Media Releases by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Film raises autism awareness among school children

A special screening of a film aimed at helping school children understand, accept and support children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder was held at Australian Parliament House in Canberra today. What are you doing?, presented by Autism Awareness Australia, written… Continue reading

Milestone for children’s autism program

The first national initiative to help families and children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder has celebrated the delivery of its 500,000th service. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas today joined Member for Robertson, Deb O’Neill at the Central… 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 their families and carers. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas said that today, friends, family and carers… Continue reading

Supporting people with disability into work

Australians with disability will receive greater support to help them into work where possible under legislation introduced into Parliament today. The Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Disability Support Pension Participation Reforms) Bill 2012 introduces new participation requirements for Disability… Continue reading

Closing soon: Applications to build supported accommodation

Applications are being encouraged to the Australian Government’s new $60 million Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund which closes later this month. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas said applications to develop accommodation for people with disability close… Continue reading

UN Declares March 21 World Down Syndrome Day

The Australian Government today welcomed a resolution by the United Nations to designate March 21 as ‘World Down Syndrome Day.’ The Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas said the resolution, adopted by the… Continue reading

Working with South Australia to get NDIS ready

The Australian Government has announced it will work with the South Australian Government on measures to help get the state ready for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). An NDIS will make sure Australians with disability have access to the… Continue reading

Reforming the Disability Support Pension

A new report released today confirms the Gillard Government’s reforms to better target the Disability Support Pension (DSP) are working. Over the last three budgets, the Government has initiated a series of reforms that are fundamentally overhauling key aspects of… Continue reading

Forging ahead towards a National Disability Insurance Scheme

More than 80 Far North Queenslanders, including people with disability, their families and carers, local service providers and advocacy groups, joined Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas and Queensland Minister for Disability Services, Curtis Pitt in Cairns today… Continue reading

Government delivering disability reform

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas today met with representatives from the disability sector at the National Disability Services CEO meeting in Canberra to discuss progress on the Government’s national disability reform agenda. “This year in… Continue reading

Providing more options for people with disability

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas and Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland today joined disability support organisation Ability Options and local families benefiting from its services to celebrate International Day of People with Disability. “International Day of People… Continue reading

Improving the lives of people with disability worldwide

The Australian Government today announced support to improve the lives of people with disability worldwide at a symposium on the World Health Organisation and World Bank’s World Report on Disability in Sydney. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Parliamentary Secretary for… Continue reading

Designing a National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Gillard Government today announced a new agency will be established to lead the Commonwealth’s work to design the launch of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The agency will also oversee new projects to that identify practical ways to… Continue reading

International Day of People with Disability

Celebrations will occur throughout Australia this weekend to mark 2011 International Day of People with Disability. December 3 marks International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a United Nations sanctioned day that unites people around the world in celebrating the… Continue reading

Capital grants for Australian Disability Enterprises

The Australian Government has awarded more than $500,000 to 27 organisations providing supported employment to people with disability to help strengthen their businesses. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas said that the Capital Fund for Australian Disability… Continue reading