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.


Greens re-affirm opposition to Coalition cuts to family payments system

01 Jul 2016

The Australian Greens today re-affirmed their continued opposition to major Coalition cuts to FTB, including cuts to families supported by the ALP.


Centrelink can’t answer the phone while Coalition talks automating & streamlining: Greens

28 Jun 2016

A crackdown on welfare compliance is a disingenuous rehash of previous announcements when the Government should focus on repairing the broken Centrelink system, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Greens announce plans to reverse income management

24 Jun 2016

The Australia Greens have announced a policy initiative to stop compulsory income management, which has repeatedly failed to reduce disadvantage in the Northern Territory.


DSP applicant claims plummeting a cause for concern: Greens

24 Jun 2016

News that the vast majority of DSP applicants are being rejected since the Government changed eligibility rules and assessment process is not a cause for celebration and should be urgently addressed, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Greens commit to Royal Commission into abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability and call on ALP and Coalition to do the same

23 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens have today committed $400m over four years to fund a Royal Commission into abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings.


Greens announce support for older Australians

21 Jun 2016

 The Greens have today launched a package that supports older Australians; ensuring they have a quality aged care system, support in finding and maintain employment for mature workers, and additional funding for palliative care and dementia.


Greens will reverse cuts to aged care sector

17 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens have announced they will oppose the $1.6billion cuts to the aged care sector made by the Government in the 2015-16 MYEFO and the most recent Federal Budget.


Greens to invest in giving Australians access to justice

15 Jun 2016

The Greens have announced a comprehensive access to justice plan to restore the Liberal Government’s cuts and invest $716 million in community legal services and legal aid.


Malcolm, leave our carers alone

13 Jun 2016

Eyeing off the carers payment as a way to plug up the budget is another short-sighted and unfair attack on vulnerable Australians by the Coalition, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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