Media Releases by Senator the Hon Kay Patterson

Almost 17,000 extra Outside School Hours Care places

:Almost 17,000 extra Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) places will be delivered across 900 before school, after school and vacation care services as part of the Howard Government’s ongoing commitment to further help families access quality child care. The Minister… Continue reading

Government Welcomes Vivian Solon’s Return

The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today welcomed Ms Vivian Solon’s return to Australia. Senator Patterson said her priority has always been Ms Solon’s health and well-being, and believed her needs were best met in a… Continue reading

Support for new African families in South-East Melbourne

The Howard Government will deliver more than $585,000 in funding to a new project which will provide relationship support assistance to recently arrived humanitarian entrant families from African countries. The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today… Continue reading

Government supports Waverley Industries with $420,000

The Howard Government will deliver $420,000 to Waverley Industries, which will help it expand its invaluable service in the disability business service sector and provide more job opportunities for people with disabilities. The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator… Continue reading

$300,000 for migrant parenting project

The Howard Government will deliver $300,000 in funding to the Migrant Information Centre to help recently arrived migrants and refugees living in Melbourne’s east with their parenting needs and managing their family relationships. The Minister for Family and Community Services,… Continue reading

Howard Government help for new arrivals

A new project supported by the Howard Government will help around 300 Melbourne humanitarian entrant families maintain strong family relationships and adjust to life in Australia. The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today launched Stronger Families… Continue reading

Safe Havens For Children In Indigenous Communities

Four Indigenous communities in Queensland have been chosen as sites for “Safe Havens”, new temporary homes for children and young people wishing to escape potential harm caused by family violence. The Australian and Queensland Governments will combine to provide almost… Continue reading

Howard Government enhances support for the Child Care Industry

Child care providers will, for the first time receive more comprehensive assistance, following the selection of preferred providers as Professional Support Coordinators. The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today announced the organisations, which will work with… Continue reading

Awards for Local Government excellence

:The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, last night presented awards at the 2005 National Awards for Local Government to winners for outstanding achievements in child care, strengthening communities, partnerships and Indigenous communities. “I am particularly pleased… Continue reading

Unprecedented Funding for Crisis Accommodation

The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today said the Howard Government’s commitment to support people needing crisis accommodation could not be questioned. “Under the new Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP V) the funding will be increased… Continue reading

$2 million windfall for Kwinana families

┬áThe Howard Government will deliver $2 million in funding over three years for projects in Kwinana, Western Australia, under the $142 million Communities for Childreninitiative. The Minister for Family and Communities Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today officially launched the Kwinana… Continue reading

Online BizAbility

For the first time access to an online catalogue of products and services offered by disability business services across Australia is available.The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today officially launched a new disability business website(www.bizAbility.com.au), at… Continue reading

New direction for ethnic disability services

Today’s release of the National Ethnic Disability Alliance’s (NEDA) innovative strategic plan sets out its future direction in supporting people with a disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today… Continue reading

Supporting extraordinary Australians

Australia’s 2.6 million carers will be better supported in their caring role with the aid of a useful reference guide produced by the Howard Government and Carers Australia. The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today officially… Continue reading

Networking Women Across Australia

Coinciding with World Rural Women’s Day, two unique and innovative information resources linking women’s organisations and community groups throughout Australia have been launched in Melbourne. The Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s… Continue reading

Minister launches new suicide assessment tool

A new e-Learning tool to help reduce the suicide rate and the immeasurable impact of suicide on families has been launched today by Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson. Senator Patterson said the Suicide Assessment and Intervention:… Continue reading