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Government must require insurers to offer hospital-in-the-home care

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The federal government must ensure patients can access hospital-in-the-home care by requiring private health insurers to cover it, according to Catholic Health Australia.   In its pre-budget submission, the peak body representing more than 80 public and not-for-profit hospitals said a default benefit – the minimum insurers must pay for a treatment – should apply … Continued

More work needed if we are to build 1.2 million homes

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Despite a myriad of Federal Government housing initiatives, Australia is on track to fall over 110,000 homes short of its National Housing Accord target. Master Builders Australia has today released its 2024 building and construction industry forecasts which, for the first time, cover the full five-year period of the Accord. From 1 July 2024 until … Continued

Higher density building approvals drop to 12-year low

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New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows with three months to go until the Housing Accord clock starts ticking, higher density approvals have hit their lowest monthly figure in almost 12 years. “Total new home building approvals slipped by 1.9 per cent during February,” said Master Builders Australia Chief Economist Shane Garrett. “There … Continued

Federal Budget Submission: Business growth to build the economy

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Accelerating investment in business and education, urgent tax reform, increased clarity about the reliability, cost and path to net zero and turbo charging Regional Victoria are among the recommendations in the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2024-25 Federal Budget Submission.     As Victoria’s peak business and industry body, the Chamber represents the collective voice of … Continued

Finding Australia’s missing tradies

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27 March 2024 Releasing its supplementary Budget submission, Finding Australia’s missing tradies: Harnessing our skilled migrant workforce, Master Builders Australia has today made recommendations to help migrants navigate complex and unnecessary barriers to work in the industry.   The building and construction industry needs more workers if we are going to build 1.2 million homes … Continued

Alert: APH report launch today on community legal sector crisis – Local services forced to turn away 1,000 people every day

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Later today, Community Legal Centres Australia will launch its latest snapshot of the sector at Parliament House, revealing that local community legal services nationwide are being forced to turn away 1,000 people every day.  The report, A sector in crisis, documents the overwhelming demand faced by legal assistance services, as well as the workforce crisis … Continued

Vasey RSL Care Welcomes Federal Opposition Treasurer Angus Taylor’s Visit to The V Centre

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Vasey RSL Care Welcomes Federal Opposition Treasurer Angus Taylor’s Visit to The V Centre Vasey RSL Care, a leading ex-service accommodation provider in Australia, was pleased to host the Federal Opposition Treasurer Angus Taylor to The V Centre Veteran Empowerment Program last week. The V Centre Veteran Empowerment Program provides crucial support to veterans who … Continued

Government must urgently fund aged care wage decision

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Catholic Health Australia is calling on the federal government to fully fund a wage rise for aged care workers arising from today’s decision in the Fair Work Commission. The FWC is due to hand down its decision on the Aged Care Work Value Case at 2pm today.  Catholic Health Australia strongly supports the full 25 … Continued

Government must swiftly implement Aged Care Taskforce recommendations

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Catholic Health Australia has urged the government to swiftly implement the recommendations of the Aged Care taskforce announced today to create a more sustainable and better quality aged care sector for older Australians.   The taskforce has recommended greater personal contributions to the cost of accommodation and daily living expenses for those who can afford … Continued

Boost pay to fix workforce shortages in aged care

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The federal government must lift pay and improve housing affordability to fix the critical workforce shortage in aged care, according to Catholic Health Australia. Last year the Albanese Government fully funded the Fair Work Commission’s interim 15 per cent minimum wage rise for direct care workers, head chefs and lifestyle officers, assisting the sector to … Continued