Sunday, 15 May 2022

    New CEO for CSSA

    Former Labor candidate for Goulburn, Parliamentary Secretary and Senator, Dr Ursula Stephens is again back in a leadership role as the new CEO for Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), the Catholic Church’s peak national body for social services in the country, RiotACT reports.

    Dr Stephens spoke with Region media about “filling the large shoes” of retiring CEO Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan who has been a long-time advocate for human rights and social justice in Australia, and the CSSA’s advocacy and research agendas.

    Back in Federal Parliament when it reconvened recently to meet with MPs and Senators about CSSA’s work, Dr Stephens believes there’s a strong role for CSSA to provide evidence-based research to government.

    “CSSA has the biggest footprint of social services across Australia. Our Catholic service organizations operate in 650 locations,” Dr Stephens said.

    “We are able to provide information to the government on how programs and services are working on the ground and use our extensive network to undertake research to help inform government policy.

    “Importantly, our role is to support and advocate for our members who are delivering these services and for a fairer, more inclusive society .”

    “Our aim is to be able to provide governments and agencies with real-time evidence of the social impact of their policies…We have a large membership network of Catholic organizations and a significant capacity to generate stronger collaborative impact for those in need,” she said.


    New Catholic social services CEO plans on working closely with government (The RiotACT)


    Dr Ursula Stephens has stepped into a new leadership role as CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia. Photo: Supplied.