Media Releases by The Hon Julie Collins MP

New foundation to prevent violence against women

A new national foundation has been created to engage and raise awareness in the community on the prevention of violence against women and their children. Federal Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins and Victorian Minister for Community Services… Continue reading

Official opening of Hobart DisabilityCare Australia office

The Hobart office of DisabilityCare Australia was officially opened today by Commonwealth Minister for Community Services and local Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins. “The historic launch of DisabilityCare Australia means that young people with significant and permanent disability here… Continue reading

Minister leads Australian delegation to Bangladesh

Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins is, this week, leading an Australian Government delegation to Bangladesh, representing Australia as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office at the 10th Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (WAMM) in Dhaka. Ms Collins said the meeting provided a… Continue reading

Funding boost for Foodbank Australia

Foodbank Australia will be able to deliver more food to Australians in need thanks to a $300,000 funding boost from the Australian Government. The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, announced the extra funding today at the Risdon Vale Neighbourhood… Continue reading

ACT accepts offer for SACS workers’ pay rises

The Australian Capital Territory today reached an agreement with the Australian Government on funding the historic pay increases already flowing to the territory’s Social and Community Services (SACS) workers. The Federal Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, said she was… Continue reading

More support for women in male dominated industries

Women will be better supported to break into traditionally male-dominated industries following the launch today of a new toolkit for employers. Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins said the toolkit provides practical assistance to attract and retain women… Continue reading

Increased support for financial counselling services

More Australians will be able to access free confidential financial counselling thanks to a funding boost from the Gillard Government. An additional $340,000 will take total funding for the national financial counselling helpline to $5.3 million. The Minister for Community… Continue reading

Chair of Past Forced Adoptions Working Group

An eminent person closely involved in the national apology on forced adoptions has been appointed to chair the working group charged with helping deliver on the Australian Government’s commitments to provide better support for Australians impacted by past forced adoption… Continue reading

Supporting leadership opportunities for women

The 2013-14 Budget continues the Gillard Government’s commitment to supporting more Australian women into leadership positions, with additional funding of $4.3 million for BoardLinks over five years from 2011-12. The Government established BoardLinks to improve the participation of women on… Continue reading

Extra support for disaster areas of Tasmania and Queensland

The Australian Government is providing additional support to 14 organisations providing emergency relief to people impacted by the natural disasters in Tasmania and Queensland earlier this year. The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, said the organisations in Tasmania’s Clarence,… Continue reading

Strengthening approaches to protecting vulnerable children

A community-driven child safety initiative, Child Aware Approaches, will receive an additional $760,000 over two years from the Australian Government to strengthen prevention and early intervention strategies in protecting children. The Australian Government will also provide $45,000 to the Australian… Continue reading

WorkChoices good for women: Hockey

The Howard Government’s last Workplace Relations Minister and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has today defended the extreme workplace laws he oversaw as Minister. He told an Executive Women Australia function in Sydney: “I was the last Coalition Minister for Workplace… Continue reading