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CSSA Response to Roles and Responsibilities in Housing and Homelessness – Issues Paper 2

Catholic Social Services Australia’s response to the Housing and Homelessness Issues Paper which is a component of the Reform of the Federation White Paper.

Last updated: 4 March 2015

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CSSA Senate Inquiry - Submission 31

The impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth community service tendering processes by the Department of Social Services .

Last updated: 1 April 2015

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CSSA Statement of Strategic Intent

This Statement of Strategic Intent describes our mission. It also describes the principles that support our work, the values that direct our activities, and the relationships that we seek to build and achievements to which we aspire.

Last updated: 1 September 2019

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CSSA Submission Housing Affordability Bill

In our submission CSSA focuses on our opposition to Schedules 1 and 2 of the Bill – Social security amendments and Family assistance amendments. These schedules seek to legislate mandatory deductions of payments of rent and specified other costs from the social security or family tax benefit payments of social housing tenants.

Last updated: 10 November 2017

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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 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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CSSA Submission to 2015-16 Commonwealth Pre-Budget

Catholic Social Services Australia’s (CSSA) recommendations for the 2015-16 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: 6 February 2015

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CSSA Submission to Green Paper on Northern Australia

Government have a much stronger position when developing its White Paper on the social issues and implications in Northern Australia, and explore opportunities to share the benefits of economic growth including with the most vulnerable, with additional social services and infrastructure

Last updated: 13 August 2014

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CSSA Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry into Human Services - Draft Report

CSSA’s response to the Commission’s recommendations is based on our belief that Australia’s human service system is both a universal entitlement and social safety net, able to be accessed by anyone in need, especially those vulnerable families and individuals often with complex needs. We start from the position that our human services system must prioritise the dignity of the individual over issues of administrative efficiency. The system must also be adequately resources and sustainable. It is through this lens with offer our comments.

Last updated: 18 July 2017

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CSSA Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry into NDIS Costs - Position Paper

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 communities under the NDIS. This submission draws on the experience of the CSSA NDIS Network Group consisting of 19 member agencies located across urban and regional Australia, who offer a vast range of services including support coordination, short-term accommodation, personal support, psychosocial disability support, community inclusion and Allied Health services. This group includes agencies with years of experience in the trial sites, as well as those who have recently and are currently transitioning to the NDIS.

Last updated: 18 July 2017

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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 Submission to Senate Inquiry into “Ending Carbon Tax Compensation” 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 rising living costs of recipients.

Last updated: 18 July 2017

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CSSA Submission to Senate inquiry into Cashless Debit Card Bill 2017

This Bill proposes the expansion of the Cashless Debit Card to further sites and the extension of arrangements in current trial sites. CSSA’s position on income management is that it is not a substitute for measures that promote self-reliance. Our position has been that income management could be justified if it is a community led initiative or a voluntary measure. Otherwise it should be contemplated only on a case by case basis. The overall aim of any form of income management should be to enable individuals and families to take control of their own lives including with assistance from trusted, local services that can provide “wrap around” support. Blanket application of income management to recipients who do not need it can be wasteful and counterproductive.

Last updated: 21 September 2017

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CSSA Submission to the ACNC's Consultation on the 2014 AIS

A brief submission lodged by Catholic Social Services Australia to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission on the 2014 Annual Information Statement: Consultation Paper.

Last updated: 26 April 2013

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CSSA Submission to the Human Rights Commission National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention

CSSA calls for all children (unaccompanied or with their families) to be removed immediately from immigration detention centres and placed in community detention in the Australia community and be given access to financial resources and support.

Last updated: 30 May 2014

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CSSA Submission to the Inquiry into Market Readiness for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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 communities under the NDIS. This submission draws on the extensive experience of the CSSA NDIS Network Group operating across urban and rural Australia, who together offer a vast range of services under the NDIS.

Last updated: 5 March 2018

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CSSA Submission to the Interim Report on Welfare Reform

CSSA believes that the social support system should enable people to meet their basic material needs, provide for the needs of their families, participate in the community and live with dignity. We believe the objective of the Review should not be primarily to find savings for Government but about how best to build stronger communities.

Last updated: 8 August 2014

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CSSA Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia

This submission presents CSSA’s interest in Northern Australia, some of the challenges facing our member agencies working with Northern Australian communities and our recommendations for ensuring economic development is supported by the necessary social and community infrastructure.

Last updated: 17 February 2014

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CSSA Submission to the Mental Health Commission Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes

CSSA and its members approach mental health from a community perspective but we believe this sector is under-resourced and could play a much stronger role in a national system. We also hold strongly that mental health should be looked at as a continuum of services and that early intervention and prevention are important parts of this continuum.

Last updated: 16 April 2014

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CSSA Submission to the National Commission of Audit

This submission responds to the Commission of Audit’s Terms of Reference by suggesting improvements to the scope, efficiency and functions of the Commonwealth Government‘s current funding arrangements to social services.

Last updated: 26 November 2013