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.


Morrison should abandon failing welfare to work programs

02 Jan 2015

The Australian Greens said today that new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison cannot ignore new evidence that points to the failure of the ‘welfare to work' approach undertaken by Australia's last four Prime Ministers.


Morrison blackmails Parliament over the NDIS

24 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that linking the NDIS to cruel budget cuts is a poor start for the new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, and that the multi-party support for the NDIS should not be undermined.


Greens announce Senate Inquiry into DSS funding grants as organisations lose vital support

23 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into the DSS grants process when Parliament resumes in February, as community organisations nation-wide receive notice from the Federal Government that they have been defunded, their funding hasn't been renewed or their applications haven't been successful.


Funding cuts a cruel Christmas gift to the community sector

22 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that we are seeing further evidence of Abbott's desire to dismantle our social services sector, with a number of peak bodies, particularly outspoken, advocacy bodies learning that they have been defunded as part of the $240 million budget cuts to social services. 


Morrison set to lead renewed attack on our social safety net

21 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said the appointment of Scott Morrison as Social Services Minister shows the Government's clear intent to pursue hard-line policies which will weaken our nation's social safety net.


Government must reject healthy welfare card after damning income management evaluation

18 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government has no choice other than to abandon plans for a healthy welfare card, with a key income management evaluation showing the scheme has been a comprehensive and expensive failure.


MYEFO further weakens our social safety net

15 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that MYEFO shows the Federal Government's ongoing commitment to flawed, unfair policies that weaken our social safety net.


Greens call on Government to take new funding approach

12 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to move away from wasteful policies like income management and the chaotic Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding process and focus on building new, cooperative agreements with communities.


DSP assessment crackdown another Government witch-hunt

12 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that forcing new applicants for the disability support pension to be assessed by Commonwealth-appointed doctors was aimed at demonising and making life tough for people with disability.


Australian Greens pay tribute to Stella Young

08 Dec 2014

Stella Young was a wonderful Australian. She was an outstanding writer, comedian, activist and came to prominence as a passionate disability advocate.

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