The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Australian Catholic University's public policy think tank, the PM Glynn Institute, hosted an online roundtable this week to consider the Catholic policy response to COVID-19. The event drew together leaders from a range of ministries and fields, from within and beyond the Church. A discussion paper will be published after Easter summarising the key topics and themes, addressed during the roundtable.
Catholic Social Service Australia had condemned the Government's decision to set the JobSeeker payment at just $44 per day, as hundreds of thousands of people prepare to move from JobKeeper to JobSeeker payments in the coming days. CEO Dr Ursula Stephens explains that despite widespread support for higher payment levels for JobSeeker, those calls have been ignored.
A significant element of the conference will be the opening plenary session on the evening of 26 February which will focus on the Indigenous voice and reconciliation. This plenary will draw on the enduring wisdom, strength and resilience of our First Peoples.
The national Catholic Social Services conference, Serving Communities with Courage and Compassion, was held from 26-28 February 2020 at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, in East Melbourne.
The Australian community is facing the challenge of recovering from a summer of natural disasters ― fires, floods and drought. Many Catholic agencies have been involved in providing relief to affected communities.
The upcoming 2020 Catholic Social Services conference, will feature a workshop conducted by John Warhurst AO, which will draw on his extensive governance experience and explore "best practices and dangerous practices' in the governance of Catholic and other organisations.
Significantly, Australian parishes make available a range of social service activities providing for those in need. In some ways, they can rach out to sections of the community that professional service agencies cannot. Services provided by parishes usually have a strong personal focus on those being served. The key role of parishes as centres of Catholic social services will be focus of the forthcoming Catholic Social Services conference.