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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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2015-2016 Annual Report

Last updated: 20 October 2016

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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 Response to Employability Skills Training Consultation

The reworking of the ‘work for the dole’ scheme (Youth Jobs PaTH – Prepare, Trial, Hire), an initiative to help some 100,000 young people under 25 to secure jobs is a welcome attempt to get vulnerable young people into employment. However, the policy on making payments to employers of $10,000 after only six months engagement raises significant concerns. CSSA is concerned that this may result in young people, already a highly vulnerable workforce cohort, being terminated at the end of the six month period, resulting in workforce churn. Payments of $10,000 to employers effectively creates a cut-price labour force that is open to exploitation by disreputable employers.

Last updated: 8 September 2016

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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 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 2016-17 Pre-Budget Submission

This submission provides CSSA's recommendations for the 2016-17 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: 4 February 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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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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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 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 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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Annual Report 2013 - 2014

A comprehensive report of CSSA's activities for the financial year 2012-13.

Last updated: 13 November 2014

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Exposure draft for employment services 2015–20

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) is pleased to submit some brief comments on the exposure draft for employment services 2015–20 purchasing arrangements. CSSA is concerned that smaller mission-driven providers may be squeezed out of the market and that this may adversely affect job seekers, particularly those who are highly disadvantaged.

Last updated: 22 August 2014

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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