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15 Sep 2015

Foster Care Week and our support for same sex carers

This Foster Care Week The Benevolent Society celebrates all gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, queer, transgender and intersex foster carers who have opened their hearts and homes to children in need – with the release of a new children’s book for the children in their care.

  • 2 Sep 2015

    Social Benefit Bonds target high numbers

    Listen to the AM report on ABC News on our Social Benefit Bonds program.

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  • 26 Aug 2015

    Benevolent Society welcomes Gayby Baby public release

    The Benevolent Society is delighted that acclaimed documentary Gayby Baby will open in cinemas around Australia next week, and believes showing the film about children being raised by gay or same-sex parents will help promote tolerance and acceptance of diverse families.

    “It’s very disappointing to see that ‘outrage’ by some parents at the plans of one Sydney High School to celebrate Wear It Purple day on Friday 28 August has resulted in this sensitive and beautiful film being screened after school hours,” said Benevolent Society Executive Director Matt Gardiner.

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  • 15 Jul 2015

    Funding boost for families welcome in Queensland Budget

    The Benevolent Society welcomes the continued level of investment in social service supports for Queensland families in this week’s Budget.

    “We are particularly pleased that the State Government is investing seriously in early years services in more locations, and has continued to fund ten Aboriginal Child and Family Centres (after their Federal funding ran out). All Queenslanders will reap the benefits of increasing our investment in the early years, particularly for children and families experiencing adversity and hardship," said Executive Director Matt Gardiner.

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  • 13 May 2015

    Seems kinder but is it fairer?

    The Benevolent Society joins ACOSS, St Vincent de Paul Society and others in the welfare sector in giving a mixed response to the 2015 Budget delivered last night, which still leaves many people on the lowest incomes badly off and is overshadowed by measures from last year’s Budget.

    Click on the title above to read our full response

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  • 11 May 2015

    Jobs for Families Childcare Package falls short for those who need it most

    The Benevolent Society welcomes elements of the Government’s new Jobs for Families Childcare Package but remains concerned that some vulnerable children may not be fully covered by the proposed safety net.

    “It’s hard to know the impact most of the announced measures will have on the many hundreds of vulnerable children and families we support, since most don’t take effect until 2017 – and will still need to pass the Senate.” said Executive Director Matt Gardiner.

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  • 8 May 2015

    Safety net for disadvantaged kids welcome

    The Benevolent Society welcomes the announcement by Social Services Minister Scott Morrison last night that the Families Package will contain $850million on childcare for disadvantaged families, children considered at risk and those living in regional or remote parts of Australia, but needs more details to assess what will really be available to support vulnerable children.

    “It’s very encouraging that Minister Morrison has listened and understands that access to quality early childhood education and care for disadvantaged, remote and vulnerable children, is vital to amplify their development, and also contributes to Australia’s future prosperity. But we have yet to see how much of this funding will be new money and whether it will pass through the Senate,” said Executive Director Matt Gardiner.

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  • 4 May 2015

    Punishing parents will not help vunerable children

    The Benevolent Society welcomes the extension of funding to ensure all four year olds can access 15 hours of preschool in the year before school, announced by Social Services Minister Scott Morrison yesterday, however, the organisation has grave concerns about other elements of the proposed Families Package, especially the impact of the proposed Activity Test on disadvantaged children.

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  • 30 Apr 2015

    Action needed on affordable housing crisis

    The Benevolent Society joins the call for a national plan for affordable housing and a massive increase in social housing to address the lack of stable homes for low income Australians, revealed in Anglicare’s National Housing Affordability Snapshot.

    "It is scandalous that in a country with one of the highest living standards in the world, many of our most vulnerable citizens who rely on income support can't find any kind of rental housing that they can afford - including share housing," said Benevolent Society CEO Joanne Toohey.

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  • 9 Apr 2015

    Benevolent Society appoints new CEO Jo Toohey

    The Benevolent Society, Australia’s first charity, has appointed Jo Toohey as Chief Executive Officer, after nine months of serving as acting CEO. The appointment comes after an extensive and rigorous nationwide search following the departure of Anne Hollonds in July 2014.

    Ms Toohey is excited to have her appointment confirmed: “My goal is for The Benevolent Society to build on our reputation as an innovative provider of services, and become an even greater place to work. I am motivated by our commitment to social justice and want to see The Benevolent Society continue to be a leader in improving social impact and advocacy for a just society where all Australians are able to thrive.”

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