Media Releases by Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion

Extra funding for disability advocacy agencies

Ten new regional areas will receive improved disability advocacy services following an announcement today from Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion. ‘A national review identified particular ‘hot-spots’ across the country that were in need of a boost in their… Continue reading

Workshops to help understand mental health carers

A series of Australian Government funded workshops will be held in communities across the country to gain a vital insight into the experiences and needs of carers. To coincide with Mental Health Week, the Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel… Continue reading

$35 million respite for mental health carers

In a boost to carers of mental health sufferers, Minister for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion today announced more than $35 million in funding to build and expand respite services for people with severe mental illness/psychiatric disability, people with intellectual… Continue reading

$80,000 for a conversation for the future

A new youth survey is set to capture the policy ideas of young Australia with Minister for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion today announcing funding of $80 000 for the United Nations Youth Association (UNYA) to conduct the Youth Speak:… Continue reading

MyTime for NT families

Minster for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion today launched the first of three peer support groups to be established in the Northern Territory for parents of young children with disability. The $9 million nation-wide peer support program called MyTime will… Continue reading

Who cares? Young people

At least one in every ten young people has some level of responsibility as a carer at home, which means that there are likely to be two or three young carers in every school classroom. The needs of these young… Continue reading

Funding for homelessness services in NSW

Australian Government funding of $933,000 will go towards supporting homelessness services in New South Wales. The funding is part of the Innovation and Investment Plan under the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) V. The services to receive the funding were… Continue reading

New mental health website launched

The Australian Government has launched a comprehensive website that provides up-to-date information on mental health and wellbeing, including information on the Government’s mental health programs.

Expansion of successful mental health program

A successful Australian Government program assisting people suffering from severe mental health problems was expanded today with the announcement of 48 new sites across Australia. Addressing a workshop of Personal Helpers and Mentors in Canberra today, Minister for Community Services,… Continue reading

Boost to training for Indigenous women

Indigenous women in Tasmania will receive new training and skills to help prepare them to enter the workforce. The Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Joe Hockey MP have… Continue reading

Government calls on input from Townsville community

The Australian Government will be consulting with the Townsville community about the best way forward to provide both supported accommodation for people with disability and social housing for north Queensland. Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion and Member for… Continue reading

Young Aussies chosen for Commonwealth Forum

Two young Australians with impressive records of community service and youth work have been chosen to represent the country at the sixth Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) in Uganda at the end of this year. Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel… Continue reading

Toolkit to encourage more diversity in volunteering

An Australian Government funded resource kit will help to encourage more Australians from diverse cultural backgrounds to participate in volunteering in the wider community. The Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues,… Continue reading

Providing flexible help to young people in need

Young people coming out of institutions like juvenile justice will continue to be supported by the Australian Government with the Minister for Community Services Nigel Scullion today announcing a NSW South Coast organisation will now deliver the Transition to Independent… Continue reading

Funding for homelessness projects

Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion today announced $155,400 in funding to further support Australians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, at the National Homeless Persons Week breakfast at Parliament House in Canberra. The breakfast brought together… Continue reading

Home is where the help is

Up to 2190 at-risk Australian families have avoided homelessness after they were helped by an Australian Government program that assists people resolve personal and financial issues before they end up on the streets. Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion… Continue reading

$1.5 million for Year of the Scout

Scouts Australia will receive a $1.5 million dollar boost from the Australian Government to help support 2008 as the Year of the Scout. Minister for Community Services Nigel Scullion announced the funding today at Scout Headquarters ‘The Barn’ Whaling Station… Continue reading

Specialist disability advocacy service opens in Melbourne

Advocacy support for people with disability living in Melbourne’s western metropolitan areas will be boosted following the Australian Government’s commitment of $72,000 for Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC). Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion, today officially opened… Continue reading

Snapshot of the community housing sector

The Community Housing Federation of Australia’s (CHFA) 2005-06 Community Housing Mapping Project, launched today by Minister for Community Services Senator Nigel Scullion, has revealed a diverse and complex community housing sector. The Mapping Project captures information on trends and key… Continue reading

Funding available for new respite services

The supply of respite places is set to increase with the Australian Government encouraging non-government organisations (NGO’s) to apply for funding to build their capacity to deliver respite services. The Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion, said tenders are… Continue reading

Nominate a young Australian who makes you proud

Nominations to highlight the achievements of a young person you think is deserving of the title 2008 Young Australian of the Year, are now open. Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion, today encouraged Australians to nominate young people who… Continue reading