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Exposure Drafts - ACNC Bill 2012 and Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit (Consequential and Transitional) Bill

This submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs reflects CSSA’s views regarding the Exposure Drafts of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Bill 2012 (ACNC Bill) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit (Consequential and Transitional) Bill tabled in Parliament on 23 August 2012.

Last updated: 30 August 2012

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Going Without: Financial Hardship in Australia

A new NATSEM report commissioned by the Major Church Providers of social services in Australia shows some people living on the dole are living in such poverty, that their chances of getting a job are seriously limited. The Major Church Providers include Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army, UnitingCare Australia.

Last updated: 27 August 2012

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Adequate income support for jobless Australians

Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee Inquiry into the adequacy of the allowance payment system for jobseekers and others, the appropriateness of the allowance payment system as a support into work and the impact of the changing nature of the labour market.

Last updated: 17 August 2012

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House of Representatives Economics Committee Inquiry into the ACNC Exposure Draft Bill

CSSA has been a firm advocate for NFP sector reform for many years. This is because its member network seeks to maximise resources dedicated to programs to assist disadvantaged and marginalised Australians and thereby reduce the diversion of administrative resources caused by duplicative reporting and unnecessarily complex contracting arrangements.

Last updated: 20 July 2012

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Rural Australia and Globalisation

Paul O'Callaghan, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia, presented on Rural Australia and globalisation at the IV World Congress on Rural Life. The Congress was organised by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in collaboration with the International Catholic Rural Life Association. The theme of the Congress was “Evolution and problems of the rural world facing the challenges of globalisation”. Paul was one of a number of representatives from different regions from around the world offering perspectives on rural communities and globalisation.

Last updated: 25 June 2012

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Inquiry into Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children's Commissioner) Bill 2012

CSSA are happy to endorse the NGO Consortium’s Joint Submission to the Inquiry into the Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children’s Commissioner) Bill 2012, provided to the Senate Inquiry Secretariat on 4 June 2012.

Last updated: 6 June 2012

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Response to Exposure Draft ACNC Bill 2012 and the Treasury Consultation Paper: Review of NFP Governance Arrangements

For many years, CSSA has been an advocate for national reform to enhance the capacity of NFP agencies to focus on their core mission. CSSA has contributed to successive NFP regulatory reviews and supported reform efforts designed to reduce red tape, streamline reporting requirements and simplify contracting arrangements. CSSA also contributed to the development of the two submissions lodged by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference: a) on the Review of NFP Governance requirements and b) on the Exposure Draft of the ACNC Bill.

Last updated: 27 January 2012

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Pre-Budget Submission 2012-13

This submission is focused on government measures related to disadvantaged Australians, particularly in relation to economic and social participation. CSSA believes that the primary objective of services for these Australians should be one of promoting well-being.

Last updated: 15 January 2012

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Is any job better than the dole?

Work is always better than welfare. While this might be the conventional view in policy circles but recent research suggests that poor quality jobs can leave the unemployed no better off than they were on income support.

Last updated: 14 December 2011

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Equal Remuneration Case (C2010/3131)

Joint Submission by the Commonwealth and the Applicants – Statement of Support expressing support for the joint submission of the Australian Services Union and the Commonwealth Government to Fair Work Australia in this matter. Further, CSSA welcomes the Federal Government’s stated commitment to fund ‘its share’ of a wage increase.

Last updated: 7 December 2011

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Annual Report 2010-11

"The business of advocating for a fair, just and inclusive society on behalf of those who are most vulnerable remains central to our mission and is the constant driver of our daily activities." (Extract from Chairman's report)

Last updated: 1 October 2011

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Submission to the Australian Government's Tax Forum 4-5 October 2011

CSSA supports the creation of a more streamlined income support system that eliminates the distinction between pensions and allowances and which ensures an adequate minimum standard of living.

Last updated: 1 October 2011

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What If Employers Say No?

'What If Employers Say No?' was jointly released by Catholic Social Services Australia, Anglicare Australia, the Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia. This paper discusses the challenges faced by people with disability when it comes to finding employment.

Last updated: 9 September 2011

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Senate Inquiry into Commonwealth Funding and Administration of Mental health Services

The 2011 Federal Budget announcements indicate a substantial commitment to mental health funding in certain areas, and the current reform agenda is an opportunity for decisive government leadership in mental health policy.

Last updated: 29 July 2011

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Better Targeting of Not-For-Profit Tax Concessions

Submission in response to the Treasury Consultation Paper

Last updated: 5 July 2011

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A National Quality Framework to Support Quality Services for People Experiencing Homelessness Options Paper

CSSA provides written comment on the questions raised in the Options Paper: A National Quality Framework to support quality services for people experiencing homelessness, circulated earlier this year. Please note that the attached submission reflects the position of particular CSSA member agencies in NSW, Victoria and WA whose homelessness support work is undertaken in a range of contexts, including inner city, regional and rural locations. Although the views of all 69 member agencies are not reflected here, several Catholic agencies have already provided feedback on the Options Paper via consultation sessions held across the country and in individual submissions.

Last updated: 12 May 2011

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Senate Inquiry into a Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010

The draft Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010 is a good start toward a national, systemic, rights-based approach to valuing and supporting children in Australia. CSSA supports in principle the establishment of an independent Commissioner who would be accountable to the Federal Parliament. With appropriate powers and adequate resourcing, the position of Commissioner could make a significant difference to the way children’s well-being is supported by governments and the wider community.

Last updated: 15 December 2010

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Application by the ASU & Ors for an equal remuneration order for award employees in the Social, Community and Disability Services Sector

Catholic Social Services Australia and the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (NSW/ACT) submission to Fair Work Australia.

Last updated: 6 August 2010

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Annual Report 2009-10

A comprehensive report on CSSA's activities for the financial year 2009-10.

Last updated: 1 July 2010

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National Standard Chart of Accounts - CSSA Consultation Draft

CSSA provided comments on the Draft National Standard Chart of Accounts (SCoA) for the not-for-profit sector. CSSA invited our members to comment and seven of our 66 member organisations responded. This is a summary of their responses. One of our members, CatholicCare Sydney provided detailed comments. These are at Attachment A.

Last updated: 15 March 2010