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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Only 2% of Work for the Dole participants moved to employment show compulsory measure should be dropped

17 Nov 2015

A dismal 2% increase in employment under the Government’s Work for the Dole scheme show the measure has largely failed in its objectives and isn't the magic answer to getting people into employment, said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Questions remain for cashless welfare card as East Kimberley trial announced

16 Nov 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said today it is extremely disappointing that the Government has pressed on with the cashless welfare card in the East Kimberley despite significant resistance from local communities that include the Shire and Aboriginal Advisory Council of Halls Creek.

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Greens welcome support for two year review of Social Services Bill, call for youth allowance increase

13 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens have supported the Social Services Bill that will ensure more generous means testing for youth payments, with the aim of supporting more remote and rural young people to be able to access higher education.

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Initiative to improve accessibility on the digital landscape launches

12 Nov 2015

An initiative is being launched in Canberra today to reduce barriers that people with disability, socially disadvantaged and older persons face in using touch screen devices, mobile apps, ATMs, online services and other digital technology that has not been developed with accessibility and inclusion in mind.

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Government and Labor must abandon watered down cuts to FTB B that will hurt low income families

11 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens will not support the Government’s cuts to Family Tax Benefit payments that will hurt single parents, grandparents carers and low income coupled families. The Government's package of cuts targets some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

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Agency should keep an eye on cost increase but should also move to fix gaps in the NDIS

06 Nov 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today the agency overseeing the rollout of the NDIS is right to keep a close eye on cost but should also focus on other aspects of the NDIS that could be improved moving forward.

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Financial institution announced for cashless welfare card a cause for concern

22 Oct 2015

The Government has finally announced its financial provider for the cashless welfare card during estimates questioning raising further concerns for the Australian Greens about the measure.

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Family tax benefit cuts - we shouldn’t be hurting single parents for savings

21 Oct 2015

"The adjusted proposal for cuts to the Family Tax Benefit Part B is another example of the Government pursuing watered down measures that still disproportionately target our most vulnerable”, said Australian Greens spokesperson on families, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Australian Greens comment on mooted changes to Family Tax Benefit Part B

20 Oct 2015

“The mooted adjusted proposal for cuts to the Family Tax Benefit Part B are another example of the Government pursuing watered down measures that still disproportionately target our most vulnerable”, said Australian Greens spokesperson on families, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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