Family, Ageing, Community and 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 join peak welfare bodies in opposing energy supplement cut

22 Aug 2016

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed a joint letter from peak welfare organisations opposing the Government’s cut to the energy supplement.


Greens welcome ACTU commitment to mobilise against CDP

16 Aug 2016

The ACTU’s commitment today to mobilise against the Government’s discriminatory Community Development Program has been welcomed by the Australian Greens.


ACTU moving towards a work for the dole challenge welcomed by the Greens

15 Aug 2016

The Australian Greens welcome the ACTU taking steps to challenge the discriminatory work for the dole scheme in remote Australia, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Greens support UN calls for an end to prolonged mistreatment in Don Dale

04 Aug 2016

The Greens support calls from the United Nations that the Federal Government must ‘immediately halt the use of excessive force and prolonged mistreatment’ of children at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.


People with cognitive impairment restrained whilst in detention should be investigated by a restarted senate inquiry: Greens

03 Aug 2016

Newly elected Senator Rachel Siewert will move to restart the inquiry into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairment saying that the news a restraint chair was used on an Aboriginal man with cognitive impairment makes it even more essential that the inquiry be restarted.


Radical overhaul of income support towards actuarial approach must be done properly: Greens

25 Jul 2016

The Australian Greens said today the Government's new approach to targeting support to people on income support could be very positive but it must be done properly; with long term investment in individuals and strong consultation with the sector.


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.

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