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Catholic Social Services Australia’s recommendations for the 2017-18 Australian Government Budget

In this submission we ask that the Government consider the following recommendations: 1. Fund trials in communities and regions experiencing entrenched poverty and disadvantage; 2. Prioritise support for rural and remote communities; 3. Ensure adequate income support for low income and welfare dependent households; 4. Increase investment and certainty in affordable housing and services for homeless people; and 5. Increase investment in support for vulnerable children and families.

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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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 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 Pre-Budget Submission 2008-09

The Budget is the financial expression of policy. New expenditure on social inclusion is mandated by both economic and moral imperatives, not least in a time of budgetary restraint.

Last updated: 14 January 2008

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CSSA recommendations for 2018-19 Federal Budget

CSSA regards the Budget as the primary vehicle for the Government to communicate its commitment to supporting all members of our community and providing a safety net for the most vulnerable.

Last updated: 18 December 2017

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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 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 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 Submission Housing Affordability Bill

In our submission CSSA focuses on our opposition to Schedules 1 and 2 of the Bill – Social security amendments and Family assistance amendments. These schedules seek to legislate mandatory deductions of payments of rent and specified other costs from the social security or family tax benefit payments of social housing tenants.

Last updated: 10 November 2017

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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