What Is Social Justice? Asylum seekers and refugees guide. Last updated 14 August 2015 Over the last decade the Commission has worked to promote and protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia.
The Commission aims to provide clear, factual information to highlight the human rights issues involved in the treatment of these groups of people. Inequality in Indigenous Education. Over 200 years have passed since European colonisation and still Australia’s Indigenous population remain unequal to that of the rest of the society in education.
It is time for Australia to recognise this inequality and for society and its politicians to make proactive conscious efforts to rectify the problem. Statistics in 2007 showed that within the Northern Territory communities First People children from ages 5 to 17 years were failing numeracy and literacy tests. Results released in 2014 shows that not much progress has been made through government intervention with Indigenous children still 40-60% below the minimum reading standards.
Homelessness. A profile of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Higher rates of homelessness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Compared with non-Indigenous Australians, Indigenous people:
Close the Gap: Indigenous Health Campaign. Campaign for Indigenous Health Equality The poorer health of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when compared to the non-Indigenous population is no secret – and something can be done about it.
Since 2006, Australia's peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health bodies, NGOs and human rights organisations have worked together to achieve health and life expectation equality for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Inequality – ACOSS. Excessive inequality is a problem for any society.
It means that people have unequal ability to take part in social and economic opportunities, and it undermines the cohesiveness of that society. Excessive inequality is a problem for any economy. Resources become concentrated in fewer hands, resulting in reduced economic participation for the majority. The Gap: Indigenous Disadvantage in Australia. In 2008, the Australian government made a formal commitment to address Indigenous disadvantage in Australia, known as 'Closing the Gap', but what is the “gap”?
The “gap” refers to the the vast health and life-expectation inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This inequality includes: Voices on Social Justice. Fact Sheets. Lenten Fundraising Appeal. Featured Stories Explore the weekly stories which humble and inspire us, and show how your contributions to Project Compassion help people build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities Get involved: 50 years of Project Compassion.
Explore Catholic Social Teaching Principles. Australia's Indigenous health crisis in-depth. The crisis facing Indigenous health has a long and complex history.
It continues largely as a result of decades of government inaction and a continuing lack of appropriate medical services. A 2007 report by the Australian Medical Association also uncovered evidence of inherent discrimination in our health system. Aboriginal health in Australia - Creative Spirits. To us, health is about so much more than simply not being sick.
It's about getting a balance between physical, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual health. Health and healing are interwoven, which means that one can't be separated from the other. —Dr Tamara Mackean, Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association  Australia is the only place on the planet where Indigenous health and wellbeing are going backwards. Indigenous Health. From the Secretariat April 2017 - Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. Dear friends, Last month, the Refugee Council of Australia released an excellent report, State of the Nation: Refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.
Based on consultations around Australia over the past two years, the report provides a comprehensive investigation into the experiences of those seeking safety and settling in Australia within the broader context of the global crisis of human displacement. Like the Catholic Bishops’ 2015–16 Social Justice Statement, For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas, the Refugee Council’s report covers all stages of the perilous journeys of refugees, from displacement and flight from persecution, to settlement in communities – often struggling with language, poverty and trauma resulting from the journey or the way they have been treated by the Australian Government.
Many of the recommendations are the same as the ones the Bishops make in their Statement. News Monitor April 2017 - Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. Silver cross offers 'protection' from racism27-Mar-2017Wearing a simple silver cross is a 'powerful insurance' against racist attacks, writes Sharon Verghis in The Age. From the streets to helping others27-Mar-2017Homelessness is "something that just happens due to choices you make, the people you surround yourself around," says a 26-year-old success story of the Hutt St Centre homelessness service, reports The Southern Cross.
Parish makes housing dreams come true24-Mar-2017A parish-based initiative is offering young Brisbane families the chance to “get off the rental merry-go-round” and buy their first home, The Catholic Leader reports. Sustainable Development Goals. Statistics - Refugee Council of Australia. 1309 HousingLitRev. Age Discrimination. Say no to ageism on International Day of Older Persons. The International Day of Older Persons, Saturday 1 October is an opportunity to highlight the important contributions older people make to society and raise awareness of the issues and challenges of ageing in today’s world.
In 2014, Governments around the world adopted a resolution at the Economic and Social Council that recognised ageism as ‘the common source of, the justification for and the driving force behind age discrimination’. Australia’s seniors’ advocacy body COTA highlights research cited by the World Health Organisation reveals older people who have negative attitudes towards aging live 7.5 years less than those with positive attitudes, and have poorer recovery from disability and disease.
“If we embrace our ageing we will be happier, healthier and around for a lot longer,” COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates says. “Internalised ageism is still a major issue that is not sufficiently recognised. Older people who internalise ageist attitudes die sooner. Know your rights: Disability discrimination. Know your rights: Disability discrimination Australian Human Rights Commission Download in PDFDownload in Word What is disability discrimination?
Face the facts: Disability Rights. Back to main Face the Facts page Many people will have a disability at some stage in their lives. For some, the disability will be temporary. Social Inclusion and Human Rights in Australia. KPMG Level 15, 10 Shelley Street, Sydney Tuesday 20 August 20137:45am (Check against delivery) Social Inclusion and Human Rights in Australia. Disability and Global Poverty - Caritas Australia. Aboriginal prison rates - Creative Spirits. Youth justice. Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention. Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Australian Capital Territory Policing. Family and domestic violence - Australian Government Department of Human Services. Dignity and Work 2016 - Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. Minimum Wage Australia.