Media Releases by Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

American Tragedy – Families and Children Helpline

A free national counselling service to help children traumatised by the terrorist attacks on America will commence tomorrow, Monday, Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, announced today. Senator Vanstone said the new helpline would be staffed by… Continue reading

Seafood Women Embrace Best Practice

Senator Amanda Vanstone, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women today launched the “Seafood Women Embrace Best Practice Decision-Making Resource Kit” at the SAFCOL Central Fish Market. “This is an exciting project that will make a real… Continue reading

Further Assistance for older Australians

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today announced she has started important discussions with State and Territory Governments to negotiate a wider range of concessions for holders of the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC). Senator Vanstone said… Continue reading

Cutting red tape for job seekers

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today announced the first measure to come out of a taskforce set up to relieve the administrative burden on Centrelink Customers. Senator Vanstone said the measure would streamline administrative processes for… Continue reading

Sexual assault in South Australia

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today outlined how South Australia will benefit from the recent Federal Budget measures to combat sexual assault. Senator Vanstone’s remarks followed on from comments made yesterday by… Continue reading

Government to sponsor Veteran’s heroes reunion

The Federal Government will sponsor two Australians to attend a reunion of Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients in London later this month. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, and Minister for Family and Community Services, Amanda Vanstone, said today… Continue reading

Democrats Get It Wrong

Senator Stott Despoja should apologise to sole parents for scaremongering and misleading them about the Government’s welfare reform proposals. Last night Senator Stott Despoja claimed parents on Parenting Payment with children under six years of age would be compelled to… Continue reading

Helping parents get back to work

The Australian’s Working Together package contains funding of $251 million to provide extra help for people receiving the Parenting Payment. Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Vanstone said parents would have access to a range of extended training, employment… Continue reading

Focus on Homeless Families

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone said the Government would spend $5 million dollars on a number of pilot programs to look at ways to best address the problem of families becoming homeless. “These pilot programs will… Continue reading

A better deal for people with disabilities

Thousands of Australians will significantly benefit from the $177 million ‘A better deal for People with Disabilities’ changes, Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone said today. Senator Vanstone said the Federal Government is concerned that many people… Continue reading

Working Credit – Reward for people who work

Minister for Family and Community Services, Amanda Vanstone, today announced Government funding of $506 million to introduce a Working Credit that would encourage more people to take up work. “At the moment, people who have been out of work for… Continue reading

$75 million Boost to Indigenous Housing

Indigenous communities in rural and remote Australia today received a major funding boost in today’s Federal Budget announcement of an extra $75 million over four years for housing and infrastructure. Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, and… Continue reading

Research and Education to Tackle Problem Gambling

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said the Government would set aside $8.4 million over four years for research and education to address the serious issue of problem gambling. “The Australian community is becoming increasingly aware of… Continue reading

Budget Boost for Older Australians

The Government will provide in excess of $1.3 billion over 5 years as part of the Federal Budget to fund four new initiatives in the Family and Community Services portfolio that will see more money and greater concessions go to… Continue reading

Centrelink move to The Domain approved

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today announced that approval has been given to enter into a precommitment lease agreement for the construction of a new Centrelink Customer Service Centre building at The Domain, Marion. “The new… Continue reading

Cooperation and Compulsion both needed for Compliance

Family and Community Services Minister Senator Amanda Vanstone said today that effective compliance in the welfare system needed customer cooperation as well as compulsion. Senator Vanstone was commenting on survey data released today which revealed that failure to notify Centrelink… Continue reading

Ad Campaign Launch Kicks off National Volunteer Week

The Commonwealth’s national advertising campaign for the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) 2001 was launched today at the Adelaide Zoo by the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone. The launch marks the start of National Volunteer Week… Continue reading