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CSSA Submission to the Productivity Commission (Commission) Inquiry into Human Services.

Catholic Social Services Australia regards Australia’s social service system as both a universal entitlement and social safety net, able to be accessed by anyone in need. We believe that our social services system is a critical part of Australia’s social infrastructure which both protects vulnerable people from destitution and offers them the means through which they can reconnect with their community and participate fully in society.

Last updated: 10 August 2016

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CSSA Submission to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee Inquiry into the DEEWR Tender Process to Award Employment Services Contracts

Our submission outlines the inconsistencies and anomalies that exist in the current system and makes recommendations about the way in which business could be awarded in the future.

Last updated: 29 May 2009

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CSSA Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Public Transport

Inquiry into the future of the role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes. CSSA's submission focuses on ensuring the needs of low income and disadvantaged people are not forgotten when considering the importance of and funding for public transport.

Last updated: 23 January 2014

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CSSA Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics on the Disclosure Regimes for Charities and Not-for-Profits

This submission addresses the terms of reference by examining the current reporting and compliance regimes that are faced by Catholic agencies working to provide social services to the community. It notes that the requirements are onerous, inconsistent, and inefficient. This submission also presents some principles that ought to underpin any reform.

Last updated: 29 August 2008

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CSSA's response to PM & C's, "Engaging today for a better tomorrow: Code of Best Practice for Engagement with the not-for-profit sector"

The Federal Government released a Paper looking at "Codes of Engagement" for NFPs and Government agencies. This body of work is intended to build on the achievements of the National Compact.

Last updated: 29 April 2013

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CSSA's Response to the ACNC's Draft Governance Standards

Catholic Social Services Australia's response to the ACNC's Draft Governance Standards Submission.

Last updated: 15 February 2013

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CSSA's Response to the DEEWR Issue Paper on Employment Services - Building On Success

This submission focuses on improving the pathway towards employment and participation in society for jobseekers with multiple and severe disadvantages. While the Job Services Australia (JSA) model increased the focus on achieving outcomes for this cohort compared to its Job Network predecessor, the pattern of poor outcomes for the large majority of these job seekers needs to be addressed in the re-designed model beyond 2015.

Last updated: 22 March 2013

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CSSA's Response to the Statutory Definition of Charity

Response to the Exposure Draft of the Charities Bill 2013, related Bills and associated Explanatory Memorandum.

Last updated: 3 May 2013

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CSSA's submission to the ACNC's discussion paper on Financial Reporting Standards

Catholic Social Services Australia's response to the ACNC's Financial Reporting Guidelines

Last updated: 15 February 2013

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CSSA's Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Public Inquiry into Natural Disaster Funding

Our submission raises a number of issues including – the role of our members in disaster recovery, importance of investing in community resilience in areas prone to natural disasters and also the long term sustainability of the Church funding recovery efforts.

Last updated: 6 June 2014

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CSSA’s Response to the RIA of Potential Duplication of Governance and Reporting Standards for Charities

Catholic Social Services Australia welcomes the Government’s decision to release the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA). CSSA is concerned that the RIA methodology has not led to a comprehensive picture of compliance related costs for charities. This means that, in making critical decisions about a number of reform measures the Government will not have before it an adequate empirical base upon which to make decisions.

Last updated: 21 February 2013

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Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - Family Support Program Future Directions Discussion Paper

Catholic Social Service Australia members contributed to a joint response to FaHCSIA's Family Support Program Future Directions Discussion Paper. The response was submitted on 28 November. CSSA also contributed to a joint letter from relevant peak bodies to FaHCSIA, offering collective assistance to the consultations proposed for early 2013.

Last updated: 28 November 2012

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Equal Remuneration Case (C2010/3131)

Joint Submission by the Commonwealth and the Applicants – Statement of Support expressing support for the joint submission of the Australian Services Union and the Commonwealth Government to Fair Work Australia in this matter. Further, CSSA welcomes the Federal Government’s stated commitment to fund ‘its share’ of a wage increase.

Last updated: 7 December 2011

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Exposure Drafts - ACNC Bill 2012 and Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit (Consequential and Transitional) Bill

This submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs reflects CSSA’s views regarding the Exposure Drafts of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Bill 2012 (ACNC Bill) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit (Consequential and Transitional) Bill tabled in Parliament on 23 August 2012.

Last updated: 30 August 2012

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Future Role and Contribution of Regional Capitals to Australia

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Inquiry into the “Future Role and Contribution of Regional Capitals to Australia”.

Last updated: 7 May 2015

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Going Without: Financial Hardship in Australia

A new NATSEM report commissioned by the Major Church Providers of social services in Australia shows some people living on the dole are living in such poverty, that their chances of getting a job are seriously limited. The Major Church Providers include Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army, UnitingCare Australia.

Last updated: 27 August 2012

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House of Representatives Economics Committee Inquiry into the ACNC Exposure Draft Bill

CSSA has been a firm advocate for NFP sector reform for many years. This is because its member network seeks to maximise resources dedicated to programs to assist disadvantaged and marginalised Australians and thereby reduce the diversion of administrative resources caused by duplicative reporting and unnecessarily complex contracting arrangements.

Last updated: 20 July 2012

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Income management and the future of Australia’s income support system - A stronger, fairer safety net?

Adequate income support is an entitlement. It should not be a tool for governments or public sector managers to grant, withhold or modify in an effort to achieve ‘outcomes’. Increasingly, it seems policy makers regard the right to income support as itself a cause of disadvantage and as an impediment to the efficient and effective pursuit of policy goals.

Last updated: 29 January 2010

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Inquiry into Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children's Commissioner) Bill 2012

CSSA are happy to endorse the NGO Consortium’s Joint Submission to the Inquiry into the Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children’s Commissioner) Bill 2012, provided to the Senate Inquiry Secretariat on 4 June 2012.

Last updated: 6 June 2012