SA-BEST’s priorities include:
- a reduction in the cost of living for families, with a particular focus on affordable housing;
- support flexible workplaces for a greater work/life balance;
- support legislation aimed at addressing domestic & family violence;
- implement measures to minimise the harms of gambling on families;
- address the scourge of domestic and family violence in our communities, and;
- create healthier environments for children and families.
We recognise there is no template for what constitutes a modern family.
As families struggle to keep up with the cost of living, including rising food, housing, utility, health and transport costs, SA-BEST is committed to introducing and supporting measures aimed at tackling rising costs.
We are particularly concerned about the impact the rising cost of living is having on vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians, many of whom who are struggling to cover the bare essentials.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the emotional and mental wellbeing of all ages has introduced a new set of complexities for families including household income uncertainty and home-schooling.
The goal is not to return everything to the way it was.
While the economy needs to be kickstarted, there have been some positives for families.
The shift to working from home options and more flexible workplaces has had some positive benefits for many families.
The ability to work remotely has given families more flexibility. The digital age has contributed to many efficiencies but has also added a new level of complexity for families.
SA-BEST was pivotal in the introduction of “Carly’s Law” making it an offence for a person over 18 to intentionally misrepresent their age in online communications with minors for the purposes of encouraging a physical meeting or with the intention of committing an offence.
We will continue to make it a priority to protect the safety of children in the digital space.
We must protect those who cannot protect themselves.
SA-BEST supports initiatives aimed at keeping families, and in particular children, physically active. We fully support government financial assistance and incentives to encourage the participation of children and young people in sport.
We hold grave concerns about the continuous bombardment of junk food advertising on children and young people and support bans on advertising on all publicly owned assets.
SA-BEST’s family violence priorities
- advocate for the bolstering of services for victims of domestic and family violence through increased funding;
- advocate for increase in the number of crisis accommodation beds and services (including Catherine House);
- fully implement the GPS monitoring system for domestic and family violence perpetrators with data recorded to be used as evidence in prosecution;
- advocate for an increase in the number of places in crisis accommodation services for women and children fleeing violence;
- support a legislated minimum floor price of alcohol to reduce alcohol-related violence, and;
- support appropriately drafted coercive control legislation.
On average, one woman a week is killed by a current or intimate partner in Australia.
It is the biggest driver of homelessness for women and a common factor in child protection notifications.
Of the 278,300 clients accessing Specialist Housing Support in Australia in 2020/2021, more than 116,000 were doing so because of domestic and family violence.
Every two minutes, police are called to a domestic or family violence incident. Even then, it is severely under-reported, especially amongst women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
SA-BEST is committed to supporting programs and advocacy groups aimed at reversing the trend, including perpetrator rehabilitation programs.
In 2020/2021, more than 2200 breach charges were proven. Many more instances do not proceed to this point for a number of reasons.
SA-BEST is committed to holding perpetrators to account by advocating for the permanent implementation of GPS monitoring system of people who are the subject of Intervention Orders.
Too often victims report breaches of intervention orders to police after seeing offenders near their homes, places of work or near school, however, without collaborating evidence breaches are often not followed through.