Daily News - Friday 14 November 2014

Posted 14 November 2014 8:00am

Welfare changes: Kevin Andrews talks up plans at TasCOSS conference

Federal Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has told Tasmanian welfare organisations there is widespread support in the sector for the Government's proposed changes to the system.

Among the policy proposals is a move to strip welfare payments from jobseekers under 30 for six months.

It is part of the Government's "earn or learn" strategy, which it hopes will break the cycle of welfare dependency.


Changing Sector Means NFPs Need to Adapt
Mitch Fifield, Pro Bono News

Significant changes to the way Governments fund social services – particularly in disability and aged care – will usher in a new era for Not for Profits who work in these sectors.

Not for Profits will have to adapt to the changing environments heralded by, on the one hand the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and on the other, by the advent of consumer-directed care in aged care.

I am optimistic that Australian Not for Profits can not only adapt to these changes, but succeed, thrive and flourish in this new world.


Mission-driven organisations need to understand the comprehensive cost of service delivery
National Disability Services

NDS, in partnership with the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative, Curtin School of Accounting, has developed the National Costing and Pricing Framework for Disability Services.

In an increasingly complex environment, providers need more than ever to understand their individual service costs so that they can plan effectively and be sustainable.

The National Costing and Pricing Framework sets out an approach that is consistent with management accounting in the broader economy. Acknowledged by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, it provides a set of principles and definitions that can be applied to achieve a mature approach to costing and pricing practice.


Fronting Up to Disability Issues in the Victorian Election
Tricia Malowney, Pro Bono News

If you are funded to provide services to Victorians, that means all Victorians, not just the easy ones. It is time that whoever is elected to Government in a couple of weeks stands up for those of us who miss out, time and time again.

Victorians with disabilities are among the most socially and economically disadvantaged and we have been placed in the too hard basket.

With the State election just around the corner, for the past few weeks I have been anticipating the announcement of real policies which will improve the lives of Victorians with disabilities.


Hundreds protest outside parliament over NDIS privatisation
Michelle Harris, Newcastle Herald

The NSW Treasurer has labelled ‘‘offensive’’ claims the government is using the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme to privatise services, after hundreds of people rallied outside State Parliament against the transfer of public services.

State disability staff, 580 group homes and six residential centres, including Stockton, will be transferred to the non-government sector by 2018, as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


ADHC protest: Push for NSW Government to ditch privatisation plan for home care service
Nick Dole and Lucy McNally, ABC

Severely disabled people in New South Wales could fall through the cracks if disability services are privatised, unions have warned.

Macquarie St in Sydney was closed to traffic as hundreds of people rallied in front of Parliament House, demanding the government abandon its plans to hand responsibility for disability services to the non-government sector.

Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) currently falls under the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, but the State Government is set to privatise it within the next 12 months.


Mudgee's parents and carers hear about NDIS
Elle Watson, Mudgee Guardian

Mid-Western Region parents and carers of children with autism have been briefed on the National Disability Insurance Scheme two years ahead of its anticipated delivery into regional NSW.

Mudgee’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Education and Support Group met with Parkes MP Mark Coulton to discuss the scheme on Wednesday.

... A recent report commissioned by Anglicare found ageing parent carers suffered high degrees of stress and anxiety brought on by the uncertainty about who would care for their children after their death.

The Caring into Old Age report, released last month, recommended the NDIS be amended to include assessments for the level of support required by carers.


Childcare centres shun ‘substandard’ graduates
Natasha Bita, The Australian

Childcare centres are boycotting graduates of “black-listed’’ training colleges, citing concerns over substandard courses.

The Australian Childcare ­Alliance, representing centre owners, said some daycare centres were refusing to hire staff who had studied with particular colleges, despite a chronic shortage of staff. Alliance president Gwynn Bridge said some job placement agencies were enrolling unemployed people into childcare courses so they could pocket a sign-up fee from Centrelink. “Employment agencies are signing up people (for courses) who will never work in childcare,’’ she said.


NSW - Child protection staff 'frontline heroes'
PS News

Child protection case workers are "frontline heroes", according to the Minister for Family and Community Services, Gabrielle Upton.

Launching the Family and Community Services' (FACS) report, Shining a light on good practice in NSW 2014, she said child protection staff "deserve the same level of community support and recognition as our emergency services".

"Government and non-government case workers are saving kids' lives every day, but it usually goes unseen and unheralded," Ms Upton said.


