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Federal election 2019

Parliament House - Australia

Between now and the federal election on Saturday, 18 May 2019, the AASW is preparing briefings and resources on key election issues that you can use to advocate for social justice with your local MP.

See our tips on meeting your local MP.

Get involved!

We have drafted a letter for candidates, available to download from the webpage, so that members can also contact the candidates for their electorate. The letter contains our position on the two main issues facing the social work profession,as well as listing the 10 policy areas in which we have made recommendations.

We have left blank spaces for you to insert the name of the candidate, and the electorate you are in. If you do not know which electorate you are in, or your candidates, please view the AEC website.

Download the letter.

ALP Response to AASW Policy Platform - May

Letter received from Brian Mitchell MP, electorate of Lyons, Tasmania - dated 13 May.

Letter received from Dustin Perry, Victorian Senate candidate for the Flux Party - dated 5 May.

Federal Election 2019: Policy Platform

This election, we will principally be advocating for social justice in the following policy areas.

See our complete Federal Election Policy Platform 2019.

Guarantee of workforce quality

Australia is the only English-speaking country which does not require social workers to be registered to ensure public protection. The AASW is for the statutory regulation of social workers. This will protect the public by ensuring that people working as social workers have completed an accredited social work degree, that they have the required competencies and that they maintain their level of skill.

AASW Position Paper: Child wellbeing and protection - November 2013

AASW Media Release: AASW calls for registration of all social workers, leading up to SA state election - 28 February 2018

Medicare, mental health and social workers’ role

The Mental Health Reference Group of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce was formed in June 2018. The AASW supports Better Access as a mechanism to meet the mental health needs of many people.

AASW Position Paper: Social work and mental health position paper - September 2012

AASW Submission to Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Re: Mental Health Items - July 2018

AASW Media Release: AMHSWs are experts in complexity, new report published today says - 19 March 2019

Reconciliation

Our platform:

  • That the next government establish a Voice to Parliament as described in the Uluru Statement from The Heart
  • That the next federal government immediately start work on the action plans required under Closing the Gap Refresh, detailing how they conform with the implementation principles
  • That the next federal government initiate measures through COAG to make states accountable for their achievements against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

AASW Statement: ‘Recognise’ - March 2015

AASW Media Release: Close the Gap Day 2018: AASW renews its call for a greater focus on social justice and reconciliation - 15 March 2018

AASW Media Release: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2018 - 9 August 2018

AASW Podcast: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples - 9 August 2018

AASW Media Release: Local adoption report published: A time to recommit to the best interests and cultural rights of Indigenous children - 27 November 2018

Liberal-National coalition

ALP

The Greens

No plan or policy listed for

  • Reconciliation,
  • Closing The Gap or
  • Aboriginal Child Placement Principle

Reference:

https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan

https://www.liberal.org.au/our-policies

“To respond to these unacceptably high rates of out-of-home care, a Shorten Labor Government will convene a national summit on First Nations Children in our first 100 days.”

Reference:

https://www.alp.org.au/policies/first-nations-children/

“A Shorten Labor Government will establish a compensation scheme for survivors of the Stolen Generations in Commonwealth jurisdictions. (It) will also establish a $10 million National Healing Fund to support healing for the Stolen Generations and their families – in recognition of the inter-generational effects of forced removal”.

https://www.alp.org.au/policies/stolen-generations-compensation-scheme/

“We must start by addressing Australia’s unfinished business through implementing a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament and establishing a path to treaties. The Australian Greens support the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full.”

“The Greens will fund a system that focuses on keeping children out of the care system in the first place and focuses on early intervention and support for children and their families including trauma and healing services.”

Reference:

https://greens.org.au/platform/equality#first-peoples

Refugees and people seeking asylum

Our platform:

  • That the next government introduce procedures and services for people seeking asylum and refugees which meet our international obligations on human rights, protect and promote the human rights of people seeking asylum and refugees; and which ensure humane, effective care while they await a decision.

AASW Media Release: AASW calls on Government to end its human rights abuses in Australia, as it takes its seat on the UN Human Rights Council - 1 March 2018AASW Position Paper: Asylum Seekers and Refugees - February 2012

AASW Media Release: Treatment of asylum seekers must be an election issue, says AASW - 19 June 2018

Liberal-National coalition

ALP

The Greens

The Coalition will

  • Continue to run Operation Sovereign Borders as it is
  • Repeal the Medevac Bill

Reference:

https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan/border-security

“Labor is committed to strong borders, turnbacks when safe to do so, offshore processing and regional resettlement…”

Reference:

www.alp.org.au/policies/labors-plan-for-strong-borders/

Without mentioning a repeal of the decision to cut funding to services for recently arrived migrants, the ALP National Platform states that it will “continuously improve” services.

