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.


Income support crackdown not the answer for alcohol related harm

07 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and alcohol related harm need to be addressed through community driven, holistic approaches, that include addressing their underlying causes, rather than a further crackdown on income support.


Claims of ‘early retirement’ on Newstart are misguided and malicious: Greens

03 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have reacted angrily to the Government's suggestion that people are retiring on Newstart, saying the claim is misguided and malicious.


Greens voice concerns over work for the dole measures

30 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens have deep concerns about the Government’s mooted increase to sanctions, mutual obligations and expanded for the work for the dole scheme, saying the unjustified measures appear likely to affect remote communities first, and then be extended to jobseekers across the country.


Tougher requirements for DPS recipients will put work further out of reach

27 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that a proposed toughening of compliance and participation requirements for Disability Support Pension recipients could have significant adverse consequences for people with disability.


Estimates confirms findings of red tape report, as major Departments refuse charities passport

23 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Senate Estimates had confirmed reports that the majority of red tape faced by Australia's not for profit sector is caused by the Government itself. 


Greens call on Government to commit to anti-poverty strategy

17 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens have marked International Anti-Poverty Day, calling on the Federal Government to prioritise a National Anti-Poverty Strategy, and to abandon cruel cuts to social security and income support.


Senate Inquiry hears more evidence about budget impacts on single parents

16 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that evidence presented to the Senate Inquiry into income inequality shows the disproportionate impact of the Government's budget on the most vulnerable members of the community.


Governments must act as hunger grows in WA

15 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the growing levels of hunger in Western Australian were a stark reminder of the need for State and Federal Governments to work together to address the underlying causes of poverty and inequality.


Government must abandon budget cuts as 1 in 7 Australians face poverty

12 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to abandon their cruel and reckless budget cuts to income support and social security, with new figures showing 2.5 million Australians, that is one in seven people, including one in six children, are living in poverty.


Government should cut the budget spin

09 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government should stop trying to spin it's flawed budget measures and abandon them.

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