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A way forward to COVID-19 economic recovery

• As published Eureka Street 5 May 2020By Joe Zabar Deputy CEO, Catholic Social Services Australia When a global pandemic cast a mighty shadow across Australia, the Prime Minister, premiers and chief ministers rightly recognised that their duty was to prioritise the health and safety of their people. But as some...

JobKeeper Package Vital to the Charitable Sector

Media Release April 2, 2020 Catholic Social Services Australia supports the government’s JobKeeper announcement, but says amendments will be necessary to protect thousands of jobs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Charitable organisations that receive funding through government grant programs will find it difficult to demonstrate the required loss of overall turnover to...

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...

Charity sector must be supported through crisis

The Federal Government’s move to assist small business and protect jobs during the coronavirus crisis must be broadened to include the charity sector, Catholic Social Services Australia says. CSSA chief executive officer Ursula Stephens said the charity sector remains vulnerable to a slowing economy. “Giving charities and social services access to...

CatholicCare Wollongong – 40th Anniversary

A special thanks to the Illawarra Mercury for creating a wonderful tribute to CatholicCare Wollongong, marking their 40th Anniversary 🎂 The article honour the special people who built the foundations of this organisation, namely Roger Austin and Kath McCormack, while looking at the evolution of social services over time. CatholicCare's mission remains...

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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...

A way forward to COVID-19 economic recovery

• As published Eureka Street 5 May 2020By Joe Zabar Deputy CEO, Catholic Social Services Australia When a global pandemic cast a mighty shadow across Australia, the Prime Minister, premiers and chief ministers rightly recognised that their duty was to prioritise the health and safety of their people. But as some of the health concerns ease...

JobKeeper Package Vital to the Charitable Sector

Media Release April 2, 2020 Catholic Social Services Australia supports the government’s JobKeeper announcement, but says amendments will be necessary to protect thousands of jobs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Charitable organisations that receive funding through government grant programs will find it difficult to demonstrate the required loss of overall turnover to qualify for the JobKeeper activities...

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,...

Charity sector must be supported through crisis

The Federal Government’s move to assist small business and protect jobs during the coronavirus crisis must be broadened to include the charity sector, Catholic Social Services Australia says. CSSA chief executive officer Ursula Stephens said the charity sector remains vulnerable to a slowing economy. “Giving charities and social services access to cashflow support will provide greater...

CatholicCare Wollongong – 40th Anniversary

A special thanks to the Illawarra Mercury for creating a wonderful tribute to CatholicCare Wollongong, marking their 40th Anniversary 🎂 The article honour the special people who built the foundations of this organisation, namely Roger Austin and Kath McCormack, while looking at the evolution of social services over time. CatholicCare's mission remains the same, existing to bring...

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.