Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Supporting people with mental illness in Broadmeadows

People with severe mental illness in Broadmeadows will have greater access to support services and other practical assistance close to home thanks to nearly $1.5 million in funding for Workskil Incorporated. Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin and Member for… Continue reading

DisabilityCare Australia to be rolled out in SA

The Gillard Government and South Australian Government have reached a significant agreement today that will allow for the full roll out of DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, in South Australia by July 2018. The agreement will provide around… Continue reading

Supporting people with mental illness in Bendigo

People with severe mental illness in Bendigo and the Goldfields region will have greater access to support services and other practical assistance close to home thanks to a $1.5 million investment in St Luke’s Anglicare. Minister for Disability Reform Jenny… Continue reading

Locals come together to discuss DisabilityCare Australia

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin today joined Member for Chisholm Anna Burke and Oakleigh people with disability, their families and carers, and local disability service providers to discuss DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme. Ms Macklin said… Continue reading

Supporting people to tackle substance misuse

The Australian Government is investing more than $1 million to deliver 13 projects to help people tackle substance misuse in remote communities across Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs,… Continue reading

More support for survivors of child sexual abuse

Counselling and support services will be available to participants of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse thanks to $44 million from the Gillard Government. The Government is seeking applications from eligible organisations to apply for funding… Continue reading

Locals show support for DisabilityCare Australia

Bayswater North families came out in force today to show their support for DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme. Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin MP joined Federal Labor Member for Deakin, Mike Symon MP at Irabina Childhood Autism… Continue reading

Emerald pensioners get more in their pockets

More than 18,000 pensioners in La Trobe are getting more support to make ends meet with another pension boost from the Federal Government. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin today joined Member for La Trobe,… Continue reading

Income management for Laverton and Ngaanyatjarra Lands

From 15 April this year, the Australian Government will introduce income management in Laverton and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, including Kiwirrkurra, in Western Australia, to help families ensure their welfare payments are spent in the best interests of children. Income management… Continue reading

Progress for Cape York Welfare Reforms

An independent evaluation of the Cape York Welfare Reform trial has found that significant gains in the four participating communities are making a real difference in the lives of Indigenous people living in the cape. In releasing the evaluation today,… Continue reading

Port Augusta taking action to close the gap

Support services for Aboriginal people in Port Augusta will be more accessible, more accountable and better coordinated to respond to the needs of local residents with the launch of the Local Action Agreement for Closing the Gap today. The Federal… Continue reading

Pensioners fear Abbott’s cruel cuts

About 3.5 million Australian pensioners – including 678,000 Queenslanders – will be worse off under an Abbott Government. Figures from the Queensland Competition Authority, reported in today’s Courier Mail, show more than 1,000 Queensland pensioners and concession card holders have… Continue reading

New jobs for Indigenous Rangers in Northern Territory

The Gillard Government is supporting another 25 new indigenous ranger positions in the Northern Territory to help protect and conserve the environment and strengthen land and sea management. Environment Minister Tony Burke today called for applications for new Indigenous ranger… Continue reading

New Bill introduced to support native title claim

The Government today introduced legislation into the Parliament which gives effect to the settlement agreement for the Jabiru native title claim, the longest running native title claim in the Northern Territory. The Aboriginal Land Rights and Other Legislation Amendment Bill… Continue reading

Community events mark National Closing the Gap Day

Hundreds of community events will be held across Australia today to mark National Close the Gap Day. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, congratulated everyone taking part in a community event.… Continue reading

Pension boost starts today

Around 3.5 million Australian pensioners will receive a boost to their household budgets from today with an increase in the pension and the start of the new Clean Energy Supplement. From today, single pensioners on the maximum rate will receive… Continue reading

Abbott’s message to new mums: get a job

Australian women need to know that Tony Abbott plans to leave stay-at-home-mums $70,000 behind under his paid parental leave scheme, telling these mums to ‘get a job’. When asked by Madison magazine for his response to stay-at-home mums who would… Continue reading

Extra funding for playgroups to give kids a better start

Children with disability will get extra benefits from playgroup activities as a result of $600,000 funding the Gillard Government is providing to Playgroups Australia. The Minister for Families, Jenny Macklin today joined the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan… Continue reading