The ALP will not close detention centres: “Labor will work to ensure those in detention facilities are treated with dignity and respect and have access to an appropriate standard of care and substantive access to health and education services while held in immigration detention centres” (p.281 of National Platform)

References:

ALP National Platform

“(The ALP) will reform the Community Sponsored Refugee Program to, over time, allow up to 5,000 refugees to resettle in Australia annually.

…(A) Shorten Labor Government will provide $500 million to the work of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to deliver stronger asylum seeker assessment and resettlement processes across the region.

Labor will appoint a Special Envoy for Refugee and Asylum Seeker Issues to advance Australia’s interests and leadership on refugee issues within the region, secure third country resettlement agreements, develop an Australian Refugee Commission, and provide policy advice for Australia’s Humanitarian Program.”

References:

https://www.alp.org.au/policies/labors-plan-for-addressing-the-global-humanitarian-crisis/

“The Greens believe the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres must be closed, and every single man, woman and child who are detained there brought to Australia.”

The greens have a plan to:

• End offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru

• Increase Australia’s humanitarian intake to 50,000 per year

• Establish a regional solution for people seeking asylum, including assessing people’s claims for protection in partner countries in a timely manner

• Introduce a 7 day limit for onshore detention and provide fair support for people seeking asylum to live with dignity in the community

• Abolish Temporary Protection Visas and reintroduce Permanent Protection Visas for refugees

• Establish a Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, in addition to our humanitarian intake

• Establish a Royal Commission into Australia’s immigration detention regime”

Reference: https://greens.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-03/POLICY%20INITIATIVE-compassion%20for%20refugees.pdf

Mental health

Our platform:

  • That the next government commit to implementing the recommendations of the PHN Advisory Panel on Mental Health, with a focus on the social determinants of mental health
  • That the next government commit to implementing the recommendations of the current Productivity inquiry into The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health without interfering with other reforms which are currently underway
  • That the next government set a priority to guarantee reliable telephone and internet connections to all rural and remote communities to facilitate mental health service delivery
  • That the next government legislate to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’.

AASW Position Paper: Social work and mental health - August 2012

AASW Submission to Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Re: Mental Health Items - July 2018

AASW Media Release: AMHSWs are experts in complexity, new report published today says - 19 March 2019

AASW Media Release: Social workers urge Australians to challenge assumptions and stereotypes on World Mental Health Day - 10 October 2018

AASW Media Release: Australian social workers welcome the Victorian Government’s plan to ban ‘conversion therapy’ - 7 February 2019

Liberal–National coalition

ALP

The Greens

“We will expand the headspace network by 30 – from the current 115 services to 145 by 2021, at a cost of $111 million… More than 20 new sites will be in rural and regional Australia to ensure equitable access for younger Australians living outside our major cities… We are also investing an extra $152 million in existing services to reduce wait times, improve the quality of care and assure young Australians that help is available when they need it most… To ensure that headspace is equipped to provide specialist clinical services for young Australians at the early stages of severe mental illness, we are providing $110 million to continue the Early Psychosis Youth Services program at six headspace centres nationally… Our innovative $2 million investment in the Young Ambassadors for Mental Health project will improve awareness of these services… In total we are now delivering $120 million for headspace each year.”

“We will bring a concerted focus to Indigenous suicide prevention with a $34.1 million investment to help tailor initiatives that make sense for those in need…We will provide $4.5 million to empower Indigenous leadership in suicide prevention… Understanding the value of cultural artistic and healing traditions, our Government will provide $5 million for young Indigenous leaders to participate in place-based cultural programs… We will also support communities with a $3 million investment in a centre of excellence in childhood wellness in the Illawarra… In addition we will provide $19.6 million through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to prevent Indigenous youth suicide, particularly in the Kimberley, tailored to breaking the cycle of disengagement and mental health issues in Indigenous communities…”

“… the Morrison Government will invest $2.5 million in the school-based mindfulness program, Smiling Minds, as part of Beyond Blue’s Be You mental health in education initiative… We are providing $2.9 million to batyr (sic) to boost the role of peers in encouraging others to seek help; $0.4 million for the Banksia project to expand their innovative community program and $0.6 million for a trial of peer workers in Beyond Blue’s Way Back suicide aftercare service… In addition, we have invested in a range of youth health hubs through our $1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program.”

