Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Closing the gap for Indigenous people with disability

The Gillard Government will set a new target aimed at increasing access to services for Indigenous people with disability. This will strengthen efforts to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage by ensuring that the benefits of DisabilityCare Australia are realised… Continue reading

Abbott has no credibility on Paid Parental Leave

Tony Abbott continued his long walk away from his rolled gold paid parental leave scheme tonight, leaving Australian women wondering what he will actually deliver. “There’ll be an affordable and responsible Paid Parental Leave scheme…” Australia already has an affordable… Continue reading

Research reveals changing nature of modern families

New research released today shows the importance of the Gillard Government’s targeted support for low and middle income families. The Australian Institute of Family Studies’ report, Families working together: Getting the balance right, provides insight into how modern Australian families… Continue reading

Delivering for older Australians

The Gillard Government will continue its strong record of supporting senior Australians with a number of initiatives in the 2013-14 Budget, including $112.4 million for a pilot program to support Age Pensioners and other pensioners over age pension who want… Continue reading

Gillard government delivers DisabilityCare Australia

The Gillard Government will invest $14.3 billion over seven years to roll out DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, across the country. This Budget makes the responsible decisions to fully fund DisabilityCare Australia for the long term. This unprecedented… Continue reading

A more sustainable family payments system

The Gillard Government is delivering further reforms to secure a fair and sustainable family payments system for Australia’s future. Labor believes in a strong family payments system that reflects the needs of modern families. Since coming into Government, Labor has… Continue reading

Change to the Pension Bonus Scheme

Late registrations for the closed Pension Bonus Scheme will end from 1 March 2014 to help ensure our pension system is simpler and more sustainable for older Australians into the future. The Pension Bonus Scheme provides a lump-sum payment to… Continue reading

Closing the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage

The Gillard Government is continuing its unprecedented investment to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage with more than $1.6 billion in funding for improved health, education, essential services, welfare reform, recognition and advocacy and Indigenous languages and art. The 2013-14… Continue reading

Helping households with the cost of living

The Gillard Government has a proven track record of delivering cost of living relief to millions of Australian households. A central part of this has been sound economic management – delivering jobs and growth amid global economic uncertainty, and low… Continue reading

Nominations Open for National Disability Awards

Disability advocate and 2011 Senior Australian of the Year, Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO, has today been named as this year’s Patron for International Day of People with Disability and the National Disability Awards. Nominations for the seventh annual National… Continue reading

Next steps for DisabilityCare Australia in Tasmania

A clear pathway for people with disability to access DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, in the Tasmanian launch was announced today by the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments. Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin and Tasmanian Minister for Human… Continue reading

Next steps for DisabilityCare Australia in SA

A clear pathway for people with disability to access DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, in the South Australian launch area was announced today by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin and South… Continue reading

Next steps for DisabilityCare Australia in Victoria

A crucial step towards the Victorian launch of DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, has been taken, with the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments agreeing arrangements for how people with disability will access the scheme in the Barwon launch site.… Continue reading