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.


Australian Greens will not support cuts to family payments and urge the Government to focus on the big end of town

26 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens said today they are disappointed that the amended bill cutting family tax benefit payments has passed the House of Representatives.


Senate committee into violence and abuse of people with disability calls for Royal Commission

25 Nov 2015

After harrowing evidence provided to the Senate inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings, the Community Affairs References Committee has tabled a report with urgent recommendations that include a Royal Commission investigation into the issue.


Senate calls on the Treasurer to abandon suggestions that income support cuts are needed to pay for the NDIS

25 Nov 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed senate support for her motion calling on the Government to deliver the NDIS but not at the expense of people on income support.


Greens oppose Bill that seeks to punish job seekers and call on the Government to fix Centrelink administration

24 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens have tabled a dissenting report calling on the Parliament to not pass a Bill that aims to further ‘streamline’ the job seeker compliance framework – one measure means a report from an employment service provider could see income support payments stopped if the recipient is deemed to have acted inappropriately.


Minister Redman should apologise after threatening funding to communities that oppose cashless welfare card

20 Nov 2015

“It is outrageous and offensive that Minister Terry Redman has told both media and the Shire of Halls Creek that refusal to take part in cashless welfare card trials will result in a loss of future funding”, said Australian Greens spokesperson on community services, Senator Rachel Siewert.


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.


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.


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.


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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