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.

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Greens would make ABC iView audio description trials permanent

16 May 2016

The Australian Greens are calling for ABC iView audio description trials to be made permanent, launching a package that would ensure the continued rollout of the important service for people who are blind or vision impaired.

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Greens would make ABC iView audio description trials permanent

16 May 2016

The Australian Greens are calling for ABC iView audio description trials to be made permanent, launching a package that would ensure the continued rollout of the important service for people who are blind or vision impaired.

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We’re with Melinda: Greens support single mum who confronted the Prime Minister about cuts to the Family Tax Benefit

12 May 2016

The Australian Greens have today expressed support for single mum Melinda who confronted the Prime Minister about cuts to the Family Tax Benefit.

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Greens announce funding support for national redress scheme

09 May 2016

The Greens have announced a package that would establish a national redress scheme for survivors of child abuse in institutional settings if elected.

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Watering down work for the dole but no changes in remote communities a huge cause for concern: Greens

05 May 2016

Changing arrangements for work for the dole measures but keeping in place tougher requirements for Aboriginal communities shows discrimination is entrenched in the budget, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Government continues to hurt our most vulnerable to make savings: Greens

04 May 2016

In response to the budget Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert says the Government is once again going after the vulnerable to make savings whilst ignoring growing inequality.

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Government must act on increase to inadequate Newstart in the budget

29 Apr 2016

The Australian Greens have welcomed KPMG's calls to increase Newstart, the rate of payment is totally inadequate and is a barrier to people entering work.

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Government should stop going after most vulnerable in the lead up to the budget: Greens

27 Apr 2016

The Government’s obsession with punishing vulnerable Australian’s continues today with news that income support recipients will be targeted to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which has already been funded.

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Burt community will be nervous about the proposed cashless card: Greens

26 Apr 2016

“It is unsurprising that the person who helped advise the Government on the unfair cashless welfare card would try and promote it in their capacity as liberal candidate for Burt”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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