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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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Opening Statement to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Inquiry into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Employment Services Reform) Bill 2008

Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee Inquiry into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Employment Services Reform) Bill 2008 Public Hearing Sydney 18 November 2008 Opening Statement by Frank Quinlan, Executive Director, CSSA

Last updated: 18 November 2008

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Submission to the Australian Government on Australia's Future Tax System

On 13 May 2008 the Australian Government announced a review of Australia's taxation system. The purpose of the review, entitled Australia’s Future Tax System, is to analyse the current tax system and make recommendations to position Australia to deal with the demographic, social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century and enhance Australia's economic and social outcomes.

Last updated: 31 October 2008

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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 Australian Government's Pension Review

The paper examines the history of the adequacy of Australia’s income support system, exposing the ad hoc nature of decisions and the absence of an enduring set of principles to guide decisions about adequacy. It paints a picture of a system historically inspired by short-term political considerations.

Last updated: 26 September 2008

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An Australian Entitlements Commission

A proposal for an independent commission to inform decisions about the adequacy of pensions and other income support payments.

Last updated: 22 September 2008

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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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Annual Report 2007-08

A comprehensive report on CSSA's activities for the financial year 2007-08.

Last updated: 1 July 2008

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Australia’s Children: Safe and Well

A National framework for protecting Australia’s children. Response to the Discussion Paper by Catholic Social Services Australia.

Last updated: 30 June 2008

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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

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Opening Statement to the Senate Finance and Administration Committee Inquiry into the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008 Public Hearing

Senate Finance and Administration Committee Inquiry into the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill Public Hearing, Canberra, 20 June 2008 Opening Statement by Frank Quinlan, Executive Director, CSSA

Last updated: 20 June 2008

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A Future for Employment Services?

Submission to DEEWR's Discussion Paper on Employment Services Reform.

Last updated: 16 June 2008

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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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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 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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Submission to the Australia 2020 Summit

First, social inclusion pays dividends in economic terms. This is so for reasons eloquently explained in the [ALP's] November 2007 social inclusion policy. Many of the pay-offs of social inclusion expenditure will emerge only in the longer term, such as those arising from early childhood initiatives commenced now. But social inclusion, like climate change, is an area where the costs of not acting are higher than the cost of acting.

Last updated: 9 April 2008

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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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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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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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Review of Employment Services

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) welcomes the Government’s decision to review the operation of employment services. We have previously made suggestions about how Job Network could better serve the interests of disadvantaged job seekers in a 2006 paper A Job Network for Job Seekers (Murray 2006).

Last updated: 13 February 2008