Following the success of previous biennial conferences, Catholic Social Services Victoria and Catholic Social Services Australia are again partnering to present Serving Our Communities with Courage and Compassion. The conference will be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre, Victoria Parade, East Melbourne on 26-28 February 2020.
As the nation’s attention again turns to bushfire, drought, regional mental health and family support, we are reminded of the important role social services play in the aftermath of community disasters. In this piece, CSSA Research Director, Brenton Prosser, overviews recent work that seeks to capture the value of the services from locally-embedded providers in regional and remote areas.
There is a richness of community that exists within many of our drought – and bushfire-affected communities. Imagine how much good could be done if we empowered these communities with the tools and services to support their family, friends and community members to better deal with the stresses of drought, bushfires and floods. Joe Zabar, CSSA's Deputy CEO in Catholic Leader
With a softening labour market, it is time for the government to focus on job creation and targeted fiscal stimulus. The government would be wise to lift Newstart and home in on families with children by increasing Family Tax Benefits. Finally, we should pilot a jobs guarantee program for those over 50 and people living in rural and regional Australia. says Joe Zabar, Deputy CEO CSSA in Eureka Street
As advocates for improving the lives of poor and vulnerable people, we have a duty to engage the issue of income adequacy and Newstart in ways that resonate with those who need to be convinced that a change is not only desirable but essential. Joe Zabar, Director of Economic Policy at CSSA
Analysis of social policy over the last five years suggests both opportunities and challenges for rebuilding public trust. Dr Brenton Prosser, Director Research, CSSA reflects on how current social policy initiatives that align with Catholic Social Teaching offer a potential way forward.
More than 20 Catholic social service providers from across Australia have joined with researchers from the Australian National University to commission new research into entrenched disadvantage.
We all have a role to play in dealing with the consequences of an economic downturn and now is the time to get our plans in place, Deputy CEO, Joe Zabar, in Eureka Street.
Times are changing. Not only do you have to be good at what you do, increasingly you need to show the outcomes of what you do. CSSA Research Director, Brenton Prosser, explores some simple strategies for social service providers to display their good work with more impact.
Deputy CEO of CSSA, Joe Zabar, said the federal government’s recent tax cuts would assist some families under financial pressure, however it did not help those on Newstart.