Media Releases by The Hon Mal Brough MP

In Home Care – The Way Forward

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today released the Final Evaluation Report: In Home Care and the initial Government response providing for a stronger and more flexible In Home Care system. The In Home Care program… Continue reading

International Volunteer Day celebrated

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today encouraged organisations to recognise the work of their volunteers. Mr Brough said this year marked the 20th anniversary of International Volunteer Day by the United Nations General Assembly in… Continue reading

Brough outlines blueprint for action in Indigenous Affairs

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today outlined the Government’s blueprint for action in Indigenous Affairs in an address for the Indigenous Governance Series hosted by the National Institute of Governance. Second rate standards and second… Continue reading

Encouraging Philanthropy through Improved Tax Deductions

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough and the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, Peter Dutton MP, today announced improvements to taxation deductibility provisions that affect fundraising charity dinners and events. The changes to the ‘Minor… Continue reading

Australian Government Payments to Increase

Nearly 769,000 students, carers and youth disability pension recipients will receive increases in their payments from 1 January 2007. Ministers for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, and Employment and Workplace Relations,… Continue reading

Child Support legislation passes Parliament

External review of Child Support Agency decisions by the Social Security Appeals Tribunal will take effect from 1 January next year following the passing of the Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support scheme – New Formula and… Continue reading

Government delivers over $6 million to volunteers

Australian Government funding of over $6 million has been announced to deliver grants of up to $3,000 to more than 2,800 community organisations across Australia. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today announced the successful… Continue reading

First Senior Volunteer signs up

Australia’s first Senior Volunteer, Helen McLaughlin today signed up to lend her skills to Australian Indigenous communities. Mrs McLaughlin, who has worked in Indigenous Affairs for the last 30 years and retires next month, has set her sights on heading… Continue reading

Extension to permit consultation

After consultation with the Northern Land Council (NLC) and others, the Government has decided to extend the permit system discussion paper consultation period until the end of February. I reiterate this is about removing the permit system from public places… Continue reading

Army celebrates 10 years of service to Indigenous communities

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP), a Howard Government initiative in partnership with the Army and Indigenous communities that has provided improved health and living conditions for Indigenous people across Australia. Projects mainly… Continue reading

Changes to Baby Bonus for under 18 Year Olds

Young mums will be supported from 1 January 2007 in managing their Baby Bonus through payment by instalments. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said that the compulsory incremental paympent system for those under 18… Continue reading

Choice magazine survey paints incorrect picture

A child care survey published in the November edition of Choice magazine provides an incorrect picture of child care in Australia. Noting that the majority of parents surveyed in the article have children in care, the survey repeats the myth… Continue reading

Pool delivers change in Mimili

The opening today of the Mimili pool, the first of three Commonwealth-funded pools for the APY Lands, was an indication of the Australian Government’s commitment to assisting communities to take charge of local truancy issues. Minister for Families, Community Services… Continue reading

Celebrating National Playgroups Day

National Playgroups Day is a perfect opportunity for mums, dads, grandparents, caregivers and children to celebrate the value of playgroups around Australia. Mr Brough said the Australian Government supported initiative had allowed many playgroups around Australia to celebrate the important… Continue reading

National Child Care Management System

The Australian Government will invest $73.2 million to develop a national Child Care Management System (CCMS) to provide the best information on child care supply, usage and demand data that has ever been available in Australia for families, services and… Continue reading