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Coronavirus: Australia’s pockets of chronic disadvantaged most vulnerable to consequences of pandemic

They are potentially among the most vulnerable to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic — the thousands of Australians already captive to persistent disadvantage. 23 March 2020, As published news.com.au By Malcolm Farr | news.com.au They have been short-changed on health care, education, economic capacity and social cohesion, according to a ground-breaking...

CSSA - Catholic Social Services Australia

NDIS users pay the price when systems serve the bureaucracy

Joe Zabar The Tune review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme should have the government very concerned, not just about the NDIS, but about its collective capacity to deliver government services more broadly. The release of the NDIS review during one of the government's largest mobilisations of support to bushfire-affected communities and businesses may prove to...

Looking Forward to 2020 Catholic Social Services Conference

Following the success of previous biennial conferences, Catholic Social Services Victoria and Catholic Social Services Australia are again partnering to present Serving Our Communities with Courage and Compassion. The conference will be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre, Victoria Parade, East Melbourne on 26-28 February 2020. A significant element of the...

Catholic social services team up to battle disadvantage

More than 20 Catholic social service providers from across Australia have joined with researchers from the Australian National University to commission new research into entrenched disadvantage. Today marks the commencement of research activity for the Identifying Locational Drivers of Entrenched Disadvantage project. “This project is a significant coming together across the...

New Catholic social services CEO plans on working closely with government

Former Labor candidate for Goulburn, Parliamentary Secretary and Senator, Dr Ursula Stephens is again back in a leadership role as the new CEO for Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), the Catholic Church’s peak national body for social services in the country. Dr Stephens spoke with Region media about “filling the large shoes”...

Dr Ursula Stephens accepts the baton

The clichéd comment to make to someone about to take over from someone else who is well-known and highly regarded is to say they have big shoes to fill. In taking over from Fr Frank Brennan as the new CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia on July 1, Dr Ursula...

Coronavirus: Australia’s pockets of chronic disadvantaged most vulnerable to consequences of pandemic

They are potentially among the most vulnerable to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic — the thousands of Australians already captive to persistent disadvantage. 23 March 2020, As published news.com.au By Malcolm Farr | news.com.au They have been short-changed on health care, education, economic capacity and social cohesion, according to a ground-breaking national survey released today. The survey,...

CSSA - Catholic Social Services Australia

NDIS users pay the price when systems serve the bureaucracy

Joe Zabar The Tune review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme should have the government very concerned, not just about the NDIS, but about its collective capacity to deliver government services more broadly. The release of the NDIS review during one of the government's largest mobilisations of support to bushfire-affected communities and businesses may prove to be a mistake if the public...

It’s time for the charity sector to invest in its capacity to shape the public policy agenda ________________________________________

The not-for-profit sector must extend a hand to the Australian Public Service as it undertakes its journey of reform. Our first task is to invest in our capacity to undertake policy advocacy, writes Joe Zabar, deputy CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia.

Shaking faith: the Taylor and Westpac scandals

By Joe Zabar. The current controversies engulfing Westpac and the Federal Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction have a number of things in common: judgement, or the lack thereof; a perceived difficulty in recognising right from wrong; and inflicting adverse effects on their respective institutions. Read more at Eureka Street.

Jobs key to reviving flailing economy

With a softening labour market, it is time for the government to focus on job creation and targeted fiscal stimulus. The government would be wise to lift Newstart and home in on families with children by increasing Family Tax Benefits. Finally, we should pilot a jobs guarantee program for those over 50 and people...