Media Releases by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Supporting Australians with disability into work

The Gillard Government is improving support for Australians with disability to help them into work where possible, while providing an essential safety net for Australians unable to work. Reforms in the 2011-12 Budget will: Introduce new participation requirements for disability… Continue reading

Better start for children with disability

Children with disability affecting their development will have access to intensive early intervention services through the $147 million Better Start for Children with Disability initiative. This election commitment will help reduce the financial burden on parents and carers of children… Continue reading

Making employment easier for people with disabilities

The Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, today announced funding for a new guide to help employers better understand the needs of employees with disability. The development… Continue reading

Launceston Gears Up

Zumba routines, choir performances and wheelchair basketball were among the activities on offer today at an expo in Launceston aimed at improving the lives of people with disability. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, officially opened… Continue reading

Australian re-elected as chair of UN Disability Committee

Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Senator Jan McLucas today congratulated Professor Ron McCallum AO on his re-election as Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for another two years.… Continue reading

Livable Housing Australia

A new not-for-profit organisation will be established to encourage Australians constructing new homes to comply with design standards that make homes more accessible. The National Dialogue on Universal Housing Design, a group bringing together government, the residential building industry and… Continue reading

New centre for carers opens in Darwin

Carers in Darwin and across the Northern Territory will have better access to support, services and information with the opening of a new carer centre today. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, today opened the new Carers… Continue reading

World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day, an opportunity to raise community awareness and show support for people with the condition, their families and carers. Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities… Continue reading

Celebrating National Playgroup Week

To mark the start of National Playgroup Week, a special playgroup for local children and their parents was held at Parliament House today in Canberra. The Minister for Families, Jenny Macklin, the Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services, Julie Collins, and… Continue reading

World Down Syndrome Day

Today marks the sixth anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, an opportunity to learn more about Down syndrome and to recognise the important role that people with this condition play in our society. Parliamentary Secretary for Disability and Carers, Senator… Continue reading

National Disability Strategy launched

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas, today launched the long term strategy for improving the lives of Australians with disability, their families and carers. Senator McLucas was joined by Australian of the Year Simon McKeon and members… Continue reading

100,000th Auslan interpreting appointment booked

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, today recognised the vital role the Australian Government’sNational Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service (NABS) continues to play in the deaf community. This month marked the 100,000th time Australians who are… Continue reading

More time to apply for Accessible Communities grant

The Australian Government has extended the application period for grants of up to $100,000 to local councils to make their communities more accessible for people with disability. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disability and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, said applications to… Continue reading

International Asperger’s Day

Today is International Asperger’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of people with Asperger’s Syndrome, and show support for people with the condition, their families and carers. This is the second year International Asperger’s Day has been recognised. February… Continue reading