Media Releases by The Hon Bill Shorten MP

$5 Million to Help Redevelop Horsham Town Hall

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, and Bill Shorten, , today announced the Rudd Government would offer $5 million for the redevelopment of the Horsham Town Hall in Victoria. Mr Shorten was in Horsham today to make the announcement with Horsham… Continue reading

One-Off $5000 Grant To Small Businesses And Farmers

More Victorian farmers and small businesses impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires will be eligible for up-front $5000 bushfire recovery grants following a decision by the Rudd and Brumby governments to provide a special one-off payment in recognition of the… Continue reading

New website to support employment for people with a disability

A new Australian Disability Enterprises website will help boost employment opportunities for people with disability by linking disability enterprises with businesses wanting to purchase their products or services. The website was launched today in Melbourne by Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities… Continue reading

Applications open for five disability advocacy regions

Disability Advocacy organisations in five Australian regions will be funded to better represent the rights of Australians with disability. , Bill Shorten, today encouraged service providers to apply for funding to deliver vital advocacy services across five regions through the… Continue reading

Playgroups for bushfire affected families

Families affected by the devastating Victorian bushfires will have immediate access to high quality early childhood services with $273,200 in Australian Government funding to support 29 playgroups across the state.The funding will allow Playgroup Victoria to employ six full time… Continue reading

Support for school students with Autism

The Australian Government will fund support for teachers, parents and carers of school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the education component of the $190 million Helping Children with Autism package. The Helping Children with Autism package strongly reflects… Continue reading

New Autism website to help parents and carers

Parents and carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) will benefit from a new information website created as part of the $190 million Helping Children with Autism package.The website was launched today at Parliament House by the Bill Shorten.… Continue reading

Extra help for young people in out-of-home care

The Australian Government today announced a $165,000 grant for the CREATE Foundation to provide more support and help to young people in out-of-home care. CREATE will use the funding for its CREATE Your Future program, providing support to young people… Continue reading

More Australians using disability employment services

More Australians with disabilities are using Australian Government employment services according to new figures contained in the Australian Government Disability Services Census 2007 report. Over 82,000 people used open and supported employment services to help them find a job –… Continue reading

National Disability Agreement begins

From 1 January 2009 a new $5.3 billion National Disability Agreement will pave the way for substantial reforms to the disability services system, as part of the Australian Government’s ambitious National Disability Reform agenda. “The new funds will provide more… Continue reading

Breaking down barriers for people with disability

A new report released today on disability support pensioners shows that under the Howard Government fewer than one-in-ten people on the Disability Support Pension were in any kind of paid work.The report, Characteristics of Disability Support Pension Recipients, profiles the… Continue reading

International Day of People with Disability

The achievements and contributions of hundreds of thousands of people with disability are being celebrated today, as part of International Day of People with Disability. Today we recognise the inspiration, individual achievements of people with disability and acknowledge their contribution… Continue reading