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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'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 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 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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Second Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-22

The integration of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 with other key national strategies such as The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, The National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, Stronger Futures and the National Disability Strategy has been a positive feature of the First Action Plan.

Last updated: 24 March 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 2014-15 Pre-Budget Submission

This submission presents Catholic Social Services Australia's recommendations for the 2014-15 Commonwealth Government budget. In this submission, CSSA has identified budget priorities that focus on those people who are most disadvantaged.

Last updated: 31 January 2014

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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 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

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Annual Report 2012-13

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

Last updated: 6 September 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 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 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'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 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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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 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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2013-2014 Pre-Budget Submission

2013-14 Pre-Budget Submission to the Commonwealth Government.

Last updated: 31 January 2013

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Response to the Not-for-Profit Sector Tax Concession Working Group Discussion Paper

Catholic Social Services Australia response to Treasury regarding the Not-for-Profit Sector Tax Concession Working Group Discussion Paper: “Fairer, simpler and more effective tax concessions for the not-for-profit sector”.

Last updated: 17 December 2012

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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