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Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2017

CSSA is concerned that the rate of poverty is growing with an estimated 2.5m people or 13.9% of all Australians living below the internationally accepted poverty line.2 The explanatory document accompanying the Payment Integrity Bill provides no analysis of the financial impact on families and individuals, nor consideration of the other recent changes to payments. Overall, the proposed Payment Integrity Bill would save the government more than $800m over the forward estimates period – money taken away from those that can least afford it.

Last updated: 24 July 2017

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Is any job better than the dole?

Work is always better than welfare. While this might be the conventional view in policy circles but recent research suggests that poor quality jobs can leave the unemployed no better off than they were on income support.

Last updated: 14 December 2011

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Joint Submission to Productivity Commission Public Inquiry into Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave

We share the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to social inclusion, which reflects long-standing Catholic Social Teaching principles concerning human dignity, a preferential option for the poor, and the importance of ensuring that each person is able to enjoy full participation in society.

Last updated: 5 June 2008

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Joint Submission to the Prime Ministerial Taskforce on Emissions Trading

As the public debate about climate change has evolved our organizations have become increasingly concerned about the equity issues that it raises. However, before making a submission to your task force we recognized the need to improve our knowledge of the complex issues involved.

Last updated: 16 April 2007

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Joint Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No2) 2008-09

The current global financial crisis and its likely impact on the Australian economy will have an acute impact on the most disadvantaged members of society, as well as pushing increased numbers of low and middle income earners to seek the services of welfare agencies.

Last updated: 6 February 2009

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Joint Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Nation Building and Jobs Plan

The current global financial crisis and its likely impact on the Australian economy will have an acute impact on the most disadvantaged members of society, as well as pushing increased numbers of low and middle income earners to seek the services of welfare agencies.

Last updated: 6 February 2009

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Leading Nationally - Responding Locally: A Snapshot

Leading Nationally - Responding Locally. A Snapshot of the Dropping off the Edge report, commissioned by Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia.

Last updated: 10 March 2008

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Leading Nationally - Responding Locally: Building social inclusions in locaties on the edge

A policy paper to guide response to Dropping off the edge.

Last updated: 10 March 2008

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Mental health sector calls COAG to action

Catholic Social Services Australia joined many other organisations within the mental health sector to call on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to renew its joint commitment to Australia’s mental health by setting real and measurable targets for National Mental Health Reform. The open letter to COAG outlined areas in which specific targets should be set, including: early intervention and prevention, participation in education, suicide, levels of stigma and awareness, levels of social participation and timely access to necessary and effective services.

Last updated: 6 December 2012

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National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Overall, CSSA supports this Bill which will implement vital protections for people living with a disability who (as highlighted in the Senate and Victorian inquiries) can be particularly vulnerable to unsafe practices and abuse. However, CSSA has a number of concerns regarding this Bill which may limit the protection of participants and capability of providers.

Last updated: 24 August 2017

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National Standard Chart of Accounts - CSSA Consultation Draft

CSSA provided comments on the Draft National Standard Chart of Accounts (SCoA) for the not-for-profit sector. CSSA invited our members to comment and seven of our 66 member organisations responded. This is a summary of their responses. One of our members, CatholicCare Sydney provided detailed comments. These are at Attachment A.

Last updated: 15 March 2010

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Open Letter to COAG

Catholic Social Services Australia is pleased to maintain the dialogue with COAG participants begun with our Open Letter to COAG Participants of 19 December 2007 (Annex A).

Last updated: 20 March 2008

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Open Letter to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Participants

An open letter to the Council of Australian Governments addressing the council's agenda.

Last updated: 19 December 2007

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Opening Statement to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment & Workplace Relations Inquiry into Pay Equity and Associated Issues related to Increasing Female Participation in the Workforce

Frank Quinlan, Executive Director Catholic Social Servies Australia, and Susan O'Connor, Director, Office of Employment Relations, represented the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference at the The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations Inquiry into Pay Equity and Associated Issues Related to Increasing Female Participation in the Workforce.

Last updated: 12 March 2009

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Opening Statement to the Productivity Commission Public Inquiry into Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave Public Hearing

Opening Statement to the Productivity Commission Public Inquiry into Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave Public Hearing (on behalf of Catholic Social Services Australia and the Australia Catholic Council for Employment Relations); and the Joint Catholic Social Services Australia and ACCER Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry: Public Inquiry into Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave.

Last updated: 5 June 2008

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Opening Statement to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Cost of Living Pressures on Older Australians

Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Cost of Living Pressures on Older Australians Public Hearing, Brisbane, 8 February 2008 Opening statement by Frank Quinlan, Executive Director, CSSA

Last updated: 8 February 2008

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Opening Statement to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Mental Health Services in Australia

Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Mental Health Services in Australia Public Hearing, Canberra, 16 May 2008 Opening Statement by Frank Quinlan, Executive Director, CSSA

Last updated: 16 May 2008

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Opening Statement to the Senate Education Employment and Workplace Relations Committee Inquiry into the DEEWR Process to Award Employment Services Contracts

This Inquiry will rightly discuss many aspects of program design and the implementation of the tender process. But I hope, more than anything else, the Inquiry has the opportunity to ask – even if implemented with probity – is this purchasing model the best way to ensure high quality services are provided to the unemployed and their families and the broader community?

Last updated: 11 June 2009