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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

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CSSA Submission to the Productivity Commission (Commission) Inquiry into Human Services.

Catholic Social Services Australia regards Australia’s social service system as both a universal entitlement and social safety net, able to be accessed by anyone in need. We believe that our social services system is a critical part of Australia’s social infrastructure which both protects vulnerable people from destitution and offers them the means through which they can reconnect with their community and participate fully in society.

Last updated: 10 August 2016

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CSSA submission on the Family Payments Structural Reform Bill

CSSA appeared before the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee’s Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2015.

Last updated: 12 May 2016

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CSSA 2016-17 Pre-Budget Submission

This submission provides CSSA's recommendations for the 2016-17 Commonwealth Government Budget. CSSA urges the Government to adopt equity as its chief guiding principle, in order to ensure vulnerable families and individuals are not unfairly disadvantaged by expenditure cuts.

Last updated: 4 February 2016

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CSSA submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill

Catholic Social Services Australia's (CSSA) submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill.

Last updated: 19 November 2015

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Future Role and Contribution of Regional Capitals to Australia

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Inquiry into the “Future Role and Contribution of Regional Capitals to Australia”.

Last updated: 7 May 2015