UK - I had to leave child protection, but I wanted to write about how hard it is
Marguerite Valentine, The Guardian

Child protection: the daily deprivations of poverty and the ever-present chaos of incipient violence. Experiences that burn into the brain. Watching cases pass back and forth between agencies, each conference registering neglect and violence. But no action is taken. No action can be taken. The evidence must be gathered. The case proved. With the passing of each day I become aware of my impotence, my disillusionment and the growing sense of a disaster. It’s just a matter of time.

I begin seeing a therapist. He helps, puts things in context, makes sense of the impossibility of the work. The good intentions of the social worker strangled by local authority bureaucracies. The recognition that the most efficient and streamlined communication in the world won’t save a small child if the parental relationship is violent and the younger the child, the greater the risk of injury and death.


Victorian prisons at breaking point?
Rachael Brown, PM, ABC

With Victoria's prisons groaning under the weight of increasing populations and recidivism rates, community justice groups suggest it'd be wiser to invest more in diversion and rehabilitation programs. One visiting expert from Singpore managed to halve reoffending rates there, with a successful rehab program.


NSW's first Koori Youth Court to target Indigenous imprisonment rates in western Sydney trial
Mohamed Taha and Allan Clarke, ABC

A special Koori court will be set up in western Sydney in a bid to reduce the number of Indigenous young people being sent to prison.

The Koori Youth Court will begin hearing cases in Parramatta from January.

The year-long trial will give elders a prominent role in proceedings and allow offenders to be involved in developing a plan to prevent repeat criminal behaviour.


Death of Aboriginal woman in alcohol program prompts rethink
Amos Aikman, The Australian

An Aboriginal woman has died while undergoing forced rehabilitation for alcohol dependency in the Northern Territory, raising questions about the controversial scheme that bridges the gap between custody and care.

The Australian understands the woman, who relatives said was 37 or 38 years old, died early last week at the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit, which administers part of the government’s Alcohol Mandatory Treatment scheme.

The woman’s sister, Elizabeth Raggette, said relatives had not been properly notified and demanded that information about her sister’s death be released.


Premier Colin Barnett says remote WA communities face closure due to Commonwealth funding cuts

The WA Government’s flagged destruction of up to 150 remote indigenous communities is being widely condemned as harking back to assimilation days.

Premier Colin Barnett says there is no option other than dismantling the small communities — some populated by as few as five people — because the federal government will no longer fund essential services for them.

Mr Barnett told parliament on Wednesday the state government had “not yet worked out” how it was going to handle the issue.


WA- Closing remote communities will cause chaos: Aboriginal leaders
Nicolas Perpitch and Anna Vidot, ABC

Aboriginal leaders and advocates are warning the "chaos and dysfunction" caused by closing down remote Indigenous communities will cost the West Australian Government far more than addressing existing issues.

Premier Colin Barnett has acknowledged his decision to shut about half the state's 274 remote communities will cause distress to the more than 12,000 Aboriginal people living there and cause problems in the towns they move to.

However, he said existing high rates of suicide, poor health and a lack of jobs could not be ignored.


NSW - Boost to get skilled workers to the bush
Kim Chappell, The Land

The regional relocation scheme has been given a boost with the continuation of the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive.

The NSW government has abolished the Regional Relocation Homebuyers Grant which has proved ineffective at getting younger, working singles and families into regional NSW.

"Many of the successful applicants were retirees who would not be filling skills shortages and the $7000 grant was really too small to be a decisive incentive to relocate," Local Government NSW (LGNSW) president Councillor Keith Rhoades said.

Instead of the grant, the government will continue with the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive which it says is succeeding in getting skilled workers to move out of Sydney.


Revealed: the marriage gap between Britain's rich and poor
Fraser Nelson, The Spectator

[The] inequality of marriage ought to concern the left. There has been far more family breakdown over the last four decades, but it’s the poorest who are being most affected. There are no absolutes in this argument — successful families do come in all shapes and sizes — but figures do show a broad trend. Fewer than one in ten married parents have split by the time a child is five, but a third of unmarried parents do so. As Tony Blair said, ‘A strong society cannot be morally neutral about the family.’

David Cameron agreed, once. He said he was passionately in favour of marriage, and spoke up for it at the last general election. But the idea of a tax break unnerved the more socially liberal George Osborne, who has refused to implement it until the last four weeks of a five-year parliament. Nick Clegg is hotly against the whole idea, saying politicians should not make ‘moral judgments’. So even talking about the family, far less promoting it, is difficult for a reviled political class terrified of being seen to lecture voters.

