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Submission to the Commonwealth Government 2009-10 Pre-Budget Submission

To significantly improve opportunities for disadvantaged Australians, the Australian government will need to increase both the scale and scope of assistance. This means not only short term increases in funding to deal with the consequences of the global financial crisis but also long term investments in the capacity of the community sector.

Last updated: 30 January 2009

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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 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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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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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