Media Releases

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]