Media Releases by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Raising awareness of autism in schools

Around 10,000 schools across Australia are set to receive a DVD aimed at helping school children understand, accept and support children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. What are you doing?, a short film presented by Autism Awareness Australia, written by… Continue reading

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week commences tomorrow across the country (30 July – 5 August), an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of people with cerebral palsy and to promote a more inclusive community for people with disability including cerebral palsy. Attending… Continue reading

CEO appointed to lead NDIS Agency

The Australian Government has appointed David Bowen as CEO of the body responsible for coordinating the implementation of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Mr Bowen brings a wealth of experience to his new role as CEO of the NDIS… Continue reading

More support for Australia’s carers

From today 560,000 carers across Australia will receive a $600 boost to help ease the costs of caring for a loved one. Carers across Australia will share in $506 million in Carer Supplement payments. The annual $600 Supplement will be… Continue reading

Better television viewing for the hearing impaired

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas today welcomed the passage through Parliament of the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Improved Access to Television Services) Bill 2012,… Continue reading

Newman puts disability access at risk

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas has expressed concern at reports that projects to improve access for people with disability are the latest on the Queensland Government’s chopping block. It has been reported that a $3.3 million… Continue reading

Making conferences more accessible for people with disability

The Gillard Government is helping to make conferences across the country more accessible for people with disability with almost $350,000 under the National Disability Conference Initiative. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas announced today 31 conference… Continue reading

Delivering emergency respite support for carers

An independent evaluation of the Australian Government’s $8.8 million Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe or Profound Disability has found the program is well targeted and is making a real difference in the lives of carers and… Continue reading

Additional support for disability advocacy

Australian Government funded disability advocacy agencies across the country will each receive $15,000 to support the strengthening of advocacy for people with disability. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas today announced the one-off payment at the… Continue reading

Tasmania ready for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

Tasmanians today threw their support behind a National Disability Insurance Scheme. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas today joined more than 100 people with disability, their families and carers, local service providers and advocacy groups at a forum… Continue reading

Nominations open for the 2012 National Disability Awards

Australians are being encouraged to nominate individuals and organisations that contribute positively to the lives of people with disability for the sixth annual National Disability Awards. The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin said nominations are now open for the… Continue reading