Media Releases by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Education Disability Standards Review Underway

The Gillard Labor Government is taking action to help remove barriers to educational achievement, with a review of Disability Standards for Education. Minister for School Education Peter Garrett said recent figures show the numbers of funded school students with disability… Continue reading

Graduation of FaHCSIA trainees with disability

Four trainees today celebrated their graduation from a pilot program for people with an intellectual disability in the Australian Public Service. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, said the traineeship program is designed to provide people with… Continue reading

Professor McCallum congratulated

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, today congratulated Professor Ron McCallum AO on being named the 2011 Senior Australian of the Year. “Professor McCallum has an exceptional record in advocating for the rights of people with… Continue reading

New disability accommodation for northern Tasmania

A new $1.45 million accommodation project is providing Launceston residents with disability with more long-term accommodation options. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas, today officially opened the eight new independent living units at St Michaels Association’s Newstead campus.… Continue reading

Delivering work opportunities for people with disability

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas, today visited one of Tasmania’s oldest laundry businesses, the highly successful Australian Disability Enterprise, BlueLine Laundry. The Hobart-based company, which processes 50,000 kilograms of laundry each week, employs over 100 people with… Continue reading

Report into experiences of mental health carers released

Mental health carers across Australia are reporting better access to information and support according to a new report released today, however there are challenges to overcome with carers continuing to face discrimination and isolation in their communities. Parliamentary Secretary for… Continue reading

Coalition playing politics with people with disability

The Opposition is playing politics with an important reform to provide for the needs of people with severe disability. They have broken a commitment to pass the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and… Continue reading

2010 National Disability Awards finalists announced

Nine outstanding individuals were honoured today for their contributions to the disability sector at the annual National Disability Awards. Among the award winners are educators, advocates, business people and public speakers who have all worked tirelessly to raise awareness of… Continue reading

Role of carers formally recognised in legislation

Australia’s carers have been formally recognised for their contribution to society with the passing of the Carer Recognition Bill through Parliament today. The new legislation recognises the valuable social and economic contribution, as well as the many personal sacrifices, made… Continue reading

Passing of Anne McDonald

We mourn the passing of Anne McDonald, an author and advocate for people with disability. Her death in Melbourne on Friday is a sad loss for the disability community and all Australians. Born with severe cerebral palsy and unable to… Continue reading

Special Disability Trusts

The Australian Government today introduced legislation to change the rules surrounding Special Disability Trusts to give families and carers of people with severe disability more flexibility in how their investment in trusts will benefit their loved one. The Government expects… Continue reading