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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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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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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

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CSSA Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry into Human Services - Draft Report

CSSA’s response to the Commission’s recommendations is based on our belief that Australia’s human service system is both a universal entitlement and social safety net, able to be accessed by anyone in need, especially those vulnerable families and individuals often with complex needs. We start from the position that our human services system must prioritise the dignity of the individual over issues of administrative efficiency. The system must also be adequately resources and sustainable. It is through this lens with offer our comments.

Last updated: 18 July 2017

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CSSA Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry into NDIS Costs - Position Paper

More than half of our members deliver services to people with a disability, and are committed to continue building the capacity of individuals with a disability, their families and communities under the NDIS. This submission draws on the experience of the CSSA NDIS Network Group consisting of 19 member agencies located across urban and regional Australia, who offer a vast range of services including support coordination, short-term accommodation, personal support, psychosocial disability support, community inclusion and Allied Health services. This group includes agencies with years of experience in the trial sites, as well as those who have recently and are currently transitioning to the NDIS.

Last updated: 18 July 2017

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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 Submission to Senate Inquiry into “Ending Carbon Tax Compensation” 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 rising living costs of recipients.

Last updated: 18 July 2017

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CSSA Submission to Senate inquiry into Cashless Debit Card Bill 2017

This Bill proposes the expansion of the Cashless Debit Card to further sites and the extension of arrangements in current trial sites. CSSA’s position on income management is that it is not a substitute for measures that promote self-reliance. Our position has been that income management could be justified if it is a community led initiative or a voluntary measure. Otherwise it should be contemplated only on a case by case basis. The overall aim of any form of income management should be to enable individuals and families to take control of their own lives including with assistance from trusted, local services that can provide “wrap around” support. Blanket application of income management to recipients who do not need it can be wasteful and counterproductive.

Last updated: 21 September 2017

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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 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