• Leave Medevac laws alone

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council is disappointed by the Senate Committee’s recommendation to pass the Migration Amendment

  • Society close to joining National Redress Scheme

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia reaffirms its strong support for the Commonwealth National Redress Scheme for people

  • Productivity Commission Draft Report on Mental Health

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    St Vincent de Paul National Council CEO Toby oConnor welcomed the Productivity Commission’s draft report on mental health, released today.

  • St Vincent de Paul National Council Cautions Against Cashless Debit Card

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has cautioned against blanket mandatory income management through the national application of the cashless debit card, citing potential harm and limited evidence, in its...

  • Drought Assistance Program

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society’s National Council has been requested by the Morrison Government to distribute $15M to people experiencing distress..

  • Medevac legislation repeal would be a new low

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    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council President, Claire Victory has urged Senators to vote against the repeal of the Medevac legislation..

  • Toby oConnor appointed to National Shelter Board

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    SVDP National Council CEO Toby oConnor has been appointed to the National Council of National Shelter, the non-government peak organisation that aims to improve housing access, affordability, appropriateness, safety and...

  • Drug Testing recommendation disappointing

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council is disappointed that the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs has recommended the passage of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill...

  • Households in the Dark II

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    Ground-breaking research conducted by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria from 2012 to 2018 shows that State and Federal governments have so far failed to take a wholistic approach to the cost of power for low...

  • SVDP Appointment to Australian Energy Market Commission Review Panel

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    Gavin Dufty Manager Policy and Research SVDP in Victoria has been appointed to the Reliability Panel hosted by the Australian Energy Market Commission established in 2005 to provide expert policy advice to Australian...

  • Anti-Poverty Week 2019

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    This year in Anti-Poverty Week, the National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society highlights case studies that demonstrate the extent and severity of hardship faced by people living on Newstart.

  • A More Flexible Approach Needed to Newstart Allowance

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called on the Federal Government to put in place a more flexible approach to setting and indexing the Newstart Allowance. In its submission to the Senate Standing...

  • Side by side with communities in drought

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council is in the process of establishing a national call centre to help with the distribution of the second round of financial assistance through the Drought Community Support...

  • Drought Assistance

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    The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement today of further assistance to rural communities devastated by the unrelenting drought. The Government announced...

  • At what price this surplus?

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    The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society is disappointed by the Federal Government’s plan to revive its failed 2017 attempts to force people applying for social services support to exhaust modest...

  • Cashless Debit Card

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has repeated its opposition to the cashless debit card saying the punitive measure deflects attention from the underlying causes of poverty and disadvantage. CEO Toby...

  • AIHW REPORT

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    The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society welcomed the release today of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s flagship report Australia’s Welfare 2019. CEO Toby oConnor said the...

  • St Vincent de Paul opposes drug testing people on income support

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    The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society has reiterated its opposition to efforts to expose people on income support to mandatory drug tests, stating again that the proposal is not supported by current...

  • Newstart should be increased for ALL recipients

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    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia CEO Toby oConnor today reiterated the Society’s support for an across the board increase of $75 for all recipients of Newstart. Emphasising the...

  • Housing ends homelessness - National Homelessness Week

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    Housing ends homelessness - National Homelessness Week 2019 Only a long-term national strategy and a deep, non-partisan commitment from federal, state and territory governments will begin to address the chronic shortage...

  • Homelessness needs a joint response

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    Homelessness needs a joint response 9 July 2019 St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia CEO, Toby O’Connor, today welcomed the Morrison Government’s focus on emergency accommodation for a...

  • Statement on re-election of Coalition Government

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    The Society congratulates the Federal Coalition on their election win & commits to working with the Morrison Government for a fairer & more just nation.

  • Budget reply 2019: We are losing the war on poverty

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    While the Opposition's Budget reply speech prioritises essential services over tax cuts for high-income earners, Labor continues to ignore the plight of people on Newstart.

  • Hands off our NDIS Funding

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    Vinnies calls on all parties to publicly guarantee that funds allocated to the NDIS are used to fix the scheme, not prop up the Budget surplus.

  • Change of heart delivers welcome relief – but more needed

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    While we welcome the policy reversal on energy assistance payments, enduring solutions are needed to overcome poverty, not one-off payments.

  • Federal Budget 2019

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    The 2019 Federal Budget delivers a surplus. But, what does a surplus mean to the everyday life of the growing number of families and single people who are, right now, living in entrenched poverty?

  • Call for cross-party commitment to dismantle ParentsNext

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    Vinnies joins alliance of organisations calling for an end to the punitive ParentsNext program.

  • New CEO appointed to St Vincent de Paul Society National Council

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has appointed Mr Toby oConnor as its next CEO.

  • New President elected to lead the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council

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    Claire Victory has been elected as the Society's new National President.