Aspect February 2019 – Extract
Editorial: Putting people at the centre of human services
You might have seen that Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system – or Robodebt – has been in the spotlight this month.
Its astronomical error rate has been in the news, as well as reports that the system costs almost as much as it recovers in debt. The flaws in the system have left it vulnerable to a landmark legal challenge in the Federal Court.
The system has also been under scrutiny in Senate Estimates hearings this month, with the government forced by tradition to defend their policy…
National Office News:
Anglicare Australia gives evidence to inquiry into Jobactive
Anglicare Australia has given evidence to a hearing for the Senate Education and Employment References Committee Inquiry into the appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of Jobactive.
ParentsNext must be urgently reformed
Anglicare Australia has made a submission to Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into ParentsNext. Our submission focuses on the need for urgent reform of the program. As an early intervention program that provides personalised support, the ParentsNext program has the potential to help parents to work towards their education and employment goals. However, the focus on compliance and sanctions has hurt the people that ParentsNext should be helping.
Robodebt system to face a landmark court case
Anglicare Australia has reiterated calls to suspend the Centrelink Robodebt system after news that it will face a legal challenge. Kasy Chambers, executive director of Anglicare Australia, told reporters she hoped the new voice in the argument against robo-debt would finally shut the program down.
Housing and Homelessness Strategic Collaboration Group to focus on social housing
The Anglicare Australia Housing and Homelessness Strategic Collaboration Group has met in Canberra on Tuesday 12 February in Canberra. Chaired by Peter Sandeman of AnglicareSA, the group has members from across Australia.
Research and Media and Communications Networks meet in Sydney
The Research Network and the Media and Communications Network held joint meetings on February 26 and 27 in Sydney. Both networks will participate in a joint session on the findings of Anglicare Australia’s 2018 State of the Family research.
Anglicare Network News:
Click here to read this month’s news from the Anglicare network, including:
- Upcoming Anglicare Australia network meetings
- Anglicare Sydney partners with NSW Government to build more affordable housing
- Anglicare NT and Hawthorn Share Mental Health Message
- Save the Date for June 11 and 12: Compliance or improvement – What’s the evidence?
Amana Living Arts Festival
Welcome to our series of profiles on the winners and highly commended of the Anglicare Australia 2018 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence. These profiles are featured in the 2019 Anglicare Australia Review.
WA’s first ever arts festival for seniors was launched by Amana Living in 2018. The 2018 Amana Living Arts Festival ran for six weeks at Amana Living locations and iconic arts venues across Perth. The judges commended Amana Living for bringing creative arts to older people in collaboration with the wider community
Research and Resources:
Navigating the maze: An overview of Australia’s current aged care system
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
Released following the first hearings in Adelaide this month, this background paper from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety outlines different aspects of the aged care system, the services currently being delivered in Australia and the areas in need of substantial reform. The report is available here.
National Workforce Centre for Child Mental
The Emerging Minds, National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health is a workforce development initiative funded by the Australian Government. The project aims to assist people and organisations who work with parents and families, and improve the mental health outcomes of children. The free courses can be completed at your own pace and are specifically designed to help support your practice. The online training courses are available here.
How is the disability sector faring?
National Disability Services and Centre for Social Impact
The National Disability Services’ Annual Market Survey is a key resource in understanding the state of the Australian disability sector, its challenges and opportunities. A key driver for this research is the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the substantial restructuring of individual organisations and the supply-side of the scheme. The report is available here.
Laws designed to silence: the global crackdown on civil society organizations
An alarming global trend has surfaced in which states are introducing and using laws to interfere with the right to freedom of association and to hamper the work of civil society organizations and individuals who participate in them. This report shows how this phenomenon is widespread and increasing in all regions. The report is available here.
Government Policy and Information:
Review of the Social Security Commission Bill 2018
The Selection Committee has called for submissions on the Social Security Commission Bill 2018. This private members bill would establish a Social Security Commission independent of government to research rates of income support.
Jan Pentland Scholarships now open
Each year the Jan Pentland Foundation makes several scholarships available to people who will make a great contribution to the financial counselling sector but require some financial assistance to complete the Diploma of Financial Counselling. Successful applicants will be required to enrol in the Diploma of Financial Counselling by the end of 2019 and to complete the Diploma in a two and a half year timeframe. The scholarships cover costs associated with the diploma up to $5,000.
Applications close on Friday 29 March 2019. More information is available here.
Productivity Commission inquiry into mental health
This inquiry will examine the effect of mental health on people’s ability to participate in and prosper in the community and workplace, and the effects it has more generally on our economy and productivity.
Inquiry into general issues around the implementation and performance of the NDIS
The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme is conducting this inquiry, which aims to identify broad systemic issues relating to the implementation and operation of the Scheme. After 30 June each year, the committee reports to Parliament on recurrent issues that have arisen and offers recommendations intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Scheme.
Submissions are open, and no closing date has been nominated. More information is available here.
Upcoming Anglicare Australia network meetings
The following Anglicare networks have upcoming meetings:
- The CFOs will meet on Wednesday 6 March 2019 in Sydney.
- The Financial Wellbeing and Children and Family Services Networks will hold a joint forum Wednesday 6 March 2019 in Adelaide.
- The Clinical and Care Governance Network will meet in Brisbane on 12 June.
Email email@example.com for more information.
Public Assembly on Housing
On Thursday March 14 2019, St Vincent De Paul Society NSW, the Sydney Alliance and the Everybody’s Home campaign are co-hosting a public assembly on affordable rental housing and clean affordable household energy. The March Assembly is an opportunity for the community to hear about and ask questions on the policies of political parties and key issues for candidates in the lead-up to the NSW and Federal elections. It will be held from 6.30pm on Thursday 14 March 2019 at Sydney Town Hall. Free tickets can be booked here.
National Youth Homelessness Conference
One in four Australians experiencing homelessness are children and young people aged 12-24, and this is widely acknowledged as an underestimate. This conference will look at what has or hasn’t happened to address youth homelessness in the past 10 years, what we have learnt works, what reforms are required and the development of an agenda that we can advocate to Governments. The conference will be held at Melbourne Town Hall on Monday 18 to Tuesday 19 March 2019. Tickets are available here.
National Families Week
Registration is now open for National Families Week 2019. The Week will be held from 15 May, the United Nations International Day of Families, to 21 May 2019. Organisations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to celebrate National Families Week by planning and holding a National Families Week event. More information is available here.
Child Inclusive Practice
The 2019 Child Inclusive Practice Forum Rebuilding, Restoration and Renovation, acknowledges family breakdown is not a finite concept. Reflecting this our speakers will cover wide ranging topics to enrich the practice of Child and Family Therapists, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners, Family Law and Childhood Specialists. The CIP Forum will be held 3-5 June 2019, at DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin, Northern Territory. Registrations are available here.
Anglicare Australia National Conference
Our Stories: The Power to Change is the theme for Anglicare Australia’s National Conference, to be held in Perth from 8–11 September 2019. This year’s conference will capture our work and builds on our mission. As Anglicare Australia Network members, we work in hundreds of communities across Australia to build resilience, inclusion and justice. And as a Network, we are always sharing stories of change as we advance our mission. Delegates will be treated to concurrent sessions from experts from across the Anglicare network; outstanding keynote addresses; and networking opportunities throughout the three days. Registrations will open in May.
SOURCE: Anglicare Australia. “Aspect.” February 2019.
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