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Submission to the Future of Disability Employment Services in Australia

To improve the well-being of disadvantaged Australians in a cost effective way, disability employment services need to be integrated into a whole of government strategy for promoting social inclusion. With its narrow definitions of outcomes, the proposed performance management regime perpetuates the silo-oriented approach to service delivery that the government has pledged to overcome.

Last updated: 30 January 2009

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Submission to the Inquiry into “Serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre.”

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) has been very concerned about the growing evidence and external reviews (such as the report recently released by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child1) which show a lack of care and respect for the basic human rights and dignity of people seeking asylum in Australia, who are being held in isolated offshore detention centres and away from public scrutiny. We are most particularly concerned on the impact on children of indefinite detention in offshore facilities.

Last updated: 21 October 2016

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Submission to the Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 (the Bill).

This is a joint submission from Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) and Catholic Health Australia (CHA). Our comments are made in association with the detailed submission of St Vincent’s Health Australia, the forefront hospital and health provider in the treatment of drug addiction, and a member of CHA. Both CSSA and CHA are strongly opposed to compulsory drug testing in trial sites (Schedule 12) and measures that target people with drug and alcohol addiction (Schedule 13 and 14). We also oppose the punitive measures proposed under the targeted compliance framework (Schedule 15).

Last updated: 4 August 2017

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Submission to the Inquiry into Transitional arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

More than half of CSSA's 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 Australia, who offer a vast range of services and have experience both in trial sites as well as more recently transitioning to the NDIS. CSSA and its members are strongly committed to the objectives of the NDIS, and have identified a number of issues which must be addressed to ensure the success of this reform.

Last updated: 24 August 2017

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Submission to the Review of "Australia's Future Tax System" - (Henry Review)

This submission is made by Catholic Health Australia (CHA) and Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) with the technical assistance and support of McMillan Shakespeare Limited (McMillan Shakespeare). This submission addresses issues only in relation to fringe benefits tax for Not-For-Profit Organisations.

Last updated: 5 May 2009

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Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee re the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Pension Reform and Other 2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009

Catholic Social Services Australia has proposed a longer term solution to the ad hoc nature of the setting of government pensions and allowances. The separation of Parenting Payment Single from its alignment with other pension payments is a further example of the unsatisfactory nature of the current system.

Last updated: 19 June 2009

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Submission to the Senate Employment, Education and Workplace Relations Committee Social Security Legislation Amendment (Employment Services Reform) Bill 2008

The goal of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Employment Services Reform) Bill 2008 is “to ensure job seekers meet their participation requirements and make every effort to get themselves off welfare and into a job.”

Last updated: 30 October 2008

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Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Provision of Child Care

The collapse of ABC Learning creates an opportunity to re-examine Australia’s approach to funding and managing early childhood education and care. Evidence suggests that high quality child care can have significant positive effects on children’s development, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds. A recent OECD study concluded that direct public funding produced superior results to parent subsidy models.

Last updated: 30 January 2009

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The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Social Services in Australia

Joint Paper, Averting the Social Impact of the Global Financial Crisis, recommendations of Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, UnitingCare Australia and The Salvation Army . Also includes an Issues Paper prepared by Access Economics for the Major Church Providers.

Last updated: 2 February 2009

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The Obligation Is Mutual

The puzzle of mutual obligation — with its tough work requirements, bureaucratic supervision and income support sanctioning — is why people have to be coerced into behaving in their own interest.

Last updated: 20 October 2007

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The Social Inclusion Agenda

Where it came from, what it means and why it matters

Last updated: 10 February 2010

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Valuing Social Service

Submission to the Productivity Commission study into the contribution of Australia’s not for profit sector.

Last updated: 5 June 2009

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What If Employers Say No?

'What If Employers Say No?' was jointly released by Catholic Social Services Australia, Anglicare Australia, the Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia. This paper discusses the challenges faced by people with disability when it comes to finding employment.

Last updated: 9 September 2011

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Which Way Home? A New Approach to Homelessness

Catholic Social Services Australia and its members commend the Government for its leadership in issuing a Green Paper on Homelessness – “Which way Home? A New Approach to Homelessness” – with the aim of developing a new policy response to meet the needs over 100,000 homeless people in Australia.

Last updated: 30 June 2008