Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

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

$2.2 Billion to Tackle Housing Squeeze and Homelessness

The Australian Government is tackling housing affordability and homelessness with a Budget housing package investing $2.2 billion over the next four years on boosting rental stocks, helping people save for their first home, lowering housing construction costs and building new… Continue reading

Helping Volunteers Pay their Petrol Bills

In a move that significantly expands the Volunteer Grants Program, the Australian Government has committed an additional $15 million over three years to help community organisations and their volunteers with their work, including help to pay their fuel bills. The… Continue reading

Simpler and Fairer Family Payments

Improvements will be made to the Baby Bonus and Family Tax Benefit (FTB) under a simpler and fairer family payments system. The Australian Government is committed to a child-centred approach to family policy and is taking responsible decisions to ensure… Continue reading

$90 million for Indigenous Rangers

The Australian Government will set up a $90 million fund to train and employ Indigenous rangers. The funding will be rolled out over five years beginning on 1 July 2008 and will be established through the Working on Country element… Continue reading

$622.6 Million to Replenish Rental Property Stocks

The new National Rental Affordability Scheme will help create up to 50,000 new rental properties across Australia at a cost of $622.6 million over the first four years. Rising rents are putting working families under increasing financial pressure. The Government… Continue reading

Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health

The Australian Government is investing $334.8 million towards closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. Measures include $101.5 million extra funding for maternal and child health services. By addressing health issues early in life,… Continue reading

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

$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