The result is a creeping social segregation which is not being discussed, far less addressed.


New report highlights value of community sector: SACOSS calls for rethink of ACNC abolition

SACOSS has today used the Adelaide presentation of major research into the charities sector to call on the Federal government and Family First Senator Bob Day to reconsider the plan to abolish the national charities regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC).

Curtin University’s major research report shows that the combined turnover of Australian charities reporting to the ACNC was more than $100 billion per year, with a workforce of nearly 1 million people, alongside around 2 million volunteers.


Call for G20 Inclusive Growth Target - Report
Pro Bono News

A new Not for Profit report reveals that nearly one billion more people would be better off should Prime Minister Tony Abbott rally G20 Leaders to adopt an inclusive growth target to reduce inequality.

The Save the Children report called ‘Inclusive Growth: Ensuring everyone shares in the benefits of G20’s 2% growth target,’ reveals a two per cent inclusive growth target would see 950 million of the poorest in G20 nations better off, with increased incomes of US$800 per person on average.

Civil society organisations (C20) Chair Tim Costello told a media conference today that the G20 meeting in Brisbane this week would be "declared a failure" by a "devastated" civil society if world leaders did not adequately address the issue.


G’day G20
The Spectator Australia

Where the United Nation’s tends to wallow in popstar navel-gazing, climate change self-flagellation and tedious bouts of Israel-bashing, it is reassuring to have one international forum that might actually make the world a better place for its inhabitants.

Mercifully, the G20 under Australian leadership has thus far chosen to eschew lofty, touchy-feely goals, preferring instead to attempt to ‘restore growth and build the resilience of financial institutions and national economies’ into the future. This it sets out to do via trade agreements, slashing red tape, setting achievable targets and, well, good old-fashioned hard work. (So out of vogue in the halls of Geneva and Brussels these days.)


Philanthropy Australia CEO Resigns
Pro Bono News

The CEO of Philanthropy Australia Louise Walsh has resigned after only two years in the top job.

The President of the peak philanthropic body, Alan Schwartz, announced Thursday that he had accepted Walsh’s resignation and the hunt was on for a replacement.

“On behalf of the Council of Philanthropy Australia I wish to advise members that I have accepted the resignation of CEO Louise Walsh and notified all Philanthropy Australia staff,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz said that as part of its discussions about the role of CEO and in light of funding restraints and Philanthropy Australia’s future operating requirements, the Council had decided to restructure the executive of Philanthropy Australia.


Palmer DisUnited Party: PUP leader and Lambie engage in slanging match
James Glenday, ABC, PM

Call it the Palmer DisUnited Party: Clive Palmer's political grouping is in utter chaos today, with the expulsion of a senior staffer and something close to an outright slanging match between Mr Palmer and Senator Jacqui Lambie.

Today, the mining billionaire called Senator Lambie a 'drama queen'. She hit back, saying Mr Palmer had reached a 'new low'. A split in the party looks imminent, but Jacqui Lambie won't leave unless she's asked.


Day and Leyonhjelm invite Lambie to form new balance-of-power alliance
Rosie Lewis, The Australian

Two crossbench senators — Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm — invited Senator Lambie to consider forming a new balance-of-power alliance with them after Mr Palmer called her a “drama queen” and expelled her chief of staff from the Palmer United Party.


Pope Francis wants to build showers for homeless in St Peter's Square
Nick Squires, The Telegraph

Pope Francis has taken the axiom of cleanliness being next to Godliness to a literal extreme, ordering showers to be built for the homeless in the heart of St Peter's Square.

The Pope wants three showers to be installed in an existing public lavatory block used by tourists, located just behind the Renaissance colonnade of stone pillars that sweeps up to the entrance to St Peter's Basilica.


Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Pope Francis
James Carroll, Harvard Business Review

This year, Fortune named Pope Francis number one in its list of 50 best leaders. What does the unlikely pontiff’s way of leading suggest for others on the list and those who aspire to be there? Five characteristics explain his unprecedented arrival on the world stage ...


Pope Francis: CEO and Epic Innovator
Irwin Kula and Craig Hatkoff, Forbes

Every CEO is an evangelizer. So those struggling with how to deal with the pressures of disruption would do well to closely follow Pope Francis. His first bit of sage advice for every CEO is: “An evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!”

Last April, Pope Francis received two awards at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA). He was honored in absentia with the Adam Smith Prize, presented by the Harvard Business Review and with our Book of the Year for his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel). Pope Francis? Adam Smith? Disruptive Innovator? Really?

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