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.

media-releases

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert comments on the rollout of revised work for the dole

02 Jul 2015

"I'm very concerned that the Government is going ahead now with the roll out of this their work for the dole program in remote communities, I think they are making a big mistake in pressing forward with the program when it is clear it isn't ready.

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Greens: ABS survey shows we must be vigilant when ensuring the best outcomes for people with disability

29 Jun 2015

A survey released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that reveals worrying trends for people with disability accessing health care is a huge cause for concern and must prompt close scrutiny of the barriers as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out nationwide, says Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Senate report into young people in aged care urges action to urgently provide support

24 Jun 2015

The Community Affairs Committee inquiry has today tabled its report and recommendations on its inquiry into young people with disability living in residential aged care.

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Australian Greens welcomes passing of measure that ensures a decent retirement for all

22 Jun 2015

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said today ‘the passing of the pensions assets test bill today is a start in reforming our retirement system to ensure that Australians have a decent retirement. This process has secured a broader retirement income review whilst making the pension system fairer for those that need it most’.

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PensionFacts

22 Jun 2015

Over the last week, we’ve been listening to feedback from the community - and it’s clear that there’s a lot of misinformation around about the Greens’ agreement on retirement income. So we've prepared some resources to set the record straight.

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#GetTheFacts

22 Jun 2015

Over the last week, we’ve been listening to feedback from the community - and it’s clear that there’s a lot of misinformation around about the Greens’ agreement on retirement income. So we've prepared some resources to set the record straight.

media-releases

Senator Rachel Siewert comments on ACOSS inequality report

22 Jun 2015

"The ACOSS report on inequality today again shows the problems that we have in our financial and taxation systems in Australia.

media-releases

Greens to reverse Howard-era pension mistake, secure superannuation tax review

16 Jun 2015

Pension payments will be redirected to those who most need income support, after the Australian Greens reached an agreement with the government for a broader review of retirement incomes.

blog

A better outcome for pensioners

16 Jun 2015

Tonight we have reached an agreement with the government to reverse an unfair Howard-era decision on pensions, and secured a much needed review into retirement incomes.

Our agreement means that pension payments will be more targeted to those who need the most support.

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