Media Releases

Friendship and solidarity key themes in Pope Francis’ letter

Media Release Australian Catholic Bishops Conference – October 4, 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 […]


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 […]

CSSA News October 2020

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.

October Budget rides on collective confidence

This article first appeared in Eureka Street, 25 September 2020 The latest National Accounts figures show that Australia is officially in recession, with a massive 7 per cent decline in GDP for the June quarter. While not exactly surprising, it has the Morrison Government rightly concerned. The havoc COVID-19 has wreaked on our economy has […]

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 ‘second wave’ and the Australian economy

Failing to address the unemployment and underemployment challenges facing the nation will have significant impacts on the social and economic wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of people for many years, writes Joe Zabar. Article by CSSA’s Deputy CEO, Joe Zabar, first published Pro Bono News Australia, 16 July 2020 Joe Zabar | 16 July 2020 […]

Disadvantage not all about the hip pocket

As published CathNews 14 July 2020 The research found Australia’s most disadvantaged electorate was Hinkler in regional Queensland. (Pixabay) New research on disadvantage in Australia has found that it’s not just income that matters when calculating disadvantage, but other factors such as health and education. Source: The Conversation. The research, conducted by the ANU Centre […]

Being part of Our Place, a community project by Centacare FNQ, 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 […]

JobKeeper, 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 […]

Where are the most disadvantaged parts of Australia? New research shows it’s not just income that matters

This article first appeared in The Conversation 13 July 2020 New research on disadvantage in Australia has found the gap between rich and poor is very wide in Sydney, while much of Queensland struggles with educational disadvantage and regional NSW and Victoria are both more disadvantaged when it comes to health. Previous research on poverty […]

It’s official: Fr Mick is a Queensland Great

Article as published CathNews 10 June 2020 An outback priest has been recognised for his dedication to his local community and the Church by being named a Queensland Great in the state’s annual awards. Source: Townsville Diocese. Mt Isa parish priest Fr Mick Lowcock was one of nine Queenslanders to be recognised in the Queensland […]

Grant applications opened for ongoing bushfire recovery

As published ACBC Media Blog and Cath News 18 May 2020 Catholic Emergency Relief Australia 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 on the COVID-19 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 By Malcolm Farr | They have been short-changed on health care, education, economic capacity and social cohesion, according to a ground-breaking national survey released […]

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

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 […]

Catholic Social Services Backs Stimulus, But Urges Prudence

March 13, 2020 Catholic Social Services Australia says governments and other key institutions have a duty to respond to the coronavirus challenge with a focus on pursuing the common good. “At a time of social and economic uncertainty, we need concrete measures that support our economy,” CSSA chief executive officer Ursula Stephens said. “The targeted […]

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 joy […]

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 […]