Media Releases by The Hon Julie Collins MP

Giving vulnerable Australians a StepUP

New research released today shows that the vast majority of people who participated in the Australian Government’s StepUP loan program found it had made a real difference in their lives. The Centre for Social Impact report, A little help goes… Continue reading

Building Child Aware communities

The Australian Government is providing $810,000 over the next four years to help communities better manage the impact of child abuse and neglect and deliver more targeted services for children. Speaking at the Child Aware Approaches Conference in Melbourne today,… Continue reading

Supporting our volunteers in the Dandenong Ranges

In the Dandenong Ranges today, the Federal Government brought its message to community organisations to apply for this year’s $16 million Volunteer Grants initiative. The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, and the Federal Member for LaTrobe, Laura Smyth MP,… Continue reading

More Women on Commonwealth GBE Boards

More women are sitting on the boards of the Commonwealth’s eight government business enterprises (GBEs) than ever before and, pleasingly, three women are now in Chair positions. Since coming to office, the Government has increased the number of women occupying… Continue reading

Supporting our volunteers in Fremantle

The Australian Government has brought to Fremantle today its message to community organisations to apply for this year’s $16 million Volunteer Grants Program. The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health and for Homelessness… Continue reading

Sports funding encourages women to aim higher

Scholarships of up to $30,000 and grants of up to $5000 for individuals and $10,000 for organisations are now available to help women build on their skills and advance their careers within Australia’s sporting system. On the back of International… Continue reading

A Pledge to All Women and Girls

International Women’s Day had today been marked with a pledge to continue Australia’s efforts to eliminate and prevent violence against women and girls. The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day this year is a promise: time for action to… Continue reading

Celebrating women in Australian agriculture

Australians everywhere are encouraged to celebrate the contribution of rural women this International Women’s Day. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, and Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, said 8 March was an opportunity to… Continue reading

Energy saver scheme helping vulnerable people in Greenway

The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, and the Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland, visited the Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre today to meet people benefitting from the Australian Government’s Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS). Ms Collins said Bridging the Gap, based… Continue reading

600,000 litres of UHT milk for Australians in need

A $300,000 funding boost from the Australian Government has helped Foodbank Australia to secure 600,000 litres of UHT milk for families in need. The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins and Member for Parramatta, Julie Owens, made the announcement during… Continue reading

Lending a helping hand for disadvantaged Australians

The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, has today announced an additional $1.2 million to extend an initiative that gives vulnerable Australians access to small loans and financial literacy training. Ms Collins said the Community Development Financial Institutions initiative had… Continue reading

New offers to States on funding SACS equal pay rises

The Australian Government has today sent letters to State and Territory Governments detailing final offers of the Commonwealth’s funding share of the increases for Social and Community Services (SACS) workers awarded in Fair Work Australia’s equal pay case last year.… Continue reading

Domestic violence is above politics

The Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, says it’s important the Opposition does not send mixed signals on such an important issue as domestic violence. Today the Opposition associated itself with the Minister’s answer on V-Day and the… Continue reading