Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

New deal for upgrade of Queensland Indigenous housing

In a new agreement with the Queensland Government, the Australian Government has made an initial offer to the Queensland Government of $60 million to upgrade to an acceptable level houses currently managed by Indigenous Community Housing Organisations. In exchange, the… Continue reading

Income Management rollout in Oombulgurri

Oombulgurri will be among the first five Western Australian communities to take part in income management under the Australian Government’s national child protection initiative. The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs , Jenny Macklin, and WA Acting… Continue reading

Families learn to serve healthy meals at cut price

An innovative Western Australian project that teaches vulnerable families how to cook healthy meals while slicing food bills has been extended by the Australian Government. The Australian Government is providing $73,000 to the Red Cross to continue the FOODcents program… Continue reading

Lifeline for distressed Gosnells parents

Parents struggling to cope with the birth or death of a child will retain access to a local lifeline, thanks to a $140,000 Australian Government boost for the Gosnells Women’s Health Service. The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and… Continue reading

Increasing school attendance in Cannington

Families in the Cannington area in Perth will take part in a trial linking school enrolment and attendance with welfare payments, as part of the Australian and Western Australian Governments’ commitment to help protect children. The Minister for Families, Housing,… Continue reading

Environmental and economic benefits for Ngarrindjeri

The Australian and South Australian Governments and the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority today signed a Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) to protect the land’s natural resources and encourage economic development. At Camp Coorong, SA Senator Dana Wortley represented the Government and committed… Continue reading

Indigenous leaders share top NAIDOC Awards honour

Dr Chicka Dixon, Joseph Elu AO and Archie Roach were last night jointly awarded the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Ball. The trio was presented with the prestigious National NAIDOC Awards… Continue reading

HREOC paper on national Indigenous representative body

I thank the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, for the contribution of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) issues paper on a national Indigenous representative body. The paper is a very helpful contribution… Continue reading

Income management extended in four NT communities

Income management will be extended in four Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) communities – Mutitjulu, Finke/Apatula, Titjikala and Imanpa – for up to 12 months. These NT communities were the first four to be placed on income management on 17… Continue reading

$5.3 million upgrade for Tangentyere housing

The Australian Government will provide an immediate injection of $5.3 million to Tangentyere Council for upgrades to existing housing in the Alice Springs town camps. This funding will be targeted at approximately 170 houses and allows Tangentyere Council to complete… Continue reading

Specialised playgroups for 2400 Indigenous children

During NAIDOC week, the Australian Government has announced the locations for 20 specialised playgroups to be established in 20 regional and remote Indigenous communities across Australia delivering a range of activities to around 2400 children, as part of a $5… Continue reading


The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, has welcomed the start of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week with an announcement of $1.5 million for NAIDOC activities across Australia. NAIDOC Week… Continue reading

Panthers score more help for mentor program

Panthers on the Prowl has received $150,000 from the Australian Government to continue its successful support program for families in the Penrith area for a further 12 months. Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and… Continue reading

Cape York Welfare Reform Trial to begin

The Cape York Welfare Reform Trial will commence today with the Family Responsibilities Commission starting its operations. The Queensland Government yesterday announced the names of the 24 Local Commissioners who will oversee the operation of the Commission. In December last… Continue reading

24 new family relationship centres open today

From today, Australian families going through relationship difficulties or separation are being better supported with the opening of 24 new Family Relationship Centres, Attorney-General Robert McClelland said. “The opening of these 24 new Centres demonstrates the Rudd Government’s continuing commitment… Continue reading

Aboriginal men to meet in historic health talks

This week, Australia’s first ever Central Australian Aboriginal male health summit will be held near Alice Springs. Since the announcement of the Northern Territory Emergency Response, Aboriginal men in unprecedented numbers have expressed concern to the Congress about the issues… Continue reading