Submissions

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

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.

Submission on Cashless Welfare Card

23 Oct 2020 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia calls on the Senate to reject the Cashless Welfare Card Bill in its entirety. It should do so to end the harms being caused in the regions where the card has been imposed. Rejecting the Bill would also send a clear signal to the many thousands of unemployed Australians that the parliament will work to protect their dignity and rights, and focus on keeping them out of poverty, as we work together to recover from this recession.

Supplementary Submission on Robodebt

17 Sep 2020 by Anglicare Australia

In this submission, Anglicare Australia recommends that the Robodebt scheme be replaced with a compliance regime that has been assessed for errors, tested, and includes human oversight to mitigate the risk of error. Such a system would be more likely to achieve Centrelink’s stated mission of delivering “easy and convenient access to high quality government and community services that improve the lives of Australians, their families and communities.”

Supplementary Budget Submission 2020-21

26 Aug 2020 by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia has been closely watching the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and downturn on our communities. While stimulus has so far been on immediate hardship, we know from past crises that we must prepare for longer-term social and economic impacts. Our submission offers insights on how to help people cope with the current crisis, explores the impact of current government measures, and makes recommendations on how the Federal Budget can help prepare for longer-term impacts.

Submission on Family and Domestic Violence

24 Jul 2020 by Anglicare Australia

Our submission puts forward priorities and initiatives for reducing violence, improving gender equality, and addressing policies that contribute to structural inequalities. We have also advocated for a whole-of family approach to preventing and addressing violence by keeping children and women safe and holding perpetrators to account.

Submission on the Inquiry into Homelessness

10 Jul 2020 by Anglicare Australia

In this submission Anglicare Australia points to our Network’s key insights and analysis on homelessness over the past few years and draws together current intelligence from network members dealing with housing and homelessness during this pandemic. Government investment in infrastructure and economic activity is an essential strategy for economic recovery. Making social housing, social services and improved tenant security a priority for that investment will create positive change.

Submission to the Select Committee on Covid-19

30 Jun 2020 by Anglicare Australia

As a locally-based network with national reach, Anglicare Australia is already supporting those in need as our economy recovers from Covid-19. As frontline services, we have been closely watching the impact of the pandemic on our communities. While the current focus is rightly on the immediate impacts on individuals and communities, we know from our experiences of past crises that we must prepare for the longer-term social and economic impacts. Our submission offers insights on how to help people cope with the current crisis, explores the impact of current government measures, and makes recommendations on how to prepare for longer-term impacts.

Submission on NDIS Workforce

16 Apr 2020 by Anglicare Australia

In this submission, Anglicare Australia calls for changes to the pricing structure and planning process. We also call for recognition of the complexity of human needs and behaviour. These changes are critical for the NDIS to ensure quality services for Australians living with disability, fair wages for staff, and financial sustainability for providers.

Submission on Pay-Day Lenders

19 Feb 2020 by Anglicare Australia

This submission summarises the Anglicare Australia Network’s experience with pay-day lending and the harm the industry causes the people we work with. We have found that a combination of low income, lack of savings, and poor access to mainstream banking and financial services can lead people to use pay-day loans for short-term and sudden financial crises. It is unacceptable that these pay-day loans are, for some people, the only option they have to access emergency credit.

Submission on Centrelink Income Reporting

14 Feb 2020 by Anglicare Australia

In this submission, Anglicare Australia welcomes measures that simplify reporting obligations and reduce payment errors. We also argue that the Government must act on the lessons learned from its failed robodebt scheme before embarking on a new system. We recommends that the reporting changes be passed, on the condition that the Government conducts user testing on these proposed changes. The Government must also show that it has considered any unintended consequences and risks of harm to those using the system.