Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

New Homes for the Homeless

The Australian Government will build 600 new homes for the homeless across the country with a $150 million total investment over the next five years. The funds will be used for the construction of new accommodation, spot purchases or the… Continue reading

$1.2 billion for Closing the Gap for Indigenous Australians

The Australian Government is delivering $1.2 billion over five years, including 37 2008-09 Budget measures, towards closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The Government has a comprehensive plan to tackle Indigenous disadvantage, make communities safe for children and… Continue reading

Making Indigenous Communities Safer

Night patrols to make remote Indigenous communities safer and more secure for families and children will continue as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to implementing the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). A total of $17.7 million has been allocated… Continue reading

Employment Support for People with Disability

The Australian Government will support the employment of people with disability by extending access to wage assessment tools for businesses at a cost of $25.7 million over four years. This means around 90 small businesses employing supported workers with disability,… Continue reading

Easing Pressure on Housing Affordability

The Australian Government has established a Housing Affordability Fund and will invest $512 million over the next five years to lower the cost of building new homes. The Government is committed to tackling housing affordability for working families and is… Continue reading

The Way Forward: A National Disability Strategy

People with disability, their families and carers will benefit from a National Disability Strategy being developed by the Australian Government to increase their economic participation, social inclusion and wellbeing. The National Disability Strategy (NDS) is an innovative and desperately needed… Continue reading

$822 Million to Support and Recognise Carers

Australia’s carers are set to benefit from an $822 million package of measures to increase support and recognition of their vital economic and social role. The Government values their role and the contribution of carers who make enormous personal sacrifices… Continue reading

Counselling Support Doubled to Ease Financial Stress

The Rudd Government is supporting working families under financial pressure by expanding financial counselling services and support as part of a $20 million Australian Government commitment over four years. We know that many families are facing mortgage stress, cost of… Continue reading

New Social Security Agreements with Finland and Poland

The Australian Government has announced its intention to finalise negotiations with Finland and Poland to introduce social security agreements to improve access to pensions for residents of these countries. Once in place, the agreements will benefit people who have spent… Continue reading

Debit Card to Improve Income Management

The Australian Government is introducing a new debit card to make it easier for people on income management to put food on the table for children and reduce the red-tape burden placed on small retailers. The Australian Government is investing… Continue reading

Support for Older Australians

Older Australians will benefit from a range of 2008-09 Budget initiatives including bonus payments, national transport concessions, free internet kiosks, and portability of concession cards when travelling overseas. This comes on top of our $5.6 billion commitment over five years… Continue reading

$5 million funding boost for volunteers

Programs to provide training and support to volunteers and the not-for-profit sector are receiving a $5 million injection of funds from the Australian Government. Celebrating National Volunteer Week, the Minister for Community Services, Jenny Macklin, said the funding extension will… Continue reading

Passing of Dr R Marika

The death of Dr Marika last night is a great loss to her people and to all of us, Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, who are committed to reconciliation. Her death has sadly cut short a remarkable and inspirational life. Dr… Continue reading

Supporting Children with Autism

The Australian Government strongly supports the key theme of Autism Awareness Week – to increase the community’s understanding of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Autism Awareness Week begins Sunday 11 May. The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and… Continue reading

Protecting children on the APY Lands

The Australian Government will immediately commit more than $19 million as part of a new partnership with the South Australian Government to protect children from abuse on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. The shocking plight of young children revealed… Continue reading

Maternal deaths high for Indigenous women

While Australia’s overall low maternal death rate has fallen, the mortality rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is still unacceptably high and of great concern to the Australian Government. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) today… Continue reading

New playgroups to benefit Indigenous families

More than 300 Indigenous families and children will benefit from up to $1 million over two years in Australian Government funding for additional playgroups in the Northern Territory. Mobile Intensive Support Playgroups will be established in the town camps of… Continue reading

World’s Biggest Playgroup Day – a day for play

Playgroups are an integral element of the Prime Minister’s 2020 proposal for universal, high quality, affordable parent and child centres for all Australian children up to the age of five. Celebrating the World’s Biggest Playgroup Day as part of National… Continue reading

Supporting young people in La Perouse

A Sydney youth service, which helps hundreds of young people from the Aboriginal community of La Perouse with education, health and link-up services will receive $145,000 in funding to extend the service until June 2009. Up to 30 young people… Continue reading