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

Submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill

27 Sep 2019 by Anglicare Australia

This is now the third iteration of this policy that the government has attempted to introduce in as many years, but the level of community and sectoral opposition to the measure remains unchanged. There is no change to the lack of evidence to support this proposal. Anglicare Australia urges the Committee and the Senate to reject this bill in its entirety.

Submission on Centrelink's compliance program

20 Sep 2019 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia believes that the issues confronting the Robodebt system can no longer be described as errors. The countless public cases of false debts, the millions of dollars in wrongly issued notices, and the fact that the Department of Human Services no longer defends the legality of these debts when challenged in court all show that the failures of this system are well known to those who administer it. We recommend that the automated debt recovery system be suspended immediately.

Submission on the adequacy of Newstart and related payments

13 Sep 2019 by Anglicare Ausrtralia

It is past time for the Australian parliament to legislate immediate increases to Newstart and related payment. Anglicare Australia recommends an immediate increase to Newstart and related payments of $96 a week for single people. We also call for the creation of an independent Social Security Commission to regularly review and adjust government income payments.

Submission on the impact of changes to service delivery models on the administration and running of Government programs

23 Aug 2019 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia welcomes this inquiry bringing more attention to chaning service delivery models within the Australian Public Service (APS). It is deeply flawed for the Australian Government to outsource fundamental responsibilities it holds for citizens to the private sector. The experience of our Network is that the outsourcing of complex human service administration and delivery to private companies, and the increasing reliance on automation without human oversight, is damaging the delivery of services to the Australian community, and the APS itself.

Submission on the NDIA Annual Price Review

24 May 2019 by Anglicare Australia

The NDIS pricing model is not working for individual or group support. In particular, the prescriptiveness of NDIS plans (including around staffing qualification levels for different activities) are operationally prohibitive, and travel is completely unaffordable. It is deeply disappointing that because issues with NDIS pricing have not been resolved, large providers are having to cease service provision. This is to the severe detriment of the wellbeing of participants. Fundamental changes must be made if the NDIS is going to ensure quality, accessible services and choice and control for Australians living with disability.

Anglicare Australia submission on a ‘public health approach’ to protecting children

29 Mar 2019 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has responded to the Productivity Commission's consultation on systems for protecting children. To work in the best interests of children, we must ensure the wider support networks are strong and supportive. Anglicare Australia has called for purposeful investment in supporting families to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which children can develop. It is also clear that outcomes are worse for children in care than those who have never entered the care system. We argue that the best approach is to support parents and families to provide loving and secure homes.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Social Security Commission Bill

7 Mar 2019 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia's submission on the Social Security Commission Bill notes that social security payments have not kept up with the cost of living. Australia strongly supports the creation of an independent Social Security Commission for government income payments to ensure no Australian reliant on such payments lives in poverty.

Anglicare Australia Submission into the ParentsNext Inquiry

7 Feb 2019 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia's submission to Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into ParentsNext focuses on the need for urgent reform of the program. As an early intervention program that provides personalised support, the ParentsNext program has the potential to help parents to work towards their education and employment goals. However, the focus on compliance and sanctions has hurt the people that ParentsNext should be helping. It has placed severe stress on participants, put vulnerable families further at risk, and stopped providers from supporting people.

Anglicare Australia Pre-Budget Submission

1 Feb 2019 by Anglicare Australia

The 2019-20 Federal Budget will be handed down in April. Australia is facing growing inequality, and where the cost of living is rising faster than wages or income support. That's why it's critical that the tax and transfer system is reformed, and that income support payments are raised and restructured. These are key recommendations in our submission, along with recommendations on aged care, disability, mental health, housing, out-of-home care, and employment services.

Anglicare Australia Submission on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care

27 Sep 2018 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has provided input into the Terms of Reference for the proposed Royal Commission into aged care. Our submission calls for a close examination of the needs and expectations of older Australians, their families and the community with regards to aged care. We also call for an exploration of ways to improve quality, staffing, and wellbeing across the sector.