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.


Estimates highlights the punitive nature of work programs for young people

03 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said that today's Senate Estimates hearings have highlighted the punitive nature of the Government's new employment measures for jobseekers aged under 30.


Government continues campaign against income support

31 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today it was clear the Government is working on a long term plan to reduce access to important income support payments, a move that would affect millions of Australians.


Disability discrimination set to rise as a result of budget cuts

29 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the ability of people with disability to ensure their rights are protected would be reduced by the downgrading of the role Disability Discrimination Commissioner.


PES cuts show Government’s double standards on ‘earn or learn’

29 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's commitment to ensuring people ‘earn or learn' is nothing more than a charade, given their cuts to the Pensioner Education Supplement.


WA #BustTheBudget Briefing

09 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
Mon, 2014-06-09 18:00

Join Senator Rachel Siewert and Senator Scott Ludlam on 9 June in Perth, where they'll talk about the budget in more detail and what we can do in WA to stand up to Abbott and his agenda.


Government spin can’t hide welfare cruelty

28 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that 18 areas of the country experiencing high youth unemployment would be the first to be affected by the Government's harsh new regimes for young jobseekers, which will see young people dropped off income support for 6 months at a time.


Greens hold deep concerns over budget impact on older Australians

27 May 2014

The Australian Greens are deeply concerned about the impacts of budget cuts and measures on older Australians.


No light at the end of the tunnel as a result of the Federal Budget

27 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that there is no ‘light at the end of the tunnel' for the hundreds of thousands of young people, single parents, people with disabilities and pensioners as a result of the Federal Budget.


Government fails to understand employment challenges

24 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today comments made by Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews that young people should just get a job show the flawed basis on which the government's budget has been based.


Scrapping ACNC will lead to a future of uncertainty

23 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today getting rid of the ACNC will leave the not-for-profit and charity sector in a mess and facing a future of uncertainty.

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