Media Releases by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

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

Designing playgrounds for all abilities

In a world first, a group of leading disability advocates, local government representatives and experts gathered in Canberra today to develop guidelines for building all-abilities playgrounds. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas who opened the Touched by… Continue reading

More support for people with disability to work

Australians with disability will receive greater support to help them into work where possible, as a result of legislation passed by the Parliament today. The Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Disability Support Pension Participation Reforms) Bill 2012 delivers more… Continue reading

Supporting Australian Disability Enterprises

The Gillard Government will inject $59.6 million over four years into Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) in 2012–13, supporting more than 20,000 workers with disability across Australia. This funding will help about 600 businesses, operated by 199 organisations, across Australia that… Continue reading

Designing the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Australian Government today announced three expert groups to help inform the design of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The expert groups will work under the NDIS Advisory Group to help the Australian Government design a scheme that meets… Continue reading

Supporting our future leaders

The search is on for people with disability who want to develop their skills and confidence to become leaders in business, the community and government. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas is encouraging people with disability to… Continue reading

Children with autism getting the best start to life

An early learning centre in Sydney’s south-west established by the Australian Government is helping local children with autism get the best start to life. Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan… Continue reading

Global celebration of people with Down syndrome

Tomorrow is World Down Syndrome Day, an opportunity for people across Australia to take the time to become more aware about Down syndrome. “World Down Syndrome Day provides Australians with a chance to recognise and celebrate the contribution people with… Continue reading

Australia to host inaugural Asia Pacific Games

Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas today congratulated Special Olympics Australia for winning the right to the host the inaugural Special Olympic Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle in 2013. “The… Continue reading

Support for Australia’s carers

The Australian Government will provide $2.6 million to deliver a national carer awareness campaign and a series of festivals for young carers to give them some time out from the demands of their caring roles. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities… Continue reading