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.


Your Newstart Stories

16 May 2012

As part of our Newstart campaign, we asked for your stories and we're really grateful for the responses we've had.


Senate backs inquiry into children in out of home care

17 Jul 2014

The Senate has today supported an Australian Greens motion for an inquiry into children living in Out of Home Care.


Barnett’s ‘grumpy’ claim disrespects WA pensioners

09 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have rejected Colin Barnett's characterisation of ‘grumpy' WA pensioners, saying people across the state are genuinely concerned about the cumulative effects of cuts to concessions and entitlements and the cruel Federal Budget.


Unfair budget increases health care costs for pensioners

07 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that research continues to show how tough and unfair the Federal Budget is for people on low incomes, including pensioners.


Greens to ‘Bust the Budget’ in the new Senate

06 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today they would return to Canberra this week with the goal of busting the Federal Government's cruel budget, as rallies against harsh cuts to social security are held across the country.


Funding cuts to Human Rights Commission an irresponsible step

02 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's decision to axe funding from the Australian Human Rights Commission is an irresponsible step that will put more pressure on work for people with disabilities and older Australians, as the Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan takes on the responsibilities Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner.


Expansion of income management would dump more pressure on younger Australians

02 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that an expansion of income management would compound the tough social security measures already set to impact young jobseekers.


Government continues efforts demonise DSP recipients

01 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Minister for Social Service is again trying to demonise people with disability by implying they simply opt to apply for the disability support payment because of the higher level of income support it provides.


Government must address payment gap to end inequality

30 Jun 2014

The Australia Greens said today the first thing the Government needs to do in social security reform is increase Newstart and Youth Allowance.


Welfare Review continues ideological campaign against social security

29 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Government is likely to use the McClure Welfare Review to continue their ideological campaign against income support and social security using the excuse of simplification to justify cuts.

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