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.


Rachel talks on the Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2015

03 Mar 2015

I rise tonight to speak about the Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2015. This bill is just another item on the government's deregulation agenda.


The answers already exist, scrap six month wait for welfare assistance

02 Mar 2015

The Australian Greens said today the Social Services Minister, Mr Morrison, should immediately drop his controversial plan that will force young, unemployed Australians to wait six months for income support, saying they were too focused on punishing people rather than helping them to seriously consider alternatives


Government must act quickly to increase welfare payments

25 Feb 2015

Elements of The McClure Welfare Review will be causing concern for some of our most vulnerable, including young Australians and people with disability, said Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson for social services.


Four Corners exposes failing employment service allegedly riddled with fraud and corruption

24 Feb 2015

An explosive episode of Four Corners showing systemic exploitation in the Government’s jobseeker support services must act as a trigger for further reform of the system, said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for family and community services.


Inquiry into young people living in residential aged care begins in Perth

17 Feb 2015

Today a national senate inquiry investigating young people with disability living in residential aged care has its first public hearing in Perth. The chair of the committee Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the examination, saying it is timely as the NDIS rolls out in the various trial sites, especially in Western Australia.


MEDIA ALERT: Senate inquiry on Out of Home Care kick-starts in Perth

16 Feb 2015

An inquiry initiated by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert into children living in Out of Home Care has kick started today in Perth.


Senate supports inquiry into shambolic grants process of the Department of Social Services

12 Feb 2015

The Senate has supported an inquiry into the grants process of the Department of Social Services (DSS) that is leaving essential services across the sector without funding.


National inquiry into disability abuse passes in the senate

11 Feb 2015

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed senate support for a national inquiry into disability abuse in institutional and residential settings in Australia


Senate to vote on Disability Abuse Inquiry – Press conference

11 Feb 2015

Today the Senate will vote on an inquiry into the violence and abuse perpetrated against people with disability in institutional and residential settings in Australia


Community Forums with Rachel & Scott

10 Feb 2015

Creating Freedom Australia are hosting a number of community discussion on ideas and actions to create a better world for us and our future generations.

Syndicate content