Reference:

https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan-youth-mental-health-and-suicide-prevention

“Our $550 million Stronger Rural Health Strategy is delivering 3,000 additional doctors and more than 3,000 additional nurses and allied health professionals in rural general practice over the next decade.”

Reference:

https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan-strengthening-australias-world-class-health-system

The ALP’s National Platform states that it will “maintain and expand” the role of Primary Health Networks”, better integrate primary care, ensure that it remains affordable and improve access.

In the section titled,Access to other specialist care, the ALP’s National Platform focuses on improving services to regional and remote Australians, including telemedicine, incentives for professionals, and hub and spoke models.

In Addressing Health Inequality: Regional, rural and remote health, the ALP National Platform says that is will develop a new National Rural Health Strategy, work with local governments to address workforce issues, and “act to reduce the rate of suicide”.

The ALP commits to fully implement the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan and Implementation Plan and Closing the Gap targets

Reference:

https://www.alp.org.au/about/national-platform/

“A Shorten Labor government will…(w)ork with the states and territories on a nationwide ban on so-called ‘LGBTIQ Conversion Therapy’ ”

Reference:

www.alp.org.au/policies/a-fair-go-for-lgbtiq-australians/

“If elected, a Shorten Labor Government will…Get more elderly and low-income households connected. Labor will launch a landmark Digital Inclusion Drive to get more elderly and low-income households connected to the NBN, making our country more modern and more inclusive.”

Reference:

https://www.alp.org.au/policies/labors-plan-to-improve-the-nbn/

the ALP website does not explicitly refer to the two inquiries into mental health.

“The Greens will

• Make services effective, transparent and accessible … we will radically transform the way that health care services are governed. We will create a system that puts people above funding structures and systems.

• Improve access to online services

…(we) will ensure that more young Australians have access to the best practice online mental health therapies. These services will, over time, interact and work effectively with face-to-face services, leading to seamless interactions between the online and face-to-face worlds.

• Help young people help other young people through peer to peer services

We will make this happen by providing 1,000 places for peer to peer workers as part of our national peer workforce trial.

• Improve services for young people in crisis

(We) will provide $250 million over four years in grant funding for community-based assertive outreach programs targeted at children and young people8 • Improve access to face-to-face services by providing $25 million over the next four years for a trial of 50,000 children and young adults to each access 10 group sessions of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The trial would fund 5,000 participants in its first year and 15,000 for the following three years.

Reduce mental health stigma

the Greens will develop and provide $10 million in funding for a youth mental health stigma strategy.

Reference:

https://greens.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-04/Greens%202019%20Policy%20Platform-Youth%20Mental%20Health.pdf

“The Greens will

  • Fund prevention and early intervention

The Greens will provide $491 million in grant funding over the next decade for communities to implement assertive outreach programs, with guaranteed funding for programs targeting children and young people. We understand that specific models developed will depend on the needs of the community.

The Greens will fund online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for a total of one million users at a cost of $761 million over four years.4

  • Support people with severe mental ill health

The Greens will build a fully funded and adequately staffed NDIS. Unlike other parties, we will provide an additional $450 million for community psychosocial services.5 This will go towards bridging the gap in essential services for people who can’t access the NDIS.”

Reference:

https://greens.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-04/Greens%202019%20Policy%20Platform-%20World%20Class%20Mental%20Health.pdf

The Greens will end “gay conversion therapy”

Reference

https://greens.org.au/platform/equality#lgbtiq

People living with disability and the NDIS

Our platform:

  • That the next government commit to a national strategy to address long-term workforce capacity issues in the NDIS
  • That the next government address the system interface issues faced by people with psycho-social disability and the mental health system, the drug and alcohol service sector
  • That the next government commit to implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Violence, Neglect and Abuse of People in the Disability Care Sector.

AASW Submission to the Productivity Commission Re: National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs - March 2017

Liberal–National coalition

ALP

The Greens

No specific policies as of April 24, 2019

The ALP will work towards:

  • Flexible working arrangements for parents and carers
  • Ensuring that the National Disability Insurance Scheme “provides early intervention services for children with disability” (p.120)
  • “As a core business of Government, Labor will ensure the National Disability Insurance Agency is appropriately resourced and supported to develop and deliver high-quality plans for NDIS participants” (p.165)
  • Investing $40m in local NDIS workforce trials, and developing an NDIS workforce strategy
  • More effective collaborations with other systems, such as health and mental health
  • “Properly indexing” the Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment

Reference; National Policy Platform.

