As a national advocate, CSSA works with its members to produce evidence/research which informs public opinion and assists lawmakers to develop just and compassionate social and economic policies that will improve the lives of people who are marginalised and vulnerable in Australia.
CSSA advocates on a number of issues including:
- Poverty and disadvantage
- Indigenous issues
- Refugee and asylum seekers
- Income support
- Employment and education
- Rural and remote issues
- Families and relationships
- The Australian economy
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
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.
A Statement on the 6th Anniversary of Australia’s Mandatory and Indefinite Offshore Detention Policy, 19 July 2019 from Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, Chair, Bishops Commission for Social Justice: Service and Mission, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Former Labor candidate for Goulburn, Parliamentary Secretary and Senator, Dr Ursula Stephens is again back in a leadership role as the new CEO for Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), the Catholic Church’s peak national body for social services in the country.
CSSA is delighted to welcome our new CEO, Dr Ursula Stephens, who commenced in the role today, 1 July 2019. "Our greatest strength as an organisation is our member network of highly skilled, professional and committed people, whose experience will help to provide innovative and credible solutions for change."
CSSA invites applications for a casual part-time Research Officer position to join our team embarking on groundbreaking research into the factors that drive entrenched disadvantage in Australia.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) hosted a farewell for Fr Frank Brennan SJ in early June, to acknowledge his two and a half years as CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA). From next year, he will be the Rector at Newman College at the University of Melbourne.
Fr Frank Brennan SJ - Pentecost Sunday Homily, St Peter's Parish, Pambula and Eden. 8-9 June 2019.
Fr Frank Brennan SJ was interviewed by Sky News about freedom of religion and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
However you look at it, $158 billion in forgone revenue from the government’s ambitious tax cut program will impact the government’s capacity to meet the needs of Australians, writes Joe Zabar, director of economic policy and deputy CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia.
There are many questions being asked in the wake of Saturday’s unexpected Federal Election result. But the key message for our members and those we are privileged to serve is that it is business as usual for the work of CSSA. CSSA's Director Research, Brenton Prosser PhD reflects on what we can learn from the polls.
Mary Jamieson, CSSA’s director of corporate services, was bestowed the symbol of honour of the Exalted Cross – Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for services to the Church and to the Pope), which is instituted for persons distinguished for outstanding service and zeal. We're very grateful for her service.
Catholic Social Services Australia Chair Dr Maria Harries says she is delighted to announce that Dr Ursula Stephens will take up the role as CSSA’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective from July 1.
Catholic Social Services Australia has just published its Federal Election Statement.
Easter Homily, St Thomas the Apostle Parish, Kambah, ACT, Frank Brennan SJ
CSSA's CEO, Fr Frank Brennan SJ, Easter reflection discussion with Kieran Gilbert and Laura Jayes on Skynews