Advocacy

As a national advocate, CSSA works with its members to produce evidence/research which informs public opinion and assists lawmakers to develop just and compassionate social and economic policies that will improve the lives of people who are marginalised and vulnerable in Australia. 

CSSA advocates on a number of issues including:

  • Poverty and disadvantage
  • Indigenous issues
  • Housing
  • Refugee and asylum seekers
  • Income support
  • Tax
  • Employment and education
  • Rural and remote issues
  • Transport
  • Families and relationships
  • Disability
  • The Australian economy
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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The NDIS: another important choice at this Federal Election

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a major Australian social reform of the last 20 years, but does it provide enough individual choice, asks Catholic Social Services Australia's Dr Brenton Prosser

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Friday, 12 April 2019

Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health

Despite improved mental health being a national priority for over 25 years many people are still not receiving the support they need. See our submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health

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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Budget 2019-20 and the way forward for welfare

Cost-of-living pressures are affecting all Australians, but particularly those experiencing low wages growth and an outdated welfare payment system — CSSA's Deputy CEO, Joe Zabar, in Eureka Street.

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Monday, 18 March 2019

Church calls for living wage for Australian families - ACBC Media Blog

The Catholic Church has made a submission to the Fair Work Commission seeking a new National Minimum Wage of $760.00 per week and $20.00 per hour.

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Call for Applications

The CSSA Board invites applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Social Services Australia

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Catholic Social Teaching: Debunking the Myths

"Spread a culture of tolerance and learn to engage respectfully with people who passionately disagree with you". This was the dominant theme of CSSA's CEO, Fr Frank Brennan's presentation at Catholic Care’s, Towards Practice Excellence, two day staff conference at Hunter Stadium from 27-28 February.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

NSW Pastoral Ministry Conference, Drawing and Giving Life - Keynote Address, Fr Frank Brennan SJ

The Annual NSW Association of Pastors, Pastoral Associates and Pastoral Workers Conference, 26 February 2019

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Medicalis-nation: the growing dependence of Australian public policy on drugs

Australian media regularly reports concerns about the over-use of drugs to treat our most vulnerable. However, what this reporting has missed is the subtle but underlying trend toward medicalisation in public policy.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Medicalisation-nation: Australia’s growing public policy dependence on drugs

Australian media regularly reports concerns about the over-use of drugs to treat our most vulnerable. However, what this reporting has missed is the subtle but underlying trend toward medicalisation in public policy - CSSA's Director Research, Brenton Prosser PhD, in the Mandarin

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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Election sweeteners a family affair

Let's hope that the coming election sweeteners include relief for low-income households with children — CSSA's Deputy CEO, Joe Zabar, in Eureka Street

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Christian charity must start with God: Lismore Bishop

The first call for those working in social services is to see the need of others through the eyes of God, Lismore Bishop Greg Homeming OCD has told Catholic social service leaders from across the country. CSSA 2019 National Conference, 'Meeting the Unmet Need' 19-20 February 2019

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Lismore bishop calls for more help for children from dysfunctional families

Bishop Greg Homeming, Bishop of Lismore speaking to Port Macquarie News from the Catholic Social Services Australia 2019 Conference, 'Meeting the Unmet Need' held in Port Macquarie February 19-20.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Supporting those on the margins

We are blessed to have a pope who speaks to all the world about the prudence, justice and empathy required so that more people on our planet might enjoy integral human development - CSSA's CEO, Fr Frank Brennan, Opening Address, CSSA's 2019 National Conference, Meeting the Unmet Need

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Monday, 18 February 2019

A new standard for asylum seeker policy

We are all gearing up for the third election in a row when boat turnbacks and the punitive treatment of refugees and asylum seekers feature. It need not be so. It's time voters sent a message that it should not be so - CSSA's CEO, Fr Frank Brennan SJ, in Eureka Street

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Boat Turnbacks and Medical Transfers, published Pearls and Irritations

An alternative approach being put on refugees by Frank Brennan (CEO,CSSA) Tim Costello (Chief Advocate for World Vision) , Robert Manne (Emeritus Professor of Politics and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University) and John Menadue (former Secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Immigration)

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

A Job is the Best Form of Welfare

"Australia’s current employment policy is leaving 1.8 million people looking for a job or for more work. And without a change, it’s hard to see how things will improve. But what if there was a way to give everyone who wanted to work a full-time job?" -- CSSA deputy CEO Joe Zabar writing in Pro Bono News

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Religious freedom in schools

A Christian school must be guaranteed the freedom to teach what Jesus taught, respectfully, reasonably and counterculturally, Fr Frank Brennan SJ, CSSA's CEO in Eureka Street

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference - Statement on Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Statement from the ACBC President Archbishop Mark Coleridge

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Saturday, 15 December 2018

All freedoms need protection

CSSA's CEO, Fr Frank Brennan was a member of the Ruddock expert panel on religious freedom in Australia. Fr Brennan's reflections on the publication of the expert panel's report and the Morrison Government's response.

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Monday, 10 December 2018

UN human rights declaration turns 70

Today, 10 December 2018, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as 'a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.