“A Shorten Labor Government will establish two-year local NDIS workforce trials in 2020 and 2021 to sustainably grow and maintain a skilled NDIS workforce…

develop a comprehensive national NDIS workforce strategy. This will be done in partnership with people with disability, families and advocates; service providers; state and territory governments; TAFE; and workers...

invest $40 million in building the NDIS workforce over the forward estimates.”

Ref:

https://www.alp.org.au/policies/ndis-more-jobs-better-services/

A Shorten Labor Government will amend the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry to include the investigation of redress.

https://www.alp.org.au/policies/royal-commission-into-violence-and-abuse-against-people-with-disability/

“The Greens will:

  • Fully fund the NDIS;
  • Provide adequate staff training and remove unnecessary staffing caps;
  • Improve IT systems and interfaces for participants and service providers.”

Ref: https://greens.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-01/Greens%202019%20Policy%20Platform%20-%20Accessible%20Australia.pdf

Income support

Our platform:

  • That the next government immediately increase the rate at which allowances for people of working age are paid to equal the amounts specified in the Minimum Income for Healthy Living
  • That the next government abolish compulsory income management and replace it with voluntary drug and alcohol services, services for people with gambling addictions and community-based investment incentive instruments
  • That the next government scrap the system of automated digital compliance in the new model and base the assistance for people to get new skills and find a job on a humane, respectful, strengths-based service.
  • That the new government abolish the Community Development Program and ParentsNext and instigate respectful strengths-based job search assistance and effective job creation programs.

JCU and AASW: National Study of Social Work Students: Briefing Paper - Important emerging findings - June 2016

AASW Media Release: Tuesday night’s Budget prioritised hip pocket savings over real help for Australia’s most disadvantaged - 11 May 2018

AASW Media Release: Increasing income support would have made a better Budget than tax cuts, say Australian social workers - 3 April 2019

Liberal–National coalition

ALP

The Greens

“Those on welfare affected by drugs and alcohol will now be required to undertake available treatment.

If it is refused, we will no longer accept drug and alcohol use as a legitimate excuse for missing a job interview or training.”

“We are also seeking to trial random drug tests for 5,000 new recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance in three locations - Canterbury Bankstown (NSW), Logan (QLD) and Mandurah (WA).”

“We are introducing stronger compliance measures, like better relationship verification steps to ensure people only receive payments they should.”

“From March 2020, the Government will introduce a new, single JobSeeker Payment, which will replace or consolidate seven existing payments.”

References

https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan/welfare

“Labor will conduct a root and branch review of Newstart – as well as related payments and supports.

The review will focus on ensuring that our safety net is alleviating poverty and helping people into the workforce. The review will examine the complex interactions between Newstart and other parts of the payments system, our tax system and employment services.”

References:

https://www.alp.org.au/policies/reviewing-newstart/

“We will immediately raise Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 per week and bring back Parenting Payment Single to help more than 90,000 single parents. We will abolish punitive measures like the cashless welfare card – because we should all be able to access income support with dignity, while being treated with respect.”

References:

https://greens.org.au/platform/services#social-services

Housing

Our platform:

  • That the next government implements a plan to end homelessness, paying particular attention to women and children needing to escape from family violence, and older single women.
  • That the next government reforms laws around rent rises and evictions to increase security for renters.
  • That the next government increases Commonwealth rent assistance to low income people.

AASW Media Release: Australian social workers recognise National Homelessness Week 2018 - 6 August 2018

AASW Media Release: Immediate action needed to address increasing homelessness, says AASW on World Homeless Day - 10 October 2018

AASW Position Statement: Housing Affordability - August 2015

AASW Position Statement: Homelessness - October 2008

Liberal–National coalition

ALP

The Greens

No new policies addressing homelessness or housing vulnerability as of April 30, 2019

“A Shorten Labor Government will immediately commence work with the states and territories on a national plan to address the issue of rising homelessness and directly invest in the supply of new affordable rental housing and transitional housing for vulnerable groups.

Labor will:

  • Develop and implement a national plan to reduce homelessness through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
  • Build 250,000 new affordable rental homes over ten years – helping priority groups at-risk of experiencing homelessness to secure long-term, affordable, and stable accommodation.
  • Invest $88 million over two years for a new Safe Housing Fund to increase transitional housing options for women and children escaping domestic and family violence, young people exiting out-of-home care and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness.
  • Reinstate a Minister for Housing and Homelessness, and re-establish the National Housing Supply Council.
  • Reform negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions, along with other reforms to improve housing supply and affordability.”

