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

What Disposable Income? - Submission to the Income Inadequacy Inquiry

1 Aug 2012 by Anglicare Australia

Often those in receipt of benefits, especially those who are on long-term benefits, come from an intergenerational history of disadvantage and unemployment. Lower levels of education combined with poor health, deprivation, stigmatisation and mental health conditions has led to a lower starting point from which to be able to acquire sustainable employment. Poverty is a great inhibitor to employment and research in Australia shows that for some families, namely those on Newstart , poverty is persistent through generations.

Draft Homelessness Bill 2012 Submission

1 Aug 2012 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia commends the Minister for Homelessness, the Hon Brendan O’Connor, for following through on the Government’s promise to establish legislation which enshrines a commitment to quality service provision aiming to end homelessness for people who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming so. The draft Bill is a laudable addition to the foundational documents which represent the experience of homelessness in Australia and how we, collectively, mean to overcome it. There are, however, elements of the draft Bill which have given us pause and these, along with those elements that we would particularly like to commend, are provided for consideration.

Strategies for reducing reliance on high-cost, short-term, small amount lending

25 Jun 2012 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia commends Ministers Shorten and Collins along with both Treasury and FaHCSIA for the diligence they have shown in pursuing the consumer credit protection reforms. Financial exclusion, in all its forms, is a major barrier to meaningful participation and this suite of reforms assists people living on low incomes participate in society as other more financially secure individuals have the opportunity to do.