Media Releases by Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion

More protection, less red tape for Indigenous corporations

Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion, today launched new legislation that provides Indigenous corporations with the same protections and standards as other mainstream Australian corporations. Speaking at the launch in Darwin Senator Scullion said the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres… Continue reading

More jobs for people with disability

As part of a new package of support for people with disability and their families, the Australian Government has announced a $100.9 million plan to help people with disability find jobs. Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion today said… Continue reading

Competition showcases talented young Aussies

A break-dancing hip-hop group, a Tasmanian photography student and a young lawyer were among the National Youth Week Talent Competition winners announced today. Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion said a high standard had been set by the hundreds… Continue reading

Funding to help employ Victorians with disability

Two Victorian business services which employ people with disability will receive a boost of more than $240,000 from the Australian Government under the Business Services Assistance Package (BSAP). Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion today announced the additional funding,… Continue reading

States bill to homebuyers – $19 billion

Homebuyers and renters affected by housing affordability will not be surprised by revelations in the media today that states and territories have reaped a record $19 billion in property taxes and charges over the past year. In yesterday’s Senate Question… Continue reading

$45 million towards addressing mental illness

The mental health of indigenous families will be one of the key focus areas of the Mental Health Community Based program, Minister for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion said today. The Australian Government is providing $45.2 million in a number… Continue reading

Figures show rent assistance eases housing stress

Rent Assistance from the Australian Government has significantly improved housing affordability outcomes for certain sectors of the community, Minister for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion said today. In March 2007, Rent Assistance reduced the proportion of recipients who would need… Continue reading

Funding boost for volunteers across Australia

Fifty Volunteer Resource Centres across Australia will have their funding significantly increased following an announcement from Minister for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion today. Under the expanded Volunteer Management Program $4.8 million in funding will be made available to Volunteer… Continue reading

Nominations for Inaugural National Disability Awards open

Achievements of people with disability and contributions to the disability sector will be recognised in the Inaugural National Disability Awards, to be announced on International Day of People with Disability, 3 December 2007. Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion,… Continue reading

‘Fine’ refurbishment for Flagstaff Wollongong

Funding from the Australian Government has allowed a major employer of people with a disability in the Illawarra region to expand its business, Minister for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion said today. Speaking at the official opening of the newly… Continue reading

A snaphot of Australian youth

A snapshot of Australian youth reveals a vast majority are generally happy, healthy and working or studying full time, Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion said today. While launching the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report, Young… Continue reading

Opportunity for Indigenous Youth in Orange

Minster for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion today welcomed the signing of an agreement to mentor young Indigenous youth in Orange in an effort to reduce crime and disconnection within the community. The Better Pathways Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) between… Continue reading

Congratulating South Australia Volunteers

More than 50 per cent of South Australians contributed over 7500 hours of volunteer time last year, Minister for Community Services Nigel Scullion said today. ‘South Australia has a long history of people donating their time and the fact that… Continue reading

Thanking the wheels behind the meals

Around 55 volunteers who work tirelessly for City of Sydney Meals on Wheels were surprised today with certificates of appreciation, celebrating and acknowledging their hard work throughout the year. Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion visited the organisation in… Continue reading

Housing affordability can’t risk Labor

Minister for Community Services Nigel Scullion today said the election of a Federal Labor Government could contribute to the housing affordability crisis with fears that building costs would increase under the Labor Party’s industrial relations policy. ‘Housing affordability is already… Continue reading

Support for volunteers boosted

Volunteering organisations will benefit from reduced red tape and easier access to training following an additional $4 million in Australian Government funding, announced as part of the Federal Budget 2007-08. Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion, today said funding… Continue reading

Australia thanks our volunteers

The Australian Government would like to thank the 6.3 million volunteers across the country for their dedication and hard work throughout the year, Minister for Community Services Nigel Scullion said today. ‘As we celebrate National Volunteer Week (14-20 May 2007),… Continue reading

Respite support for carers

A further 1,000 carers of young people with a severe or profound disability will have access to respite support as part of a $6 million Federal Budget 2007-08 initiative. The Minister for Community Services, Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion, today… Continue reading

Australian Government Department leads on energy efficiency

Canberra’s first building designed to achieve a five star Australian Greenhouse Building Rating has been completed for occupancy by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion, today officially opened Centraplaza, a… Continue reading

Funding to extend disability advocacy services

Minister for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion today announced up to $600,000 to expand individual disability advocacy services in rural and remote areas following a review which highlighted the need for more advocacy services in non-metropolitan Australia. ‘A recent review… Continue reading