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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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.

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New report on children in care highlights importance of Senate Inquiry

25 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that new figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, showing that more than 50,000 children were in care during 2012-13, highlights the importance of the Senate Inquiry into Out of Home Care.

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Greens call for cross-party support on Bill to reverse cuts to single parents

25 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have called on MPs across the Federal Parliament to reject the Government's cruel budget regime and to support legislation to help single parents and their families.

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Hockey’s budget doesn’t help older jobseekers

24 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government must take stronger action on age discrimination and helping older job seekers into work, rather than making further cuts to income support and assistance.

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Senate backs inquiry into children in out of home care

17 Jul 2014

The Senate has today supported an Australian Greens motion for an inquiry into children living in Out of Home Care.

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Barnett’s ‘grumpy’ claim disrespects WA pensioners

09 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have rejected Colin Barnett's characterisation of ‘grumpy' WA pensioners, saying people across the state are genuinely concerned about the cumulative effects of cuts to concessions and entitlements and the cruel Federal Budget.

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Unfair budget increases health care costs for pensioners

07 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that research continues to show how tough and unfair the Federal Budget is for people on low incomes, including pensioners.

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Greens to ‘Bust the Budget’ in the new Senate

06 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today they would return to Canberra this week with the goal of busting the Federal Government's cruel budget, as rallies against harsh cuts to social security are held across the country.

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Funding cuts to Human Rights Commission an irresponsible step

02 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's decision to axe funding from the Australian Human Rights Commission is an irresponsible step that will put more pressure on work for people with disabilities and older Australians, as the Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan takes on the responsibilities Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

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Expansion of income management would dump more pressure on younger Australians

02 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that an expansion of income management would compound the tough social security measures already set to impact young jobseekers.

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