Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Launch of DisabilityCare Australia in Western Australia

DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, will become a truly national scheme with the historic agreement today between the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments to a two year launch, commencing from July 2014. The Commonwealth and WA Government will… Continue reading

Coalition tells families: “watch what we do”

Joe Hockey has once again refused to endorse his own party’s unfair and costly paid parental leave policy and left Australian families in the dark. This morning the Shadow Treasurer continued to run away from the Opposition’s paid parental policy… Continue reading

Welcoming new members to disability and carer council

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth, today appointed two new co-chairs and welcomed three new members to the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council. Ms Macklin and Ms Rishworth congratulated… Continue reading

Labor supports families in Aston

The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin today visited Rowville Lakes Early Learning Centre to talk to local families about how Labor is making sure Australian children get the best start in life. “Labor wants to… Continue reading

Delivering DisabilityCare Australia for Dunkley

People with disability, their families and carers came together in Mornington today to celebrate DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, being rolled out across Victoria. The Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin visited Biala Peninsula to update local residents… Continue reading

Supporting communities and job seekers in remote Australia

Sixteen organisations will share in $4.6 million from the Labor Government’s Community Development Fund to help deliver projects to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, participation and community development in remote communities across Australia. The Australian Government recognises the… Continue reading

DisabilityCare Australia at home in Geelong

DisabilityCare Australia’s headquarters is one step closer to opening its doors, with a site selected for the initial head office location in Geelong. The DisabilityCare head office will be located at 43 Brougham Street in Geelong’s waterfront precinct, before moving… Continue reading

Supporting Indigenous women across Australia

Indigenous women’s leadership, education and health initiatives are among 58 projects from across the nation to share in more than $3 million from the Labor Government through the Indigenous Women’s Grants program. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, said… Continue reading

Appointment of Race Discrimination Commissioner

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today announced the appointment of Dr Tim Soutphommasane as Race Discrimination Commissioner. “Australian multiculturalism is about embracing and benefiting from the strength of our cultural diversity,” Mr Dreyfus said. “I congratulate Dr Soutphommasane on his appointment… Continue reading

Supporting people with mental illness in Halls Creek

People with severe mental illness in Halls Creek will have greater access to support services and other practical assistance thanks to more than $1.5 million in funding for Yura Yungi Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation. Minister for Families, Community Services and… Continue reading

Volunteers’ efforts recognised through $16 million in grants

Thousands of not-for-profit community organisations across Australia will share $16 million in Federal Government grants to support the nation’s volunteers. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin and Minister for Community Services Julie Collins today announced the… Continue reading

Finalists announced for National Disability Awards

Australia’s first ever fully accessible theatre performance for deaf, blind, sighted and hearing audiences, an apprenticeship employment program for people with disability and an iPad and iPhone application that personalises care needs for use by all people with disability are… Continue reading

Building stronger communities in the Northern Territory

The Australian Government is providing 33 organisations in the Northern Territory with more than $10 million over three years to strengthen their governance and service delivery arrangements to ensure Aboriginal communities are getting the greatest benefit from local services. Minister… Continue reading

Creating stronger futures for children in the Territory

Children and families in five remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory will benefit from extra support services with more than $11 million in funding under Federal Labor’s Stronger Communities for Children initiative. The Australian Government today announced the organisations… Continue reading

Supporting people with mental illness in Ceduna.

People with severe mental illness in Ceduna will have greater access to support services and other practical assistance thanks to more than $1 million in funding for Centacare Catholic Family Services SA. Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin said the… Continue reading

Continued support for Aboriginal people in the Illawarra

Aboriginal people in the Illawarra region of New South Wales will benefit from improved job opportunities and housing following the extension of the Illawarra Regional Partnership Agreement. The Federal Labor Government will provide $170,000 in 2013-14 to support the agreement… Continue reading