Media Releases by Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Record Support for People with Disabilities

Changes in this Budget will see significantly more support and greater opportunities for people with disabilities to help them participate in work and in the community. I have no doubt that many people with disabilities really want to work, and… Continue reading

Australians Have Their Say on Welfare Reform

I am pleased to release the report on the community consultations on Australians Working Together (AWT). The Government has placed a strong emphasis on the importance of consultation with the community and the sector. I want to thank the many… Continue reading

Big Budget Boost for Families and Communities

The Government will provide an additional $843 millionas part of the Federal Budget to fund five key initiatives in the Family and Community Services Portfolio. Despite the Government’s strong commitment to defence spending, there has been a further commitment by… Continue reading

Funding Boost Marks National Volunteer Week

In celebration of Volunteers Week I am pleased to announce funding of $1.6 million over four years to Volunteering Australia (VA) to help expand volunteer placements for Australians Working Together (AWT) customers. Volunteers are an essential part of the Australian… Continue reading

Children Need Our Care, Not More Bureaucracy

Labor’s policy recycling has continued with Simon Crean’s rehashed proposal for a National Children’s Commission. The proposal for a Commissioner has been around for years and Mr Crean’s desperation to dress it up as a new and fresh solution of… Continue reading

Visit To Vietnam By Senator Amanda Vanstone

The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, is visiting Hanoi from 22 – 23 April 2002. This is the first visit to Vietnam by an Australian Minister responsible for the Family and Community Services portfolio and marks… Continue reading

Aboriginal Housing Boost

In its last Budget, the Howard Government announced the first real increase in Indigenous housing in ten years to help address serious housing issues in rural and remote areas. Over a third of this additional spending, or $29 million, has… Continue reading

Centrelink’s commitment to reconciliation

Centrelink has shown great support for Indigenous Australians with its Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation (see attached). The Statement outlines Centrelink’s commitment to both its Indigenous customers and Indigenous employees. By working in practical ways with Indigenous peoples and their… Continue reading

400 New Personal Advisers To Help Needy Australians

Centrelink has started advertising today for over 400 Personal Adviser positions as an important part of the Australians Working Together welfare reform package. These new advisers will provide individualised assistance to Centrelink customers who have social or economic barriers that… Continue reading

Sole Parents Deserve Praise and Support

“Sole parents are one the most maligned groups in our society,” Senator Vanstone said today at the Towards Opportunity and Prosperity conference in Melbourne. “We still have people who believe that most sole parents are teenage mothers who have chosen… Continue reading

Reporting on FTB debts inaccurate

News reports this morning on the number of families with FTB (Family Tax Benefit) debts are not correct. There has notbeen a ‘five-fold increase in family overpayments’. In fact, the Government’s estimate on the number of families with Family Tax… Continue reading

Centrelink – Helping Multicultural Australia

Today’s launch of Centrelink’s strategy for delivering services to customers of non-English speaking backgrounds is another example of the agency’s commitment to provide excellent customer service. ‘Delivering Multicultural Services 2002 – 2004’ is Centrelink’s vision for the way it will… Continue reading

New Peak Body for Australian Families

Today’s launch of the new peak body, Families Australia, will mean that the interests of families, young people and children in Australia are better represented. Families play a vital role in shaping the values and standards of the Australian community.… Continue reading

Tracking 10,000 Toddlers

Ten thousand toddlers will be tracked over nearly a decade in groundbreaking research on the lives of Australian children. The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) will collect data over nine years and will be the first ever collection of… Continue reading

New Indigenous Women’s Advisory Group

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new advisory group designed to further enhance the Commonwealth Government’s work with indigenous women. The 13-member Indigenous Women’s Advisory Group met in Canberra today for the first time. The Advisory Group… Continue reading

Pensions up $11.30 per fortnight

Today I am pleased to announce that from 20 March 2002 there will be a further increase in adult pensions and allowances which will benefit nearly four million pensioners and adults currently receiving income support. Under legislation, adult pension and… Continue reading

‘Independent’ breaching report old news

I am pleased that many of the recommendations made by Professor Pearce on breaching are consistent with much of the good work that Centrelink is already doing to help disadvantaged job seekers and to ensure that all customers know their… Continue reading

Deeming Rates Drop

I am pleased to announce that around 600,000 pensioners will see an increase in their payment because of a cut to the social security deeming rates on 20 March 2002. The lower deeming rate will reduce from 3 per cent… Continue reading

Breaching rules change to protect the vulnerable

I am pleased to announce a number of significant changes to the Government’s breaching rules that will help our most vulnerable job seekers, while keeping the breaching regime tough for those who deliberately try to cheat the system. These new… Continue reading