In April 2022 the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council released its Federal Election 2022 statement, calling for A Fairer Australia. The Society has updated its federal advocacy materials and will launch its call to Let's Build a Fairer Australia! in mid 2023. Check this website for updates.
A Fairer Australia is informed by our members’ experiences in meeting with and helping others. It covers five key policy areas that would help address widening inequality in households and communities and lift many people out of poverty.
The five key policy areas are:
There is also an ancillary paper, A Fairer Tax and Welfare System for Australia, developed for the Society by the Australian National University (ANU).
The reality is Australia is a wealthy country but has a shortage of affordable housing, growing inequity, increasingly insecure work and stagnant wages. Households that rely on income support are struggling to survive.
One-in-six children are living in poverty and great disadvantage persists, especially in regional and remote communities.
The next generation of Australians will inherit an unprecedented budget deficit.
Now, more than ever, government policy and fiscal management need to be robust, evidence-based and directed to areas of greatest need.
Our report cards outline how each of the policies from the major parties stack-up against A Fairer Australia.
Read the 2023 report card here