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

Submission on NDIS Assessments

29 Mar 2021 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia is deeply concerned about the impacts of the soon-to-be-mandatory independent assessment process for NDIS participants, and we do not accept the reasoning by which the Government is justifying this change. Above all, we are disappointed about the loss of choice and control for participants and the clear lack of insight into the specific and individual needs of a person with disability. If these changes are passed, the principles that underpin the very foundations of the NDIS will be left behind.

Submission on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

24 Mar 2021 by Anglicare Australia

There is a strong relationship between mental ill health and other experiences of disadvantage. For example, our members have found that people with experiences of trauma, unemployment, and homelessness are also more likely to experience mental illness. These relationships between mental health and disadvantage can exacerbate each other. This submission explores these factors, and draws the Committee’s attention to Anglicare Australia pieces that explore these issues in greater detail.

Submission on ACNC Charity Regulations

15 Mar 2021 by Anglicare Australia

The stated purpose of these changes is to target unlawful activity. However, most of the proposed changes do not relate to unlawful activity. The substantive changes largely relate to hypothetical future offences, staff and volunteer protest, and worse still, subjective judgements about whether a charity might engage in unlawful activity in the future. Anglicare Australia believes that the proposed regulations are too flawed to be resolved by amendments. We recommend they be withdrawn in their entirety.

Submission on DSS Programs

12 Feb 2021 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia sees a central goal of community services to be contribution to a broad notion of human well-being and flourishing. But government commissioning and service delivery should also aim to capture benefits beyond the individual that are sector and society wide. Acknowledging the tighter focus on delivering services within narrow parameters, we are wary of the intended or unintended loss of some services and activities.

Submission on Safe Lending Laws

3 Feb 2021 by Anglicare Australia

These measures are a white flag in the battle against amoral lending practices. They go against the best interests of people on low incomes that would be deeply impacted if it is passed. Anglicare Australia strongly opposes this Bill and urge the Committee to reject it in its entirety.

Submission on Electoral Act

29 Jan 2021 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia believes that the current Act is functioning properly in meeting these needs and regulating the election activities of charities and not-for-profits. In particular, the current definition of ‘Electoral Matter’ has struck the right balance between transparency and promoting participation in the political process.

Pre-Budget Submission 2021-22

18 Dec 2020 by Anglicare Australia

This submission offers insights on how the next Federal Budget can help people cope with the reverberations, explores the impact of current government measures, and makes recommendations on how to prepare for longer-term impacts.

Submission on Climate Bills

19 Nov 2020 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia believes that these Bills presents us with the chance to protect Australia from further global warming and help our communities to adapt and grow stronger. We know we need to resist being mired in the now – instead we must sharpen our focus on our future. It’s not too late. We are capable of doing better. These Bills would enable us to do better.

Submission on JobSeeker Cut

19 Nov 2020 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has long called for JobSeeker payments to be raised for good. In March, we welcomed the Government’s move to raise the rate of JobSeeker above the poverty line, finally ending its 26-year freeze on support for people out of work. However this Bill will undo much of that work, further slashing rates on top of cuts already made in September. It will reverse the gains that Australia has made in tackling poverty, and plunge record numbers of people into hardship and deprivation as they work to recover from this historic downturn.