CSSA National Conference 23 - 26 August 2022

Media Releases

Australia’s most underprivileged have something to look forward to with new government

22 May 2022 Australia’s most underprivileged and disadvantaged have something to look forward to with the election of Anthony Albanese as Prime Minister and Labor as the new Government, one of Australia’s leading social services organisations said today. The Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, Francis Sullivan, said today that while the new Government faces […]

Tasmania’s most marginal seats, Bass and Braddon, have among the nation’s highest levels of ‘persistent disadvantage’ report finds

13 May 2022 Two of Australia’s most marginal seats, Bass and Braddon in Tasmania, suffer among the nation’s highest levels of persistent disadvantage, according to major research undertaken by Catholic Social Services Australia and the Australian National University. The research undertaken in 2020, shows that in the towns and regional areas of Bass and Braddon […]

CSSA supports Labor commitment to review of National Disability Insurance Scheme

20 April 2022 Labor’s commitment to undertake a major review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is an important first step in ensuring the sustainability and operation of one of the country’s most important social support services, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, Francis Sullivan said today. “The $30 billion system, which delivers services to […]

Prime Minister dismisses social security portfolio as something ‘that can be dealt with’ later

18 April 2022 Prime Minister Morrison has today given the clearest indication yet of how little the Coalition cares for Australia’s marginalised and disadvantaged when he dismissed the Social Services portfolio as secondary to Defence, Treasury, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Health.  Mr Morrison made the comments this afternoon when he announced current Families and Social […]

Labor decision not to review Jobseeker payments disappointing

14 April 2022 The decision by Labor not to review the JobSeeker payment ahead of its first budget if it wins the May federal election is disappointing, according to one of Australia’s peak social services groups. Francis Sullivan, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, said the decision is a real blow for 1.5 million people […]

Australians need to vote for fairness and the party that will act on entrenched hardship and poverty

10 April 2022 The entrenched poverty, loss of opportunity and inequality that nearly 3 million Australia live with every day has not been adequately addressed by either of the major political parties as we enter the official election campaign, according to the head of one of Australia’s leading social service groups. Mr Francis Sullivan, Chair […]

Open Letter to all Federal Candidates

Major Church Social Service Providers: Anglicare, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army and Uniting Care. 10 April 2022 Australia’s major Church providers* have come together ahead of the upcoming election to call on all parties and candidates to commit to policies that will make a real difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. […]

Budget delivers little for underprivileged and families living in poverty

29 March 2022 The Morrison Government has yet again failed to provide any focused funding to assist the most marginalised and underprivileged Australians in its 2022/23 budget. Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, Francis Sullivan, said that while some of the Government’s initiatives might flow through to people living on or below the poverty line, […]

Latest NDIS quarterly report show average spending per participant down by 4 per cent

21 March 2022 Funding for participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme was cut by 4 per cent in 2021 with the average spend falling from $71,200 in 2020 to $68,500 in 2021. The figures, revealed in the latest NDIS quarterly report, reinforces concerns among disability service providers that the cost cutting that they have […]

Low income and disadvantaged families being left behind as cost of living surges

18 March 2022 Despite Australia’s jobless rate falling to a new 13-year low last month, cost of living increases continue to place enormous pressure on low income and disadvantaged families. Ms Monique Earsman, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia, said today, while the fall in the unemployment rate is clearly welcome, people on low […]

$2 billion Federal omicron and flu health boost must focus on underprivileged

11 March 2022 The Federal Government’s planned $2 billion health funding boost to fight a looming winter omicron infection wave and the first serious flu season in three years must focus on disability, aged and Indigenous communities. “Over the past two years, we have seen marginalised communities left behind or ignored by the Federal Government […]

Three million Australians, including nearly 750,000 children, living in poverty

10 March 2022 Just under 3 million Australians, including nearly 750,000 children, are living in poverty according to a major new report from the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. According to the report, released this week, nearly 11.8 per cent of the population are living on less than half of Australia’s median income. Ms Monique Earsman, […]

One in three disability workers want to leave the sector because of low wages and poor conditions

7 March 2022 A major survey of nearly 2,500 disability support workers has found almost one third (31%) of respondents want to leave the sector within the next 12 months. The survey, by unions representing sector workers – ASU, HSU, UWU and AWU – found nearly a third (31%) wanted to leave their jobs because […]

Petrol price hikes and cost of living increases to hit low income earners hardest

25 February 2022 As tensions increase in Ukraine, Australians are bracing themselves for record petrol prices that will impact low-income earners and welfare recipients the hardest, according to the Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, Francis Sullivan. Local petrol prices are already at record highs, reaching a national average of $1.791 cents per litre in […]

Nauru offshore detention company making $500,000 profit a year for each detainee

16 February 2022 The company behind Australia’s offshore processing regime on Nauru made a staggering $101 million profit last financial year – more than $500,000 for each of the fewer than 200 people held on the island at the time, according to its most recent accounts filed with the corporate regulator. Francis Sullivan, Chair of […]

Joint statement on the need for free and accessible rapid antigen tests to protect public health and the economic recovery

14 February 2022 As Australia faces the reality of Omicron ripping through our communities with devastating consequences for both public health and the economy, we need the Federal Government to provide free and accessible rapid antigen tests (RATs) for the entire community. Rapid Antigen Tests are an essential tool in managing this pandemic and stopping […]

Solar panels on public housing could save tenants $750 a year: improve health, stimulate the economy and reduce emissions

7 February 2022 One of Australia’s peak social services groups, Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), has supported calls for rooftop solar panels to be installed on Australia’s public housing stock. A joint report by the University of NSW and the Australian Photovoltaic Institute says adding solar panels to the nation’s 440,000 social housing dwellings could […]

Three million Australians living below the poverty line struggling with skyrocketing rental costs

14 January 2022 Francis Sullivan, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, said today, economic pressures being faced by low income and disadvantaged Australians are at an all-time high and are being force-fed by the relentless increase in housing costs. The Domain Rent Report for the December quarter released this week shows tenants are paying $50 […]

National Cabinet must act and make rapid antigen tests widely accessible and free for low income and social security recipients

5 January 2022 Australia’s peak Catholic social services organisation is calling on Australia’s political leaders at today’s National Cabinet meeting to make Rapid antigen tests (RATs) free for low-income earners and social security recipients. Francis Sullivan, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, said today that the Federal Government must make the RATs available to the […]

‘Buy now pay later’ debt trap as low income families look towards Christmas

9 December 2021 As low-income families around Australia look towards Christmas and the cost of presents and celebrations, the temptation to ‘buy now and pay later’ (BNPL) starts to become an attractive option. But, according to Francis Sullivan, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, using BNPL companies include Afterpay, Zip Pay, Latitude and Sezzle, could […]