Family, Ageing, Community & Disability Services

We are committed to delivering a guaranteed adequate income to all Australians, so as to assure people have appropriate support. Accessible social services, community resources and income support are essential for ensuring everybody has access to quality health care, housing, employment, education and training. The Greens are committed to increasing Newstart Allowance and raising all income support payments to better reflect the cost of living.

The community and not-for-profit sector plays an important role in our society and Government needs to commit funding and support accordingly.

People who experience disability, and their families and carers deserve access to life-long support and services that meet their individual circumstances. They should have the opportunity to actively participate in planning and delivery of policies, services and supports in areas such as education, health, housing, mobility, employment and social engagement. The Greens are actively working to ensure all Australians have independence, self-determination and choice in their lives.

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Your Newstart Stories

16 May 2012

As part of our Newstart campaign, we asked for your stories and we're really grateful for the responses we've had.

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Greens table dissenting report as the Government ignores evidence about the budget’s flaws

12 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens today tabled a dissenting report to the Senate Inquiry into the Government's budget cuts to income support and social security, saying that the Majority Committee Report conclusion does not reflect the evidence the committee received.

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Government comments betray their lack of understanding over budget impacts

09 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's public attack on the nation's peak community service body shows a blatant lack of understanding of the impacts of their cruel budget.

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Growing numbers of long term unemployed points to need for urgent Government re-think

05 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that a significant increase in the number of long term Newstart Allowance recipients must lead to a dramatic re-think of the Government’s attitude to jobseekers and income support. 

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Abbott Government causing deep concern across the NFP sector

04 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Abbott Government's cruel budget, the defunding of social services and ongoing uncertainty about the future of the ACNC are key factors behind a significant drop in the Not for Profit Sector Perceived Performance Index over the last twelve months.

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Government remains committed to punishing young people, despite their efforts to compromise

02 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's attempt at a compromise on cruel budget measures affecting young job seekers is policy on the run that still will deny people access to essential income support for months at a time.

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New report provides more evidence against the Government's cruel approach to jobseekers

01 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that there is yet more evidence on how the Government's unjustifiable Earn or Learn regime will punish young Australians facing significant levels of underemployment.

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Greens reject truancy expansion and the targeting of family payments

29 Aug 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government's move to continue and expand truancy programs that deny parents access to income support and family payments is another example of the recklessness of their policy approach.

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Senate backs Greens motion on Hearing Awareness Week

28 Aug 2014

The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion recognising Hearing Awareness Week and has called on the Federal Government to make Aboriginal ear disease a national priority.

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Government recklessly purses tough budget measures

28 Aug 2014

The Australian Greens said today that while the Government considers negotiations on family payment reforms, they are recklessly pursuing tough budget measures that target young jobseekers, despite the evidence of the harm they will cause and growing community opposition to the approach.

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