Media Releases

Hinkler has highest disadvantage ranking of any electorate in Australia

20 October 2021 Communities living in the regional Queensland electorate of Hinkler suffer the highest levels of disadvantage of any electorate in Australia, according to major research undertaken by Catholic Social Services Australia. Hinkler is located in coastal Queensland and takes in the towns of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Childers, Gayndah and Monto. The research undertaken […]

Suicide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children a national disgrace

15 October 2021 The Catholic Church’s peak social services group, Catholic Social Services Australia, has described findings in a recent ABS report detailing suicide deaths in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children as a national disgrace. The report, Causes of Death, Australia, released late last month found that during the period 2016-2020 suicide was the […]

Demand for homelessness assistance doubles over the past 10 years

12 October 2021 Increases in income support, more social housing and a boost to mental health funding are necessary to address the ‘out of control’ demand for homelessness assistance according to the Catholic Church’s peak social services group, Catholic Social Services Australia. According to data released this week by Homelessness Australia the number of Australians […]

Rural Disability and Indigenous groups at higher risk of COVID 19 infection as NSW opens up

8 October 2021 The Catholic Church’s peak social services group, Catholic Social Services Australia, has warned that as NSW prepares to loosen COVID 19 restrictions regional disability and Indigenous community members may be at greater risk of infection. Francis Sullivan, Chair of CSSA, said today that some regional communities are well behind in their vaccination […]

Catholic Church policy summit needs to deliver reform

1 October 2021 The first major review of Catholic Church policy and governance, which starts on Sunday (3 October 2021), must deliver major reforms and allow lay Catholics greater participation in the governance of the Church according to one of Australia’s most prominent church reformers. Francis Sullivan, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, said today […]

Federal Government announces plans to roll back COVID financial support a blow to struggling families

29 September 2021 The Morrison government announcement today that it will withdraw emergency COVID 19 financial support to the states and territories a fortnight after they reach an 80 per cent double vaccination rate is a blow to struggling families and could worsen the nation’s mental health pandemic. Francis Sullivan, Chair of Catholic Social Services […]

Disability Royal Commission recommends delaying opening up until people living with disabilities vaccinated

27 September 2021 The Disability Royal Commission has described the Federal Government’s vaccine rollout to the disability community as “seriously deficient” and lacking in transparency. In a draft report released today, the Commission acknowledges that while the Australian Government Department of Health confronted major challenges in framing the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out strategy it failed to […]

Federal funding for domestic violence needs to flow

24 September 2021 A federal government commitment made to boost funding for domestic violence more than fourmonths ago is still yet to make its way to service providers. The funding, announced in May this year as part of the 2020 Covid response, is earmarked to meetthe growing demand for domestic and family violence services during […]

OECD suggestion to increase GST to cover COVID debt unfair

15 September 2021 Calls by the OECD to raise the GST to help pay down the federal government’s massive Covid debt would have a devastating impact on low income earners and under- privileged communities according to Australia’s peak Catholic social services group. The recommendation is part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s 2021 […]

Catholic Church leaders should be sending a strong vaccination message

13 September 2021 (updated 14 September 2021) Chair of the Catholic Church’s peak social services body said today that reports Sydney Church leaders are calling for parishioners to be able to attend religious services regardless of their vaccination status are very concerning. Francis Sullivan, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), has called on all […]

Government must deliver for people with disability

Media Release 2 September 2021 There is growing fear among Catholic providers of disability services that the National Disability Insurance Scheme will not deliver the level of support that clients and providers need. Catholic Social Services Australia, many of whose members offer services through the NDIS, has said while there was a sense of relief […]

ACU awards funding for community research projects

Media Article 30 August 2021 The projects were chosen following a competitive selection process, and represent different areas of need across Australia. The funding will enable university-community partnerships on short-term collaborative research, with measurable impacts for the partners as well as the communities they serve. ACU Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) Sandra Jones said that the SESU […]

Monique Earsman named CSSA’s new Executive Director

Media Release 21 July 2021 Monique Earsman, whose working life has included roles in the federal and ACT parliaments and within the Catholic Church, has been named the new executive director of Catholic Social Services Australia. Ms Earsman joined Catholic Social Services Australia last year, serving as executive officer to Ursula Stephens, who stepped down [...]

Vaccines for disability care workers protect the vulnerable

Media Release 11 July 2021 The national body representing Catholic social service agencies has backed a proposal to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for disability care workers, saying it will keep a vulnerable group of Australians safer. Among the more than 50 members of Catholic Social Services Australia, disability care is one of the most common [...]

Proposed changes could threaten charities’ free speech

Media Release 10 May 2021 Catholic Social Services Australia is deeply concerned that new regulations could silence charities’ advocacy on behalf of vulnerable groups for fear of having their charitable status revoked. The Australian Parliament is expected to soon consider the expansion of one of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s governance standards. CSSA chief […]

CSSA pays tribute to departing Chief Executive Officer

Media Release 30 April 2021 Catholic Social Service Australia chair Francis Sullivan says departing CEO Ursula Stephens has guided the organisation admirably through a period of change, and will be sorely missed as she takes up a new role. Dr Stephens has today been announced as the new CEO of Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd, the […]

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 […]