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.


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.


Greens: Deaf and hearing impaired community to be impacted by Broadcasting Bill

09 Feb 2015

The Australian Greens have tabled a dissenting report on the Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014 which highlights the detrimental effect the proposed changes will have on deaf and hearing impaired consumers of free-to-air and subscription TV services.


Greens: We must protect provisions around overseas adoption

09 Feb 2015

Amendments put forward by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert to protect overseas adoption processes weren’t supported in the Senate today.


Greens demand immediate action to address unemployment rise for people with disability

06 Feb 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson on Disability Senator Rachel Siewert has labelled a decline in work force participation for people with disability over 20 years as ‘a sign that our government is not doing nearly enough to create equity in the workplace for people with disability’.


Morrison should abandon failing welfare to work programs

02 Jan 2015

The Australian Greens said today that new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison cannot ignore new evidence that points to the failure of the ‘welfare to work' approach undertaken by Australia's last four Prime Ministers.


Morrison blackmails Parliament over the NDIS

24 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that linking the NDIS to cruel budget cuts is a poor start for the new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, and that the multi-party support for the NDIS should not be undermined.


Greens announce Senate Inquiry into DSS funding grants as organisations lose vital support

23 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into the DSS grants process when Parliament resumes in February, as community organisations nation-wide receive notice from the Federal Government that they have been defunded, their funding hasn't been renewed or their applications haven't been successful.


Funding cuts a cruel Christmas gift to the community sector

22 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that we are seeing further evidence of Abbott's desire to dismantle our social services sector, with a number of peak bodies, particularly outspoken, advocacy bodies learning that they have been defunded as part of the $240 million budget cuts to social services. 


Morrison set to lead renewed attack on our social safety net

21 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said the appointment of Scott Morrison as Social Services Minister shows the Government's clear intent to pursue hard-line policies which will weaken our nation's social safety net.


Government must reject healthy welfare card after damning income management evaluation

18 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government has no choice other than to abandon plans for a healthy welfare card, with a key income management evaluation showing the scheme has been a comprehensive and expensive failure.

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