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.


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.


Greens call on Government to abandon debate on budget cuts

30 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government should abandon their budget measures, saying the evidence is overwhelming that they are cruel and impact adversely on human rights.


Forrest Review doesn't justify income management expansion

23 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that it is deeply concerning that the Government is basically using the Forrest Review as evidence to support the introduction of the so-called cashless welfare card.


Greens' motion on Dementia Awareness Month passes the Senate

23 Sep 2014

The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion recognising Dementia Awareness Month and the efforts of fundraiser Libby Day.


Government needs to increase Newstart and abandon budget cuts

20 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that new evidence on the dire inadequacy of allowance payments, including Newstart, shows the urgent need for the Government to increase levels of income support and move away from irresponsible changes to payment indexation.


Senate Inquiry begins scrutiny of Australia's growing inequality

18 Sep 2014

The Senate Inquiry into the extent of income inequality in Australia begins public hearings in Melbourne today. 


Cashless welfare card another sign of the Government’s policy recklessness

16 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that plans for a cashless welfare card are essentially a pumped up BasicsCard, continuing and expanding income management.


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.


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.


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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