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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Government must address barriers that hurt students with disability: Report

15 Jan 2016

Inadequate support and numerous barriers are impacting levels of access and attainment for students with disability in Australian schools, a Senate Committee report has revealed today.


Minister announces second regular fuel ban in Tennant Creek

06 Jan 2016

The Government has announced plans to mandate low-aromatic fuel in another community, Tennant Creek, to combat the scourge of petrol sniffing in the community.


Greens urge Government to implement Senate report into Out of Home Care

17 Dec 2015

The Greens are urging the Minister for Social Services to read and implement the 39 recommendations of the Senate report on out of home care.


Ad-hoc aged care cuts hurt older Australians

16 Dec 2015

The Coalition's latest cuts to aged care programs are large, ad-hoc cuts, like the earlier Abbott budget cuts to social services. Aged care is a critical sector that will become even more important as Australians age. The Coalition should not be making ad-hoc cuts that will hurt aged care and aged care workers without having a clear plan to provide the support the sector needs.


Most vulnerable still paying for budget repair

15 Dec 2015

It is very disappointing to see that the cruel and unfair budget measures are still on the Government's agenda.  Punitive measures that hurt Australians struggling to find work and those raising families are part of MYEFO. The 2015-2016 MYEFO shows the Federal Government's ongoing commitment to unfair policies that weaken our social safety net and make it harder for job seekers to find employment.


Senate supports inquiry into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairment

02 Dec 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has secured senate support for an inquiry that will investigate the indefinite detention and imprisonment of people with cognitive impairment.

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