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ACBC Submission - tax deductible gift recipient reform opportunities

The ACBC appreciates the opportunity to make a submission in response to the discussion paper issued by the Treasury, Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities (Discussion Paper). The ACBC supports initiatives to simplify the rules and administrative arrangements for Deductible Gift Recipients (DGRs). Given the extent of reform to the sector in recent years, the ACBC believes that reform should be pursued only if it creates efficiencies for the sector or is necessary to address a distinct and material problem.

Last updated: 24 July 2017

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Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2017

CSSA is concerned that the rate of poverty is growing with an estimated 2.5m people or 13.9% of all Australians living below the internationally accepted poverty line.2 The explanatory document accompanying the Payment Integrity Bill provides no analysis of the financial impact on families and individuals, nor consideration of the other recent changes to payments. Overall, the proposed Payment Integrity Bill would save the government more than $800m over the forward estimates period – money taken away from those that can least afford it.

Last updated: 24 July 2017

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CSSA Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry into Human Services - Draft Report

CSSA’s response to the Commission’s recommendations is based on our belief that Australia’s human service system is both a universal entitlement and social safety net, able to be accessed by anyone in need, especially those vulnerable families and individuals often with complex needs. We start from the position that our human services system must prioritise the dignity of the individual over issues of administrative efficiency. The system must also be adequately resources and sustainable. It is through this lens with offer our comments.

Last updated: 18 July 2017

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CSSA Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry into NDIS Costs - Position Paper

More than half of our members deliver services to people with a disability, and are committed to continue building the capacity of individuals with a disability, their families and communities under the NDIS. This submission draws on the experience of the CSSA NDIS Network Group consisting of 19 member agencies located across urban and regional Australia, who offer a vast range of services including support coordination, short-term accommodation, personal support, psychosocial disability support, community inclusion and Allied Health services. This group includes agencies with years of experience in the trial sites, as well as those who have recently and are currently transitioning to the NDIS.

Last updated: 18 July 2017

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CSSA Submission to Senate Inquiry into “Ending Carbon Tax Compensation” Bill

CSSA does not support legislative measures which will have the effect of reducing payments to the most vulnerable families and individuals in our community, especially given the current payments are not adequate to meet the rising living costs of recipients.

Last updated: 18 July 2017

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Productivity Commission’s 2017 Study into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs.

More than half of our members deliver services to people with a disability, and are committed to continue building the capacity of individuals with a disability, their families and households and their communities under the NDIS. This submission reflects our member agencies’ experiences transitioning to the NDIS, particularly drawing on the experience of those members in the NDIS Trial Sites of ACT, Nepean Blue Mountains NSW, Perth Hills WA, Barwon Victoria, and the Hunter Area NSW.

Last updated: 3 April 2017

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Catholic Social Services Australia’s recommendations for the 2017-18 Australian Government Budget

In this submission we ask that the Government consider the following recommendations: 1. Fund trials in communities and regions experiencing entrenched poverty and disadvantage; 2. Prioritise support for rural and remote communities; 3. Ensure adequate income support for low income and welfare dependent households; 4. Increase investment and certainty in affordable housing and services for homeless people; and 5. Increase investment in support for vulnerable children and families.

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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Submission to the Inquiry into “Serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre.”

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) has been very concerned about the growing evidence and external reviews (such as the report recently released by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child1) which show a lack of care and respect for the basic human rights and dignity of people seeking asylum in Australia, who are being held in isolated offshore detention centres and away from public scrutiny. We are most particularly concerned on the impact on children of indefinite detention in offshore facilities.

Last updated: 21 October 2016

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CSSA Submission to Senate Economic Committee Review of Omnibus Bill

CSSA does not support legislative measures which will have the effect of reducing payments to the most vulnerable families and individuals in our community, especially given the current payments are not adequate to meet the living costs of recipients. We remain concerned about the growing income inequality in Australia and its impacts on poor and disadvantaged communities.

Last updated: 8 September 2016

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CSSA Response to Employability Skills Training Consultation

The reworking of the ‘work for the dole’ scheme (Youth Jobs PaTH – Prepare, Trial, Hire), an initiative to help some 100,000 young people under 25 to secure jobs is a welcome attempt to get vulnerable young people into employment. However, the policy on making payments to employers of $10,000 after only six months engagement raises significant concerns. CSSA is concerned that this may result in young people, already a highly vulnerable workforce cohort, being terminated at the end of the six month period, resulting in workforce churn. Payments of $10,000 to employers effectively creates a cut-price labour force that is open to exploitation by disreputable employers.

Last updated: 8 September 2016