The Government is delivering the 2020-21 Budget amid the greatest economic and health crisis in our nation’s history.
- Unemployment is currently forecast to rise to 10 per cent by December and hundreds of thousands of Australians are facing their first Christmas without a job.
- Millions of Australians, particularly young people, need access to comprehensive education, training and job placement support to overcome their risk of long-term unemployment.
- Australia’s charities and foundations are playing a vital role supporting the nation, but reforms are needed to position the sector for the long road ahead.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Paul Ramsay Foundation has worked to support its portfolio of approximately 80 charity and foundation partners to provide urgent support to Australians. Our partners include small and large not-for-profits and social enterprises working across the employment, education, health, early childhood development and criminal justice systems. We have also been looking forward, conducting consultations on the steps needed to help the growing number of Australians at risk of getting caught in cycles of disadvantage over the next decade.
It is our view that although the challenges faced are immense, there are a number of policies which would assist all Australians to find the path to recovery. Australia’s charity sector is well placed to work with government, the private sector, communities and individuals to rebuild our economy as the pandemic recedes.
Download the Paul Ramsay Foundation Pre-Budget Submission here.