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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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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Government plans to roll out non-sniffable fuel in Katherine; Gulf region and East Kimberley

12 Feb 2016

The Government has announced plans to mandate non-sniffable fuel in Katherine to combat the scourge of petrol sniffing in the community.

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Calls to Centrelink more likely to reach a block signal or customers give up before reaching a service operator

12 Feb 2016

"15.7 million calls to Centrelink were blocked and abandoned during the last six months of last year whilst just 10.6 million got through to a service operator, it has been revealed in Senate estimates. 

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Estimates reveals cashless welfare card still has huge loopholes and remains a waste of time and resources

12 Feb 2016

Estimates has revealed the cashless welfare card trial set for South Australia and the East Kimberley still has logistical issues and loopholes that need to be addressed, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Senate rebukes broken Centrelink with motion support

03 Feb 2016

The Senate has today rebuked the Government and supported a Greens initiated motion, calling on them to address mounting frustrations over accessing Centrelink with long phone wait times, unanswered calls and a clunky MyGov website.

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Centrelink concerns read into the Senate after hundreds of complaints

03 Feb 2016

Awful Centrelink accounts have been read into the Senate after 88 pages of complaints were posted to Senator Rachel Siewert’s Facebook page late last week.

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Auditor General report into DSP eligibility must be taken seriously: Greens

02 Feb 2016

 A report by the Auditor General that raises concerns about sharpening the eligibility for the Disability Support Pension (DSP) should be taken seriously by the Government, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Ceduna residents planning to leave town to avoid cashless welfare card trial will still be stuck on it: Senator Siewert

29 Jan 2016

Ceduna residents planning to leave town to avoid the cashless welfare card trial may not be aware that they cannot opt out once the trial has begun, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Tightening DSP eligibility will make things harder for people with disability who need our support

29 Jan 2016

The Government’s plans to reduce the number of people over 35 on the Disability Support Pension after targeting young people shows a full scale attack on people accessing support, Senator Siewert said today.

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Greens to move disallowance motion for Ceduna cashless welfare card trial

28 Jan 2016

With the Government’s clear ideological intention to expand the cashless welfare card trials throughout regional Australia, Senator Rachel Siewert has announced plans to move to disallow the Ceduna trial when Parliament resumes next week.

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