Media Releases by The Hon Bill Shorten MP

Australia ratifies UN disabilities convention

Australia has today ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, making Australia one of the first Western countries to ratify the Convention. Australia joins 29 other countries around the world in a move that aims to… Continue reading

Appointment of Disability and Race Discrimination Commissioners

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has today announced two substantive appointments to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. These appointments were welcomed by Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten and Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs Laurie Ferguson. Mr Graeme Innes AM… Continue reading

New Funding as MyTime Turns One

The Australian Government has marked the first birthday of the MyTime peer support groups by announcing $90,000 for four new pilot groups. Bill Shorten, made the announcement while celebrating MyTime’s first birthday at Fairfield City Farm in Sydney with Julia… Continue reading

Marketing Boost for Business Services

Business services will receive a one-off payment of $2,500 from the Australian Government for marketing and promoting their products, a total commitment of $525,000. “All 210 business services around Australia will receive the payment and a marketing kit to help… Continue reading

Awards for Excellent Business Services

Bill Shorten, is calling for nominations for the inaugural Business Services Excellence Awards. “Australians with a disability are contributing an enormous amount to economic growth, and their engagement in the workforce is benefiting the individuals concerned, their families and community,”… Continue reading

The Way Forward: A National Disability Strategy

People with disability, their families and carers will benefit from a National Disability Strategy being developed by the Australian Government to increase their economic participation, social inclusion and wellbeing. The National Disability Strategy (NDS) is an innovative and desperately needed… Continue reading

Funding for Special Olympics Australia

More people with an intellectual disability will have the chance to participate in sports, with the Australian Government committing to annual funding to Special Olympics Australia of $300,000 a year. Minister for Sport, Kate Ellis, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities,… Continue reading

Employment Support for People with Disability

The Australian Government will support the employment of people with disability by extending access to wage assessment tools for businesses at a cost of $25.7 million over four years. This means around 90 small businesses employing supported workers with disability,… Continue reading

Supporting Children with Autism

The Australian Government strongly supports the key theme of Autism Awareness Week – to increase the community’s understanding of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Autism Awareness Week begins Sunday 11 May. The , Jenny Macklin, said children with ASDs,… Continue reading

Government welcomes convention on disabilities

The Rudd Government today welcomed the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “The Convention is designed to ensure that universal human rights and fundamental freedoms are available to the world’s estimated… Continue reading

Supporting children with autism

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten are pleased to announce that the Australian Autism Education and Training Consortium (AAETC) has been awarded the $11.3 million contract to deliver the… Continue reading

Government announces Disability Investment Group

The Australian Government has established a Disability Investment Group to explore innovative funding ideas from the private sector that will help people with disability and their families’ access greater support and plan for the future. , Bill Shorten, today said… Continue reading

Disability Employment Strategy Discussion Paper launched

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, today released a discussion paper for the National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy. The discussion paper seeks input from a wide range… Continue reading

Inaugural World Autism Awareness Day

Bill Shorten, today commemorates the first World Autism Awareness Day by launching an Autism Early Intervention Outcomes Unit (AEIOU) in Brisbane with Queensland Disability Services Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr. “It is timely that the centre is opened today, on a day… Continue reading

Nominate for the National Disability Awards 2008

Nominations are now open for the National Disability Awards 2008. Jenny Macklin and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, today officially opened nominations, saying they were looking forward to the awards surpassing last year’s inaugural awards. “These… Continue reading