Media Releases

More children will suffer under ‘unjust’ JobSeeker payment

Media Release 19 March 2021 Catholic Social Service Australia has denounced the Government’s JobSeeker legislation, which will set the JobSeeker payment at just $44 a day from next week, saying it will push families into poverty. “More than three million people are affected by this decision, which will see almost one million children condemned to [...]

$3.57 a day won’t lift anyone out of poverty

Media Release 23 February 2021 A $50 increase to the fortnightly Jobseeker payment and Youth Allowance will do nothing to lift Australians out of poverty and will perpetuate long-term disadvantage, Catholic Social Services Australia CEO Ursula Stephens says. Dr Stephens said today’s decision is “deeply disappointing” to the large network of Catholic social service agencies, […]

Christian organisations back post-COVID recovery

Media Article 22 February 2021 As published by CathNews “We vow to provide service and love to all in need without prejudice or judgment — to share our common table with the hungry, to bring warmth and care to the frail, and to proportion our common wealth among the poor and destitute,” said organisations including […]

Church groups, Unions take job reform concerns to Parliament

Media Release 19 Feb 2021 Catholic Social Services Australia has joined its voice with the St Vincent de Paul Society, Anglicare and the Australian Council of Trade Unions in opposing proposed changes to industrial relations law. CSSA chief executive officer Ursula Stephens, Vinnies CEO Toby oConnor, Anglicare’s Kasy Chambers and Michele O’Neil from the ACTU […]

The Australian Union movement stands with faith organisations in rejecting dangerous elements of IR Omnibus Bill

Media Release 17 February 2021 The Australian Union movement joins with leaders of faith organisations to reject the IR Omnibus Bill proposed by the Morrison Government, which will see a rise in insecure work and further casualisation of the Australian workforce. These measures will disproportionately affect young people and women, and will be detrimental to […]

Failure to ‘raise the rate’ could entrench disadvantage

Media Release 16 February 2021 Catholic Social Services Australia CEO Ursula Stephens says the failure to retain the higher Jobseeker rate provided during the pandemic will create financial pressure on families that could last for generations. “In a matter of weeks, people forced to rely on unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 crisis will be plunged […]

Jobs in care sector can stimulate COVID recovery

Media Release 29 January 2021 A new Catholic Social Services Australia report says bolstering the under-resourced disability, aged care and social services workforces could hold the key to Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The national peak body for Catholic social service agencies today published Strong Economy, Stronger Australia – Building Our Prosperity to […]

CSSA calls for urgent rethink on Jobseeker cuts

Media Release 8 December 2020 Catholic Social Services Australia has urged the Government to heed the findings of experts and its own reports and reverse its decision to cut the JobSeeker allowance next month. A number of key social service agencies, peak bodies and industry associations have recently published analysis of the likely outcomes if […]

Catholic sector worried about Cashless Debit Card extension

Media Release 10 November 2020 Catholic Social Services Australia has told a Senate Committee that plans to continue and extend the cashless debit card system are “stigmatising” and would disproportionately affect Indigenous Australians. The national peak body for dozens of Catholic social service agencies recently made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community […]

Francis Sullivan appointed Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia Ltd

Media Release 27 October 2020 Francis Sullivan has been elected the new chair of Catholic Social Services Australia Ltd during the first meeting of the entity since its recent consolidation. Mr Sullivan has held a number of significant roles within and beyond the Catholic Church, including as chief executive officer of Catholic Health Australia and […]

Friendship and solidarity key themes in Pope Francis’ letter

Media Release: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 4 October 2020 A world that looks beyond a global pandemic with no roadmap can find one in Pope Francis’ new encyclical, which Archbishop Mark Coleridge says “is not just for believers but for the entire human family”. Published this evening, the Pope’s third encyclical is entitled Fratelli Tutti […]

Budget leaves many asking ‘what hope for me?’

Media Release 6 October 2020 Catholic Social Services Australia says while the 2020-21 Commonwealth Budget delivers a financial boost for some, the country’s most vulnerable will again find themselves asking “What hope for me?” “With hundreds of thousands of Australians struggling to find work or not able to access enough hours of work, they’ll be […]

CSSA becomes CSSA Ltd following consolidation

CSSA Ltd has stepped into its new entity from 1 October, 2020 so thank you to our members for your support in this endeavour and the vote of confidence at the Annual General Meeting.

Australian children and families need greater certainty

Media Release 8 September 2020 Catholic Social Services Australia is calling on the Australian Government to ensure the needs of children and vulnerable families are priorities in the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. CSSA comprises 60 member organisations providing social services in more than 650 communities across Australia. The network supports some of the […]

Being part of “Our Place” has helped the refugee community maintain zero covid-19 cases locally.

CENTACARE FNQ PRESS RELEASE 13 July 2020 Since 2018, Centacare FNQ has been facilitating Our Place – a federally funded, assets based and community driven project which aims to build on the strength and resilience of community. The project is based in the Cairns West suburbs of Manoora, Manunda and Mooroobool, a community rich in […]

JobSeeker decisions a test for Morrison Government

Media Release 14 July 2020 The Morrison Government’s decision on the future of the Jobkeeper and Jobseeker payments must deliver an outcome that adequately supports those who are vulnerable, Catholic Social Services Australia says. Ursula Stephens, the CEO of the organisation representing dozens of Catholic social service agencies that support hundreds of thousands of Australians […]

Grant applications opened for ongoing bushfire recovery

18 May 2020 As published by the ACBC Media Blog and Cath News Catholic Emergency Relief Australia (CERA) has opened an initial grant application round to support those continuing the long process of recovery from the summer’s catastrophic bushfire season. CERA chair Susan Pascoe said while the country “is largely – and understandably – focused […]

JobKeeper package vital to the Charitable Sector

Media Release 2 April 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 […]

Tailoring innovation and investment to tackle persistent disadvantage

Media Release Monday 23 March 2020 People across Australia are experiencing persistent disadvantage but are being forgotten because of the fallacy of average levels of advantage, a new Catholic Social Services Australia report has revealed. Mapping the Potential, a partnership between CSSA, 21 of its members and the Australian National University’s Centre for Social Research […]

Charity sector must be supported through crisis

16 March 2020 As published in CathNews 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 […]