St Vincent de Paul Society National Media Releases

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has a media officer who takes media enquiries on all issues of national significance. Please contact 0400 845 492 or media@svdp.org.au for more information.

Click here for previous National Media Releases.

  • Vinnies calls for urgent nation-wide investment in social housing

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    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council calls on the Federal Government to establish a social housing fund of $10 billion to address the chronic shortage of safe, affordable housing in Australia

  • Vinnies Welcomes extension of JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments but there are questions about equity

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society’s National Council has welcomed the extension the JobSeeker and JobKeeper programs by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in Canberra today, but warned that...

  • Seven years on - hundreds of asylum seekers caught in Australian purgatory - what is the plan?

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    Seven years ago Kevin Rudd ensured no people who arrived in Australia by boat would ever gain permanent settlement in Australia. Vinnies National President, Claire Victory today reiterated the Society’s call for the...

  • Expert Panel should set payment rates to keep people out of poverty

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    St Vincent de Paul Society’s National Council has called on the Federal Government to establish an expert panel to advise it on revisions to Social Security payments

  • Vinnies welcomes drought payment extension to 31 December 2020

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    The Society welcomed news today that the Australian Government has extended its Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 until 31 December 2020.

  • People need enough to live on and a place to call home

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society’s National Council has called on the Federal Government to maintain JobSeeker and JobKeeper until an expert group has been established to provide advice on payment rates that keep people...

  • Vinnies joins call for bipartisan anti-racism strategy

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society’s National Council President, Claire Victory, has supported calls for a bipartisan National Anti-Racism Strategy to address increasing incidents of racism in Australia.

  • Tragic Death in Custody

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council strongly supports the recent recommendations of the NSW Deputy State Coroner, following an inquest into the death in custody of an ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

  • HomeBuilder package misses the mark

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council acknowledges the leadership of the Prime Minister and the National Cabinet in continuing to navigate Australia through theCOVID-19 pandemic. We particularly praise the...

  • JOINT STATEMENT: Building a stronger and cleaner post-pandemic Australia

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    Our diverse organisations together call for support for COVID economic recovery to urgently stimulate jobs and to rebuild a sustainable and strong economy.

  • Vinnies adopts National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

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    St Vincent de Paul Society’s National Council has signed up to the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, ensuring a nationally consistent approach to the safety of children and vulnerable people across the Society.

  • Vinnies launches COVID-19 Winter Appeal

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    As the impact of COVID-19 deepens and winter approaches, Vinnies is calling on Australians to dig deep and donate generously to the COVID-19 Winter Appeal.

  • Report on Adequacy of Newstart provides a blueprint for reform

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    Toby oConnor has urged the Federal Government to seriously consider the recommendations outlined in the Federal Parliament’s Community Affairs References Committee’s report on its Inquiry into the Adequacy of...

  • Vinnies calls for more agile approach to natural disaster response

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    In its submission to the Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council called for a more streamlined approach to assessing and responding to need for people affected...

  • Vinnies CEO Sleepout goes online to combat homelessness during COVID-19

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    For the first time, business and community leaders across Australia will unite for a national online sleepout on 18 June to raise essential funds for Vinnies’ homelessness services.

  • St Vincent de Paul welcomes changes to JobKeeper program

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    SVdP National Council CEO Toby oConnor has welcomed amendments to the Federal Government’s JobKeeper Payment program in relation to charities and government grants.

  • Federal Government drought money available now

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    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council CEO Toby oConnor encourages farming communities living with the consequences of the drought to apply for up to $3,000 in Federal Government funding.

  • Support Asylum Seekers and Refugees in face of COVID-19

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    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council President Claire Victory has called on the Federal Government to extend available payments and support to people seeking asylum, especially now in the face of the COVID-19...

  • COVID-19 – We will get through this

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia operates at the grass roots and provides material and personal support to individuals and families in local communities across Australia.

  • St Vincent de Paul Society Australia response to COVID-19 pandemic

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    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council President, Claire Victory, said vulnerable people will be deeply challenged by the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and by the economic impact of the virus.

  • Additional drought declared areas qualify for assistance

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    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council CEO Toby oConnor today welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to broaden the geographic base for support to farming communities living with the consequences of the...

  • Federal drought assistance still available in Victoria

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    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council CEO Toby oConnor said the Society continues to make Federal Government drought assistance funds available for distribution in eligible Local Government Areas in Victoria, in...

  • Vinnies welcomes Federal Government's response to charities review

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    SVdP National Council President, Claire Victory, has welcomed the Federal Government’s response today to the report of the review of the ACNC, Strengthening for Purpose: Australian Charities and Not-forprofit...

  • Federal drought assistance still available

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    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council CEO Toby oConnor said the Society still has Federal Government drought assistance funds available for distribution in eligible Local Government Areas in Queensland, NSW and...

  • Poverty and Inequality in Australia

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    The St Vincent de Paul National Council welcomes the release today of Poverty & Inequality in Australia, the report published by ACOSS and UNSW in Sydney.

  • Vinnies calls for national vision for mental health services

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called for a clear, national vision for mental health services, supported by adequate government funding in its recommendations to the Productivity Commission’s...

  • Vinnies welcomes additional drought funding

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    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement today of additional funding for drought affected communities right across Australia.

  • 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 Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

  • Vinnies bushfire response continues

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society continues to distribute funds received through the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, which was established in response to the current, unprecedented bushfire season.

  • Vinnies confirms every cent will go to bushfire victims

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    The St Vincent de Paul Society would like to assure the community that every dollar raised for the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal will be used to support the people impacted by the fires. Vinnies will not, and has never kept...

  • Vinnies Welcomes Bishops’ Australia Day Appeal

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    Catholic parishes across Australia will take up special, dedicated collections for the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal on the Australia Day long weekend.

  • Vinnies is part of the toolbox in fire response

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    National President Claire Victory said today that the needs of people affected by the bushfire crisis are front of mind for the many volunteers and staff at Vinnies engaged in recovery efforts.