Media Releases by The Hon Bill Shorten MP

Government launches disability employment discussion paper

The Gillard Government today released a discussion paper on improved support to Australians with severe or profound disability who need supported employment through Australian Disability Enterprises. Community Services Minister, Jenny Macklin, said the discussion paper, Inclusion for people with disability… Continue reading

Promoting livable housing design in Australia

Leaders of the housing industry, disability sector and community have today agreed to an aspirational target that all new homes will be built to disability-friendly Livable Housing Design standards by 2020. Today’s announcement is the outcome of the National Dialogue… Continue reading

$700,000 for Barkuma disability enterprise building upgrade

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, today announced $700,000 in funding to the Australian Disability Enterprise Barkuma, for refurbishments to its factory in Campbelltown, in Adelaide. Mr Shorten said the funding would allow Barkuma to improve the… Continue reading

National consultation on disabilities convention report

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, today announced a national public consultation process on Australia’s first report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Under the Convention, Australia… Continue reading

$3 million Innovation Fund boost for disability employment

Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib today announced Round 3 of the Rudd Government’s Innovation Fund will include $3 million for social enterprises focussed on jobseekers with disability. Speaking at the national ACE Disability Employment Services Conference in Hobart today Senator… Continue reading

Call for more organisations to join Companion Card Scheme

The Minister for Community Services, Jenny Macklin, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Bill Shorten, today called on more Australian organisations to join the National Companion Card scheme to help make entertainment, sport and recreational activities more accessible to people… Continue reading

Government supporting Australians with disability

People with disability are going to be encouraged to participate in landmark reforms that will help the Rudd Government deliver lasting gains in this important area of policy. The Government is investing $520,000 to involve people with disability, their families… Continue reading