National News

Church community service providers condemn Welfare Reform Bill

Wednesday 15 November 2017

UnitingCare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and Anglicare Australia

UnitingCare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and Anglicare Australia have joined together to condemn the Federal Government’s Welfare Reform Bill saying a majority of the measures contained within the Bill will further punish and demonises people who are already on low incomes and need support. 

Australian youth ministers to gather in Western Sydney in 2018

Tuesday 14 November 2017

ACBC Office for Youth

The Australian Catholic Bishops Office for Youth and the Diocese of Parramatta will host the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC), from 21-23 September 2018, at Rooty Hill RSL. The ACYMC will explore the call of Pope Francis to ‘Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy’ and going out to the peripheries to support young people in finding their place in the world.

Funding model ‘biased to rich independent schools’

Tuesday 14 November 2017

John Ferguson, Rebecca Urban, The Australian

Wealthy independent schools will be overfunded by billions of dollars over the next decade due to serious flaws in the Turnbull government’s funding system, a new report will argue today.

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) has calculated that wealthy independent schools will receive hundreds of millions of dollars extra each year, leaving the Catholic sector and other low-fee independents underfunded because of the funding formula.

The CECV estimates the funding gap means that if every wealthy independent school had more accurate socio-economic status (SES) funding scores they would receive between $200 million and $360m a year less from the federal government.