Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia Dr Maria Harries AM today announced the appointment of Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Social Services Australia. “Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO is one of Australia’s leading advocates for justice and equity. His record on speaking out on behalf of people who have been ignored and disregarded in our community is unparalleled.
"The Priority Investment Approach to Welfare announced by Minister Porter today has the potential to make a huge difference to the lives of disadvantaged individuals. However the Government must fund programs that improve the overall well-being of people rather than programs that simply move people out of the welfare system," Marcelle Mogg, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, said.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed the Federal Parliament’s decision to change their plans to cut the energy supplement to welfare recipients. Plans to place the burden of budget repair on those who can least afford it were wrong morally and economically.
Five of Australia’s leading community service organisations have joined with ACOSS to call on Federal Parliament to reject the proposed cuts to social security payments by the Federal Government.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) and Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) are pleased to announce a new partnership to initiate the Australian Ministry Leadership Program.
An opinion piece by CSSA CEO, Marcelle Mogg. Jack, a farmer in western Queensland, has been under financial pressure for many years now, thanks to the drought. The unrelenting stress and anxiety about the future are putting strain on his marriage and his family. He works very long days and is isolated from extended family and friends. Who can he turn to? Simon, another man on the land, is struggling under the weight of grief following an accident that killed a member of his family. He’s having trouble talking to his wife who is also grieving, and the whole situation is making it hard to deal with the daily challenges of running his large dairy farm. Who can help before it gets to a crisis situation? Up until June 30, both of these men were able to access tailored community mental health, and family and relationship counselling services that were established two years ago to support drought affected communities. Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) members are among the providers who have been delivering these services, often one-on-one, usually by visiting people on their properties over a period of time, at their request, or through a community event setting, such as men’s sheds, afternoon teas, or stands at agricultural shows. However, in a blow to rural communities, the 2016-17 Federal Budget ended the ongoing funding for these crucial, and successful, services. So, from July 1, these vital, on-the-ground mental health services ceased.
The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) - of which CSSA is a member - has today issued an open letter to Australia’s political leaders urging them to develop more humane responses towards people seeking protection in Australia. The letter, sent to leaders of the major parties and the key spokespeople, follows the Catholic Bishops of Australia listing the treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum as their number one issue of concern. “One of the most pressing issues in Australia from an ethical and moral perspective is the treatment of people seeking protection in Australia,” reads the letter. “We, as members of the Catholic community, in schools, parishes, hospitals and other organisations are very concerned. Although interdiction has stopped more people coming by boat to Australian territory, those who have tried are still being punished and denied any hope of finding a new life in Australia.”
CSSA's Housing and Homelessness fact sheet outlines our position for the 2016 Federal Election. We look to our elected representatives to prioritise people experiencing poverty and vulnerability, through the development and implementation of social and economic policies that increase opportunities for all people to realise their potential.