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.


Greens to move for Senate Inquiry into budget inequality

12 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into Inequality in Australia, as the Government faces growing criticism about the impacts of the budget.


Greens launch new community campaign against Tony Abbott’s budget

10 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott's cruel budget was fuelling a strong backlash in WA, with a new grass-roots campaign to harness this energy as budget measures are debated in Parliament.


Estimates exposes flaws in welfare changes

06 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Senate Estimates has exposed the cruelty and flaws in new welfare changes.


Government plans for emergency relief spike due to cruel welfare changes

05 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government is fully aware of how severe their cruel welfare changes are for young people and are planning for a spike in demand for emergency relief.


DSS updates Senate Estimates on grants process

04 Jun 2014

The Department of Social Services has provided Senate Estimates with an update on their ongoing grant communications activities, as of 4 June 2014 and their list of programs that have been extended.


Tough penalties set to drive more job seekers into poverty

04 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's Stronger Penalties for Serious Failures Bill goes beyond punishing those who fail to meet their obligations, imposing draconian provisions that will see people denied income support for months at a time, without exception.


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.

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