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 lodge disallowance motion to stop East Kimberley cashless welfare card trial

19 Apr 2016

With the cashless welfare card running in South Australia and making life more difficult for residents in Ceduna, Senator Rachel Siewert has moved to halt the card going ahead in the East Kimberley, Western Australia.


Cashless welfare card forced on community that has no rehabilitation centre shows Government’s true colours

05 Apr 2016

It is unbelievable that a rehabilitation centre is seven hours away from a community forced onto the cashless welfare card which is supposed to be aimed at reducing drug and alcohol abuse, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Greens write to PM about cashless welfare card concerns

15 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens have penned a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the cashless welfare card trial, which launched today in Ceduna.


Greens support national day of action against cashless welfare card

12 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens support rallies in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as part of a national weekend of action against the Cashless Welfare Card.


NDIS too important to undermine: Greens

09 Mar 2016

Recent speculation about aspects of the NDIS are understandably making people nervous about the future of the scheme, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Minister, docking welfare payments from fine defaulters isn't the way to go

03 Mar 2016

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert reacts to news in the West Australian newspaper today that the Government is considering docking income support payments for fine defaulters.


Senate supports Greens motion calling on Government to combat child poverty

29 Feb 2016

The Senate has supported a Greens motion calling on the Government to combat child poverty and adopt a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy.


Senate condemns WA anti-protest laws

24 Feb 2016

A Greens motion calling on the WA Government to abandon its anti-protest laws that have been condemned by United Nations has been supported by the Senate in Canberra today.


Government and ALP join to keep cashless welfare card trials alive

23 Feb 2016

A Greens disallowance motion that would block the trial of the cashless welfare card trial in Ceduna has been opposed by the Coalition and the ALP.


Reduce poverty by dumping Work for the Dole and increasing Newstart: Greens

16 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens have reaffirmed their calls to increase Newstart and scrap Work for the Dole following the release of the ACOSS and Welfare Rights submissions to the Federal Government where they again raise these issues.  

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