Policy / Government

04 September 2015

Disability advocates have slammed the Abbott Government after it placed an advertisement to replace the board of the agency that runs the National Disability Insurance Scheme without informing the current directors.

03 September 2015

The New South Wales Parliament has launched an inquiry into the abuse of elderly people, a move that has been welcomed by Not for Profit advocates.

03 September 2015

It’s time to stock and develop better data in support of a more robust National Disability Insurance Scheme or the brunt of any failure will be borne by those who live with disability, writes Professor David Gilchrist from Curtin University.

02 September 2015

Asylum seeker advocates have called for the Nauru detention centre to be shut down after a Senate inquiry found that it was not safe and that women and children had been subjected to sexual assault and rape.

01 September 2015

A peak body for Australian aid organisations has welcomed the release of a new Government strategy aimed at engaging the private sector in aid and development which it says coincides with its own research on partnering with business on “shared value” projects.

01 September 2015

The NSW Government has sold its Home Care Service to mutual provider, Australian Unity, in a move that is said to be the first of the new wave of public service mutual propositions.

01 September 2015

The abuse of people with disability remains seemingly invisible despite a Senate Inquiry into the issue and more must be done to expose it, writes the Chair of the Inquiry, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

31 August 2015

The Abbott Government has called on women who have had children to rejoin the workforce, suggesting that it may let them keep some of their welfare payments if they do so.

27 August 2015

One of the central challenges of the decline in social capital is that the factors driving it are not things we would want to reverse, writes Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh.

27 August 2015

The West Australian Government will pilot a new program to provide financial support to charities which implement measures to reduce illegal dumping at their premises.

27 August 2015

Australia’s policy solutions should be more creative around revenue and expenditure and housing affordability must be one of the keys to reform, according to Not for Profit leaders attending a national summit in Canberra.

27 August 2015

A coalition of peak disability organisations is calling for a Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in Australia, describing the abuse as a “national epidemic”.

27 August 2015

The Federal Government has commitment more than $650 million to extend Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) contracts for the next three years.

24 August 2015

Mental health experts have welcomed a Government plan to help young people with mental illness find jobs.

20 August 2015

Disability advocates are calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to confirm that the Government will deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme on time and in full, following claims of a leaked debate within Cabinet.

19 August 2015

The Abbott Government’s move to change environmental law to stop “third party” court appeals by environmental groups has been described as reckless and an unjustified overreaction by advocacy groups and independent think tank The Australia Institute.

18 August 2015

The Australian Senate has supported a motion which could force television stations to introduce audio description services for blind and vision impaired people.

18 August 2015

Access to credit provided by online sports betting companies, as well as inadequate mechanisms for limiting losses, is fuelling a dangerous increase in online sports betting and problem gambling, according to a report released today by Financial Counselling Australia.

18 August 2015

More than 17,300 people are on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with $952.8 million invested in services and equipment, according to the latest Quarterly Report released yesterday.

17 August 2015

The Australian Human Rights Commission has warned that the Abbott Government’s proposed cuts to paid parental leave would breach Australia’s international human rights obligations and increase the gender pay gap.

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