In the Media

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...

Long-time CSSA employee gets papal honour

Mary Clare Jamieson, CSSA’s director of corporate services, was bestowed the symbol of honour of the Exalted Cross – Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for services to the Church and to the Pope), which is instituted for persons distinguished for outstanding service and zeal. A long-time Catholic Social Services Australia employee...

Ursula Stephens to lead Catholic Social Services Australia

Catholic Social Services Australia Chair Dr Maria Harries says she is delighted to announce that Dr Ursula Stephens will take up the role as CSSA’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective from July 1. “The CSSA Board was fortunate to receive a number of high-calibre applications for this significant appointment, which...

CSSA’s 2019 Federal Election Statement

Catholic Social Services Australia has just published its Federal Election Statement. CSSA is calling on the Parliament and the incoming government to commit to: Providing low-income and vulnerable families access to adequate income and social services when and where they need them; A full employment economy through the establishment of a Job Guarantee...

CSSA’s 2019 Federal Election Statement

Catholic Social Services Australia has just published its Federal Election Statement.  CSSA is calling on the Parliament and the incoming government to commit to: Providing low-income and vulnerable families access to adequate income and social services when and where they need them; A full employment economy through the establishment of a Job Guarantee...

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...

Exploring the link between social policy and public trust

There has been growing attention to the declining levels of public trust in our politicians, public, and democratic institutions. Recently, Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed that trust in politics is worst among middle-income Australians. At the time, he described the public sector as central to addressing this through service delivery for “quiet Australians” who are not represented in the...

Calls to raise Newstart rate growing louder

The Australian Catholic Church’s ongoing effort to see Newstart payments raised for the first time in over 20 years appears to be gaining ground. According to SBS, the adequacy of Newstart and related welfare payments will be examined in a wide-ranging Senate inquiry as calls grow for an increase to the unemployment support payment. Chairman of...