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: Findings on the NDIS rollout by Citizens Jury must be considered moving forward

19 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the launch of the Citizen’s Jury Scorecard which assessed the rollouts of the NDIS trials across the country from the perspective of people with disability accessing the service.


Greens secure Senate support calling on Government to dump measure forcing people under 25 off income support for a month

14 May 2015

The Senate has supported Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert's motion calling for the Government to dump it’s harsh measure that forces people under 25 off income support for a month.


Interim report into the Department of Social Services tendering process tabled

14 May 2015

The Community Affairs Committee inquiry has tabled an interim report with recommendations addressing the contentious tendering process for social services by the DSS.


No vision for Australia as Government picks low hanging fruit with dull Federal Budget

13 May 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson on community services Senator Rachel Siewert said that the ‘dull’ budget flops at revenue raising measures whilst continuing to vilify Australians struggling to find work.


Greens: Pensions are moving in the right direction but we must conduct a broader retirement income review

07 May 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson for Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said today the Government’s decision to abandon changes in indexation to pensions is a huge win for all disability pensioners and single parents as well as age pensioners.


Greens: Government must commit to broader retirement income review

05 May 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson for Ageing, Senator Rachel Siewert, said today that the Greens will be carefully reviewing the Government’s new proposals to changes to the pension and that Government needs to commit to a retirement income review as part of their approach.


Government must stop attacking vulnerable Australians: Over one million in poverty despite economic growth

21 Apr 2015

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to abandon harsh welfare measures after the latest report shows more than a million Australians are living in poverty despite two decades of economic growth


Evidence of disability abuse must not be ignored

14 Apr 2015

After harrowing evidence of disability abuse in institutional and residential settings revealed in Perth on Friday, Australian Greens spokesperson for disabilities and Committee Chair Senator Rachel Siewert said Minister Morton’s defence of the WA’s system for protecting people with disability is ‘conflicting with utterly distressing evidence delivered just last week’.


Inquiry into disability abuse kicks starts today in Perth

10 Apr 2015

A much anticipated national inquiry into abuse of people with disability in institutional and residential settings in Australia will kick-off today in Perth. Greens spokesperson on Disability and Committee Chair, Senator Rachel Siewert, initiated the inquiry and said people with disability and disability groups will be relieved that the inquiry is now underway.


Back off, Bill: There is no “deal” on pensions

09 Apr 2015

Accusations that the Greens want to cut the pension are plainly false, said Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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