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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Government backing away from plans to scrap the ACNC welcome: Greens

09 Sep 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Scott Morrison’s announcement that the Government will most likely drop plans to scrap the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

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Parliamentary Human Rights Committee releases damning comments on healthy welfare card

09 Sep 2015

A damning report tabled by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights has drawn into focus the Government’s flawed healthy welfare card approach and its potential impingement on a basic right to a private life whilst highlighting some of the problems with the approach.

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert comments on today’s Transition to Work announcement

08 Sep 2015

“The Transition to Work Program aimed at reducing youth unemployment is a step in the right direction but the Federal Government should stop attacking young people with other harsh measures.

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Faulty computer systems stopping people gaining employment must be resolved immediately: Senator Siewert

02 Sep 2015

Australian Green Senator Rachel Siewert has written to the Minister for Human Services following complaints about DHS's faulty computer system preventing people with disability accessing employment services in order to gain employment.

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Greens: We must break ‘poverty premium’ debt cycle

20 Aug 2015

The Australian Greens will support a Private Members Bill that will halt predatory loan repayments being paid by Centrepay, however Senator Rachel Siewert said that ‘this is only a small part of what needs to be done to address debt and poverty of low income Australians, particularly those on income support payments’.

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Focus on adoption disappointing: Siewert

20 Aug 2015

 

Australian Greens Senator and chair of Community Affairs References Committee Senator Rachel Siewert said today that it was ‘very disappointing the release of the Out of Home Care Report was overshadowed by a focus on adoption rather than the 39 recommendations that aim to fix the system as a whole’.

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Out of home care report tabled in the Senate

19 Aug 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has tabled the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report on the inquiry into children in Out of Home Care in Australia. The report makes 39 recommendations to improve the Out of Home Care system in Australia.

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Greens: Labor must be true opposition and reject healthy welfare card

19 Aug 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today said the Australian Greens will oppose the legislation introducing a healthy welfare card and called on the ALP to do the same.

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Senate calls for audio description services across public broadcasters for vision impaired

17 Aug 2015

 Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Senate support for the implementation of audio description services on free-to-air and subscription television programs by the ABC and all other networks.

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