Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Baby Bonus changes pass Parliament

The Australian Government’s changes to the family payments system have passed the Senate with the support of the Opposition. These amendments to the Family Assistance and Other Legislation Bill deliver the following reforms: Changes to the Baby Bonus from 1… Continue reading

Supporting carers of people with mental illness

The Gillard Government is investing more than $3.1 million over the next three years to trial new ways of helping carers of people with mental illness to achieve their training and employment goals. The Mental Health Respite: Carer Support initiative… Continue reading

Schoolkids Bonus is just around the corner

The second instalment of the Gillard Government’s Schoolkids Bonus is just around the corner, with 1.3 million families set to receive the payment from next week. From 4 July, eligible families will start receiving $205 for each child in primary… Continue reading

Supporting people with mental illness in Bundaberg

The Gillard Government will provide Bundaberg Skills Centre with an additional $70,000 to assist in the establishment of its new specialist Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) employment services. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin and Queensland… Continue reading

Tackling alcohol and substance abuse in Ceduna

The Australian Government is investing $865,000 in new programs to help Aboriginal people in Ceduna and surrounding communities tackle alcohol and substance abuse. The funding, which is part of the Government’s $4.3 million Breaking the Cycle initiative, will deliver practical… Continue reading

Investing in Indigenous leadership

The Gillard Government today announced a significant increase in its investment in the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC), committing $8.36 million over the next four years for the delivery of accredited leadership programs to Indigenous Australians. This investment will nearly… Continue reading

Indigenous women have their say at Summit

Indigenous women from across the country travelled to Parliament House in Canberra today to share their views on the issues facing their communities at the Gillard Government funded Oxfam Straight Talk Summit. The Government has invested $100,000 to help deliver… Continue reading

Canberra work experience for future Indigenous leaders

More than 100 Indigenous secondary students from 56 schools converged on Parliament House today to begin a week of work experience with the Australian Government. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, today welcomed the students participating in the Learn Earn… Continue reading

More support for workers with disability

The Australian Government will inject an extra $4 million into Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to support them as they move toward our vision for supported employment. The vision outlines significant changes over the next decade to the way we support… Continue reading

Delivering DisabilityCare Australia for St George

People with disability, their families and carers came together in St George today to celebrate DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, being rolled out across New South Wales. The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin joined the Member for… Continue reading

Delivering for Seniors in Bankstown

Seniors in Bankstown and St George are benefitting from higher pension payments and more support to stay connected with family, friends and the community thanks to the Gillard Labor Government. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny… Continue reading

Delivering DisabilityCare Australia for Gosford

People with disability, their families and carers came together in Gosford today to celebrate DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, being rolled out across New South Wales. The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin joined the Member for Robertson,… Continue reading