Media Releases by The Hon Bill Shorten MP

Winter Paralympians to Inspire a Nation

The Australian Government today sent its best wishes to Australia’s team ahead of the Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games this weekend. “Sport shows us the great heights we as humans can reach and the hurdles that we can overcome. The Paralympics… Continue reading

New Accommodation for Younger People with Disabilities

The Minister for Human Services, Lin Thorp, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Bill Shorten, today opened a new $1.7 million supported accommodation facility at Chigwell for six younger people with disabilities. Ms Thorp said the new Chigwell facility comprised a… Continue reading

Government launches new Disability Employment Services

Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib today launched the Rudd Government’s new $1.2 billion Disability Employment Services. Senator Arbib, who launched the service at Break Thru Employment at Maroubra, said the new arrangements meant more jobs for people with disability,… Continue reading

New autism services for young children in Perth

A new Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre in Perth will give young West Australian children with Autism Spectrum Disorders access to specialist early childhood services to help them reach their full potential. The Rudd Government has provided nearly… Continue reading

Disability Investment Group Report released

The Australian Government today released the Disability Investment Group’s report commissioned as part of our commitment to set out a ten year agenda for coordinated, across-government action for Australians with disability. The report, The Way Forward: A new disability policy… Continue reading

Disability Awards recognise six high achievers

Six outstanding individuals have received recognition for their selfless contributions to the disability sector at the 2009 National Disability Awards ceremony in Canberra. The awards formally recognise achievements made by people with disability, as well as those who have contributed… Continue reading

United Nations Disabilities Committee Chair

The Australian Government today congratulated Professor Ron McCallum AO on his election as the 2010 Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Professor McCallum is a leading Australian legal academic and was elected as… Continue reading

Expanded autism services begin today

Around 1400 children with Autism Spectrum Disorders will have easier access to early intervention services from today, following changes to the Rudd Government’s Helping Children with Autism package. The changes will increase the number of service providers, and allow families… Continue reading

Parenting guides to help newly arrived families

The latest series of ‘Parenting in a New Culture’ African parenting guides will to help migrants and refugees become familiar with parenting in Australia. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, tonight launched the new series in… Continue reading

$4.8 million for new autism care centre in Burnie

A new Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre in north-west Tasmania will give young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders access to specialist early childhood services so they can reach their full potential. The Australian Government is providing almost $4.8… Continue reading

National Arts and Disability Strategy

Arts Minister Peter Garrett and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Bill Shorten, today commended the Cultural Ministers Council for endorsing the National Arts and Disability Strategy at their national meeting.’Arts and culture enriches us all – and with one in… Continue reading

National Disability Awards 2009 finalists announced

Today Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, announced the finalists for the 2009 Disability Awards. Fifteen finalists have been selected from more than 240 nominations.… Continue reading

Strathewen recreation reserve to be rebuilt

A new partnership between the Rudd and Brumby governments and the private sector will help transform Strathewen through the redevelopment of Strathewen Recreation Reserve to feature a top-quality sports hub, the Acting Premier Rob Hulls announced today. In Strathewen, Mr… Continue reading

Autism services expanded across Australia

Around 1400 children with Autism Spectrum Disorders will have easier access to early intervention services, following changes to the Helping Children with Autism package. The changes will increase the number of service providers and allow families more time to use… Continue reading

Private sector commits to employing more people with disability

Over 20 organisations and peak bodies today signed a Statement of Intent committing to employing more people with disability. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, said the statement acknowledges the significant advantages of employing and professionally… Continue reading

Pension increases for carers and people with disability

More than 870,000 disability support pensioners and carers across Australia will receive increased pension payments under much-needed changes to the pension system.The Australian Government’s Secure and Sustainable Pension Reforms will improve the pension’s adequacy, simplify the way it is delivered,… Continue reading