The Federal Government is on the side of big business, not working people and their communities.
Tonight, we needed a budget that tackled growing inequality, flat lining wages, gave our communities greater security in employment and retirement.
Instead, the Federal Government delivered for its mates in banks and big business with $80 billion in corporate tax cuts.
The Federal Government has failed many in our community.
This Budget sees almost no additional funding to domestic violence services apart from a further $11.5 million for 1800 RESPECT after ASU members campaigned to maintain quality counselling services for women, men and children who have experienced domestic or sexual violence.
There are cuts to foreign aid in real terms with funding frozen until 2023, as well as a 30 percent reduction in funding of the Human Rights Commission.
In a blow to democracy, the ABC will lose a further $163 million, only reducing its capacity to keep politicians honest.
The Budget provides no ongoing funding beyond 2020 for Aboriginal Legal Services and Community Legal Services, potentially affecting hundreds of ASU members jobs in the community sector.
In the NDIS there’s nothing to support workers but the Government is giving $64.2 million over 3 years to employers to market themselves instead of investing in training and skills development of the existing NDIS workforce.
The Budget expands the appalling Community Development Programme which makes Aboriginal and low-income workers be paid less than the minimum wage and not have rights to Workplace, Health and Safety standards or to superannuation
New migrants to Australia under the budget will now have to wait four years to access social service payments, making women living with violence extremely vulnerable.
The Federal Government has continued to freeze the minimum rate of superannuation at 9.5%, ignoring every report that shows women do not have enough money in retirement and are the fastest growing demographic of those experiencing homelessness.
There is nothing to address the looming crisis in community mental health that ASU members have been campaigning for years, instead new mental health money is focused on hotline supports
There’s no funding for renewable energy or just transitions for workers in the energy sector.
There’s no new funding to local governments for the important work they do in our communities.
There are billions of dollars for roads and rail, but it will only be given if state governments are prepared to sell off their public assets or enter into a partnership with the private sector.
The Federal Government proved that this Government’s priorities are still the big end of town. All workers have lost in this budget because the Government is on the side of big business not working people, their families and communities.
Join the movement to change the rules and fight for a fairer society.
The NDIS is in the news today, for all the wrong reasons.Read more
These are opportunities to come together with other members in your local area to talk about Union campaigns, workplace issues and how we can build a fairer society together in Union.
These meetings are great opportunities to bring along your colleagues who aren’t in the Union yet to find out more about what we can achieve when we build a strong Union movement.See all events
We know that domestic violence can happen to anyone. We know that many ASU members will have a direct experience of domestic violence or will have worked with those affected by domestic violence.
1. Paid domestic violence leave is an important universal right all workers should have access to. We know that women have been murdered on the way to or from work because when they try to leave an unsafe home the perpetrator of violence knows where they work.
Women need to know that their workplace has a commitment to supporting them through paid leave to speak out, seek help and take action if they are affected by domestic violence. Economic dependency traps people in violent relationships.
This important workplace right will save lives.
2. The provision of timely, effective and expert non-judgemental support for women experiencing violence can make all the difference to whether a woman successfully rebuilds her life and achieves safety.
This means quality support from a range of services must be available - in particular specialist women-led women’s services. Recent funding cuts at all levels of government have had a dramatic effect on women-led women’s services.
We need all governments to come together and provide a new national funding agreement to fill the urgent gaps in service delivery, provide genuine holistic care and support for women, and ensure that women-led women’s services are sustainable into the future.
We are the Union for workers in the disability sector.
Our members ensure that ours is a civil society, where we protect the vulnerable, where everyone can participate in and be part of our community. We are advocates, support workers, case workers, carers, trainers, coordinators, counsellors, and administrative support.
We work across NSW and the ACT in small services, to large organisation like House With No Steps, St Vincent de Paul, Lifestyle Solutions, LiveBetter, Flourish and Life Without Barriers.
We won Equal Pay on the ground, through organising and mobilising. We were determined and held a never say never attitude during our decades-long hard fought campaign.
Now members in women’s services are campaigning for universal access to paid domestic violence leave. The We Won’t Wait campaign also calls for stable and secure funding to women’s led services.Read more
Community and disability sector work is increasingly more complex and demanding and consequently, the set of skills and qualifications in our sector is also changing.Read more
- Do you know an ASU member in your workplace or sector that has inspired you to get involved in your union?
- Someone who has been a leader not just of ASU members in the workplace but also in shaping our sector more broadly?
- Someone who has fought for better outcomes, funding or profile of the social and community services sector?
Your job, your career - we want to know what you think about the future of work in community and disability services
On Wednesday n a room full of ASU members The Australia Institute launched its report A Portable Training Entitlement System for the Disability Support Services Sector, authored by Drs Rose Ryan and Jim Stanford.
The Report was commissioned by our Union, coming out of last year's Disability Delegates Conference, when members came together to share their hopes for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and ideas on how we can make it the best it can be.
Delegates wanted access to ongoing training and recognition of the skills required to deliver the highest quality person-centred supports for people with disabilities.
A few years ago ASU members overwhelmingly voted to support marriage equality, but we must fight for equality with dignity and not have to have a divisive plebiscite that will create unsafe workplaces for LGBTIQ workers.
Not only is a plebiscite a waste of money (money that could be spent on other things like homelessness or domestic violence services) but it will also foster harmful and hurtful debate that could cost lives.Read more