures that drive increasing inequality and disadvantage in Australia. We have called on the Government to reverse this trend.

Anglicare Australia DGR Submission

4 Aug 2017 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has made a submission on Treasury's Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities Discussion Paper. Anglicare Australia argues that the best use of tax deductible donations is the support of advocacy by charities and community sector organisations, and that it would be a bad move to limit tax deductible donations to the provision of essential service in Australia. That should be the responsibility of governments. That work shouldn't come at the expense of people and community organisations working together to inform public debate - and play a part in decision-making that shapes our world.

Submission on the welfare reform bill

4 Aug 2017 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has made a submission to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017. Anglicare Australia strongly opposes the bulk of measures in this Bill. Measures proposed in this bill will increase inequality and disadvantage in Australia, and in turn create further poverty. They also do not stand in isolation, but must be considered along with the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Better Targeting Student Payments) Bill 2017, the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending Carbon Tax Compensation) Bill 2017, and Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2017. Together these bills are a coordinated attack on people on the lowest incomes in our community, and Australia’s social contract to provide support to people when they need it.

Submission on the payment integrity bill

4 Aug 2017 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has made a submission to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2017. Anglicare Australia urges the Committee and the Senate to reject this bill in its entirety, as there is no reasonable or fair rationale for these measures. They are retrograde and inappropriate in their targeting of people on low and middle incomes with cuts to essential and reasonable government financial support.

Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Human Services

24 Jul 2017 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has made a submission to the next stage of the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Human Services, the Draft Report into Reforms to Human Services. Our response to the Draft Report is based on our view that human services are both a universal entitlement and a safety net, ensuring that everybody has a stake and everybody counts.