Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Seniors and carers bonus payments

More than 430,000 carers and 2.7 million seniors have started receiving more than $1.8 billion in bonuses from the Australian Government. All payments are due to be paid by the end of the month. Where possible, the bonus payments will… Continue reading

Australia and Greece improve access to pensions

Around 50,000 residents of Australia and Greece will soon have improved access to the age pension from the Greek and Australian Governments with the introduction of a new social security agreement between the two countries. Legislative processes for the Social… Continue reading

New service for Indigenous families gets underway

New services to support Indigenous families have been launched in eight locations around Australia as part of a $16.6 million Australian Government commitment to give Indigenous children a good start in life. Over the next four years, 50 services will… Continue reading

Release of the final report of the NTER Taskforce

The recommendations of the final report of Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) Taskforce have included annual health checks for children and investment in housing in remote Indigenous communities. The report outlines NTER achievements during the 12 months since it was… Continue reading

Northern Territory Emergency Response – One Year On

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). The response was launched on 21 June 2007 following the recommendations of the Little Children Are Sacred report and its shocking revelations about child abuse in some Indigenous… Continue reading

NT trials to boost school attendance

The first six Northern Territory locations to trial linking school attendance with welfare payments have been selected. Hermannsburg, Katherine, Katherine town camps, Wallace Rockhole, Wadeye and Tiwi Islands will be involved in the pilot to boost school enrolment and improve… Continue reading

New incentive for long-term benefit from Indigenous royalties

The Australian Government is taking action to encourage Indigenous landowners in the Northern Territory to use significant resource industry payments for the long-term benefit of local communities. Large financial transfers must be better harnessed to benefit communities. The Australian Government… Continue reading

Protection for Charitable Sector Employees

The Rudd Government is taking urgent action to ensure employees in the charitable and not-for-profit sector are not hurt by the Howard Government’s 2006 budget measures due to come into effect on 1 July 2008. The Government will move urgent… Continue reading

Child protection measures help close the gap

A mobile child protection team has begun operating across the Northern Territory – one of two new child protection initiatives supported by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments to tackle child abuse in remote Indigenous communities. “The protection and safety… Continue reading

Australian Army helps close the gap in Kalumburu

The construction of a health clinic, delivering a community health training program, and the improvement of dentistry services are central to the 2008 Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP) which this year is focusing its efforts on the community of… Continue reading

New partnership to connect communities

A national program that harnesses the resources of Australia’s 5,000 pharmacies to make it easier for more people to join community groups will soon be in operation across the country. With Australian Government support, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and… Continue reading

$1.7 million for Gippsland family relationship services

Services to help Gippsland families build strong and positive relationships will receive more than $1.7 million in Australian Government funding to July 2009. Early intervention services including counselling, skills training, family dispute resolution and mediation will be delivered along with… Continue reading

Funding boost for disability business

Latrobe Valley Enterprises in Morwell will receive an extra $322,932 in Australian Government funding to install a heating system for its hothouse. This one-off commitment will give Latrobe Valley Enterprises the opportunity to further develop its business, helping ensure sustainable… Continue reading

Young people to benefit from $27M carer package

The Australian Government will provide $27 million to boost respite for Australia’s young carers and for carers of young people with a severe or profound disability. The Government will provide around $20 million over three years in respite support for… Continue reading

$16 million to support local communities

The wellbeing of families and children is central to a range of community-based projects receiving $16 million in Australian Government funding over the next year. They include a group supporting children while their mothers are in prison, training for volunteers… Continue reading

Supporting Australian families and communities

The Australian Government has provided $7.8 million to extend 105 projects that are strengthening families and communities across the country. Supporting young parents and their children, helping drought affected families and encouraging leadership and volunteering are among the projects being… Continue reading

NT Emergency Response Review Board

Chair of the Halls Creek Project Management Committee, Peter Yu, will chair the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) Review Board. The Board has been established to conduct an independent and transparent review of the NTER to assess what is working,… Continue reading

Sixteenth Anniversary of Mabo Day

Sixteen years ago today, the High Court of Australia overturned terra nullius finding that native title to land survived British colonisation and could form part of Australia’s common law. Today is an occasion to commemorate the vision and determination of… Continue reading

$277 million to build strong families

Services to help families build strong and positive relationships will receive more than $277 million in Australian Government funding over the next three years, through the extension of grants to family services providers across the country. Early intervention services including… Continue reading

Families benefit from payment rises

Millions of Australian families receiving Family Tax Benefit (FTB) and Child Care Benefit (CCB) will benefit from increases to payment rates, thresholds, and associated limits, following annual adjustments from the beginning of July 2008. Together with the Rudd Government’s substantial… Continue reading