News & Events

21 December 2015

2014-15 Year in Review

After our first year as one “Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand”, we are very pleased to share our progress and stories with you.

16 July 2015

Royal Commision into Family Violence

It was an affirming moment in Good Shepherd history when Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Good Shepherd Microfinance, respectively, were called on to give evidence in the first week of public hearings for the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which began on 13 July 2015. This representation is testament that Good Shepherd is seen as a national leader in assisting women and girls who are in extreme need, vulnerable and marginalised.

5 June 2015

Means testing a no-win situation for economic abuse victims seeking legal aid

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is deeply concerned about the impact a proposed new restriction to free legal help may have on people’s access to critical legal services, and to justice. The proposed change to federal funding agreements will leave community legal centres with means testing as the only criterion for assessing people’s eligibility for free assistance.

14 May 2015

Investment needed for whole communities

Given the extent of our common wealth in a stable, prosperous nation we have the opportunity—and responsibility—to keep people from abject poverty, the margins of society and intergenerational disadvantage. And in every election cycle governments have the power to reframe attitudes toward wealth distribution and care for the vulnerable.

28 April 2015

No interest loans now available for low-income families

Bank of New Zealand, Good Shepherd New Zealand, Ministry of Social Development and The Salvation Army have launched the second stage of their successful Community Finance initiative–the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS).

27 April 2015

New report calls for responses to economic abuse

Recent coverage of the extent and severity of family violence in Australia has brought to light shocking statistics of the terror and abuse so many adults and children experience within the home. One form of abuse, economic abuse, is often coupled with other forms of control and violent behaviours, yet is only marginally known or understood.