Daily News - Friday 16 May 2014
National Volunteer Funding Still Uncertain
Pro Bono News
As Australia celebrates the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week and the Not for Profit sector digests the impact of the Federal Budget there’s still no certainty about ongoing funding for peak volunteer bodies and volunteer agencies.
The national peak body Volunteering Australia says it will still have to negotiate with the Federal Government’s Department of Social Services (DSS) for ongoing and future long term funding.
Budget 2014: Illawarra women's health at risk
Lisa Wachsmuth, Illawarra Mercury
The region's most "vulnerable and marginalised women" will have less access to health services under measures outlined in the federal budget, according to a health professional.
Illawarra Women's Health Centre general manager Sally Stevenson said the changes could stop women suffering from domestic violence, sexual assault and mental illness seeking the help they needed.
Disability in Budget 2014
El Gibbs, Ramp Up, ABC
The 2014 Federal Budget brings big changes for people with disabilities across a range of areas, from health to housing to welfare, but funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is secure.
If we are to work to 70, we need to rethink work
Sue Richardson, The Conversation
The norm of permanent full-time terms of employment is under serious challenge.
In Australia today more than one-third of employed people work on more variable terms – in particular as casuals (19%), independent contractors (9%), other self-employed (9%) and agency workers (about 3%). In total, 30% of people work part-time.
‘Too much, too soon’ adds to childcare woes
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian ($)
A census of the childcare workforce that found a nearly 40 per cent increase in qualifications in the past three years has been undermined by another snapshot that revealed a 42 per cent jump in the number of centres unable to attract qualified workers.
The National Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Census 2013 commissioned by the Education Department found the proportion of paid contact staff without an early childcare related qualification fell from 30.2 per cent in 2010 to 18 per cent last year.
Why Work for the Dole won't work
Callam Pickering, Business Spectator
Is a kick up the butt all that is needed to help fix Australia’s youth unemployment problem? A sharp decline in benefits and the return of ‘Work for the Dole’ is set to dramatically change the welfare state for young Australians. But although the Work for the Dole scheme might sound like a good idea, the evidence is damning: it may, in fact, make it more difficult to find a job.
Under budget proposals announced on Tuesday, unemployed people under the age of 25 years will no longer quality for the Newstart allowance of $510 a fortnight and instead will have to apply for the lower Youth Allowance of $414 a fortnight, representing an almost 20 per cent cut to benefits.
Take it from me: there is no shame in being on the dole
Sam Twyford-Moore, The Guardian
Budgets kick people in the guts in different ways, and this time around there seemed there were more choices than ever for how to get knocked down by it all. I was particularly keen to hear how the anticipated welfare cuts came out. They were signalled from early on as the Coalition seemed to test public reaction to their measures.
Cobb's advice to young unemployed: get a lift into town and find a job
Nichole Kuter, Western Advocate
The federal budget spells pain for most people but member for Calare John Cobb has the answers.
To the young and unemployed in rural towns and villages, he says get a lift into town and “find out where the jobs are”.
Will 'earn or learn' see young fall through the cracks?
Matt Peacock, 7.30, ABC
"Earn or learn" is the Abbott Government's message to the youth unemployed. As part of the Budget crackdown on welfare, job seekers under the age of 30 will now have to wait six months before receiving unemployment benefits, and when they do, they'll have to work for it. Newstart will now no longer be available to people under 25, and instead, they'll be eligible for the lower benefit rate of Youth Allowance.
Youth welfare groups fear that the changes, in tandem with a loss of funding for outreach programs like Youth Connections, that thousands of young people could fall through the cracks. Matt Peacock reports.
Federal budget cuts will force young people into ghettos of poverty
Rachel Browne, Sydney Morning Herald
Central coast teenager Jack Coleman faced a bleak employment future, having left his public high school early with limited skills to offer potential bosses.
Jack, of Kincumber, could see he was going down the same path as many of his friends who have struggled to find work in an area where youth unemployment is among the highest in Australia at 28 per cent.
The 16-year-old was accepted into the program Youth Connections, which helps young people complete their education and find work.
Cutting off dole to young people 'could lead to surge in crime'
Bridie Jabour, The Guardian
Giving young unemployed people access to the dole for only six months of the year could lead to an increase in crime and poorer working conditions, welfare groups have warned.
Thousands to dodge dole cut-off
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian ($)
New figures reveal that more than 100,000 people under 30 will keep receiving the dole and be exempt from tough new rules that are designed to push more young people into the workforce.
Many categories of unemployed people will be exempt from the tough new rules, announced in the budget, that will force people under 30 off the dole every six months.
‘Victim-blaming’ cuts for newly jobless criticised
David Crowe, The Australian ($)
Labor has stepped up its fight against cuts to unemployment benefits despite a challenge from the Coalition over which side of politics will force young people to get ready for work.
As business and community groups express concern about the toughened regime, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews said voters should “mark the contrast” between the two major parties.
... Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott described the rules as “pretty tough” for young people, adding that some jobseekers had poor literacy and numeracy.
The Labor MP for Shortland, Jill Hall says the ALP will oppose budget measures that will create an underclass of people in Australia, unable to afford basic necessities.
Labor aims to punch a multi-billion hole in Hockey’s budget
Michelle Grattan, The Conversation
The raft of budget measures Labor will try to strike down in the Senate, totalling more than $10 billion so far, also include the crackdown on the young unemployed, future indexation of the aged pension, and the proposed increase in the pension age to 70 by 2035.
Sharing the pain sends shiver down Coalition spines
David Crowe, The Australian ($)
The $7 fee to visit the doctor raises cash for a worthy cause — medical research — but it is destined for defeat in the Senate. Labor, the Greens, Family First, the Democratic Labour Party, Nick Xenophon and the Palmer United Party will see to that.
Budget more slow-burn than big bang
Jackie Brady, Eureka Street
For poor and disadvantaged people the impact of this Budget will burn like a slow fuse. There is no big bang that means that people's lives will be drastically different tomorrow, but the tinkering measures will continue to hurt people over time.
Blessed are the moneymakers
David James, Eureka Street
The 2014 Federal Budget has attracted considerable attention for its deleterious effect on the welfare safety net, education and health funding. The impact on the disadvantaged is likely to be considerable, especially young unemployed people, some pensioners and the disabled.
But there is a bigger message in what the Coalition is setting out to do. Investors wielding significant capital are deemed to be useful, while those who can save little, and so have little to invest, are deemed to be a burden. It is not so much class war as a war between capital and the rest of society.
Australian Youth Affairs Coalition Defunded
Pro Bono News
The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition has been officially de-funded following the release of the Federal Budget.
In April, the long-established national youth peak body, announced the departure of its Executive Director and the planned closing of its national office at the end of June as Federal funding uncertainty continued.
Philanthropy Australia Moves on PM’s Giving Plan
Pro Bono News
National philanthropic peak body, Philanthropy Australia, has moved quickly to support the Federal Government’s decision to re-establish the Community Business Partnership in 2014, offering ways for the new organisation to help grow giving.
On how to win friends and influence government
Shorna Moore, The Power to Persuade
Nothing is achieved when a person or organisation is working in isolation. Partnerships are essential for brand recognition, especially when advocating to government.
A Not for Profit Social Media Policy?
Karen Sutherland, Pro Bono News
My current PhD research investigating social media approaches by Not for Profit organisations has brought some very interesting issues to light, one being social media policy.
While my study currently involves a small sample of seven organisations based in Victoria, they range in complexity from the very small to the global. However, one common theme is apparent; all are experiencing different challenges when it comes to their social media policies.