Family, Ageing, Community and 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.


Australia should not ignore UN Committee, laws should be amended to stop the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairment

29 Sep 2016

Australia and Western Australia should not ignore the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) call for Mr Marlon Noble to have the conditions of his release lifted after serving more than ten years in prison without a charge, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Government must act on committee recommendations to stop abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability: Greens

23 Sep 2016

News of a six year old boy with autism allegedly restrained with a weighted vest, belt and ankle straps whilst at school are of huge concern, and an investigation by the Department of Education is welcome, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Same-old same-old as Government continues punitive approaches to income support

21 Sep 2016

Yesterday Minister Porter described the proposed welfare overhaul as ‘revolutionary’ and then went on to talk about the same old paternalistic approaches that do nothing but further entrench poverty, Greens Senator RacheL Siewert said today.


If the Government wants their ‘revolutionary’ investment approach to work, they need to change their social policy settings: Greens

20 Sep 2016

The Australian Greens have said today that Governments proposed ‘investment approach’ to income support will fail if broader social policy settings do not change and if the overhaul is pursued with intentions to plug up the budget.


Ditching backdating of carers allowance is mean spirited and should be removed from the Omnibus Bill: Greens

15 Sep 2016

Cutting the backdating of payments for people that receive Carers Allowance is a mean-spirited section of the Omnibus Bill that should be abandoned, Greens spokesperson on disabilities Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


National redress scheme for survivors of child sex abuse supported by Senate

14 Sep 2016

The Senate has supported a motion calling on the Government to provide funding of last resort as part of a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse in institutional settings.


Omnicuts short change ARENA and Australia’s most vulnerable

13 Sep 2016

Australian Greens Leader Senator Di Natale, Spokesperson for Community Services Senator Siewert and Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Adam Bandt have spoken about the Omnibus bill outcome.


Labor joins Government to squash ACFI referral

13 Sep 2016

“It is disappointing that Labor has voted with Government to stop cuts to the Aged Care Funding Instrument being referred to the Community Affairs References Committee”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Crossbench unite with the Greens against Government’s cruel cuts

12 Sep 2016

Australian Greens Leader Senator Di Natale and Spokesperson for Community Services Senator Siewert have spoken out against the cruel cuts issued by the Turnbull Government as part of the Omnibus Bill.


Government must not use our most vulnerable to plug up the budget: Greens

05 Sep 2016

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said there is a moral obligation not to use the proposed investment approach to income support to push people off the Carers Allowance.

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