Acknowledging the Work of President Branson

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon today thanked the Hon Catherine Branson QC for her service as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission following her decision to step down at the end of July this year for personal reasons. President Branson has held the position of President with distinction, since October 2008 and Human Rights Commissioner since … Continued

Equal Remuneration Case

This decision relates primarily to an application made by the Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union (ASU) on its own behalf and on behalf of a number of other unions for an equal remuneration order under Part 2-7 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) in the social, community and disability services industry … Continued

Historic Day as Gender Paygap Narrows

  Big pay rises for more than 150,000 community sector workers will help narrow the large pay gap between men arid women in Australia after a historic equal pay decision by the workplace tribunal. Once annual award increases are factored in, the Fair Work Australia decision is expected to boost the pay of the mostly … Continued

Disability Carers and Support Inquiry Report

Closing date: August 10, 2011

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme. Amongst other things, the inquiry examined:  how a scheme should be designed and funded to better meet the long-term needs of people with disability, their families and carers how to determine the people most in … Continued

Your Ideas about Communication Tools

This Easy English document was produced as part of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s Review of access to telecommunication services by people with disability, older Australians and people experiencing illness. This is a great opportunity for people with disability to have a say about the ways they use technology to communicate.

A New Ten Year Plan for Mental Health

Today the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, invited Australians to help carve out the future of our mental health system with the release of the draft Ten-Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform for public … Continued

Putting Disability Reform at the Centre of Government

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to firmly place disability reform at the centre of the Gillard Government. Ms Macklin has been appointed to the new position of Minister for Disability Reform, in addition to her responsibilities as Minister for Families, Community Services … Continued

Reforming the Disability Support Pension

A new report confirms the Gillard Government’s reforms to better target the Disability Support Pension (DSP) are working. Over the last three budgets, the Government has initiated a series of reforms that are fundamentally overhauling key aspects of the disability support pension. The report, Characteristics of Disability Support Pension Recipients June 2011, profiles the 818,850 … Continued

Changes to the Ministry

On Monday 12th December the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, announced a number of changes to the Ministry and the Cabinet. These changes to the Ministry reflect the high priority the Government places on the important social policy reforms we will pursue over the next year. The changes that will effect the disability sector include The … Continued