References:

The Greens will

  • “…establish a Federal Housing Trust that issues loans for states, territories and community housing providers to build new affordable homes over the next fifteen years.”
  • “Protect and further tenants’ rights by establishing a national standard for residential tenancy agreement.”
  • Commit $500m per year to crisis services.”
  • “Undertake tax reforms such as winding back negative gearing and the Capital Gains Tax discount.”

Ref: https://greens.org.au/platform/homes#housing-trust

Aged care

Our platform:

  • That the next government create and implement a national strategy to prevent elder abuse
  • That the next government commit to implementing the forthcoming Recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Aged Care quality and Safety
  • That the next government introduce a budget measure and policy change to ensure equitable access to mental health services for residents of aged care facilities.

AASW Position Paper: Ageing in Australia - April 2013

AASW Media Release: Australian social workers welcome the Royal Commission into aged care - 19 September 2018

AASW Media Release: AASW strongly supports national strategy to stop elder abuse - 22 February 2018

AASW Media Release: Elder abuse takes many forms and requires a community response, says AASW on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - 15 June 2018

Liberal–National coalition

ALP

The Greens

The National Party will allocate $282.4 million for more Home Care packages.

Reference:

http://nationals.org.au/policies/quality-local-healthcare-and-education-choices/

In Chapter 6 of the National Platform, c “New Opportunities for an ageing Australia”, the ALP states that they will

  • Address the prevalence of elder abuse (without saying how)
  • Implement their Living Longer, Living Better reforms, to strengthen the aged care system
  • Expand community-based legal services to assist older Australians experiencing abuse
  • Ensure consistent quality of care in residential aged care services
  • Act on the principle of ‘consumer-directed care’
  • Work with the sector to develop and implement an aged care workforce strategy to improve sector capacity and maintain and enhance quality standards
  • Support “a transition period beyond 2020 to enable appropriate reforms resulting from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to be properly considered and implemented” (p.111)

Reference:

https://www.alp.org.au/about/national-platform/

“The Greens will:

• Guarantee a human rights-based approach to aged care

• Provide funding for an additional 50,000 level 3 and 4 Home Care Packages over three years at a cost of $5.491 billion

• Commit an initial investment of $3 billion to:

  • Increase hours of care provided to each resident in residential aged care to four hours and eighteen minutes per day
  • Require staff-to-resident ratios that ensure an adequate level of care including a minimum of one registered nurse rostered 24/7

• Increase pay for aged care workers by 15%

• End the use of chemical and physical restraints in aged care facilities

• Review the Aged Care Funding Instrument.”

References:

https://greens.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-03/Greens%202019%20Policy%20Platform-Aged%20Care%20.pdf

Redress

Our platform:

  • That the next government commit to reform the Redress Scheme so that it conforms with the recommendations of the Royal Commission
  • That the next government legislate to extend the availability of the personal statement and apology to family members, regardless of whether the person who was abused is still alive.

AASW Media Release: AASW urges a strengthening of the proposed redress scheme for survivors of institutional sexual abuse - 15 February 2018

AASW Media Release: Child Protection Week 2018: AASW renews its call for greater investment in early intervention and workforce regulation - 31 August 2018

Liberal–National coalition

ALP

The Greens

No explicit mention of the National Redress Scheme.

Reference:

https://www.liberal.org.au/our-policies

The ALP will

  • “Implement the National Redress Scheme in a way that puts the interest of survivors of institutional child sexual abuse first”
  • “Work with state and territory governments, institutions, survivors and victims of child sexual abuse to address each of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.”

Reference: ALP National Platform

No explicit mention of the National Redress Scheme.

Reference:

https://greens.org.au/platform/services

Family violence

Our platform:

  • That the next federal government commit to implementing the recommendations of the Senate report on: “A Better Family Law System to Support and Protect Those Affected by Family Violence”, and the Australian Law Reform Commission’s First Comprehensive Review of the Family Law Act
  • That the next government commit to using the recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence as a blueprint for national systemic reforms.

AASW Position Paper: Domestic and Family Violence - July 2011

AASW Submission to Parliamentary inquiry into a better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence - May 2017

Liberal – National coalition

ALP

The Greens

“We are investing $78 million to build or buy new emergency shelters for families affected by domestic violence and to fund programs that keep women and children safe in their homes.”

Reference:

https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan/women

LABOR'S PLAN

  • Double Fourth Action Plan funding for refuges and emergency accommodation. Investing an additional $60 million, meaning more refuges in areas of need, modern core-and-cluster facilities that accommodate older children and pets, accessibility upgrades, and better facilities for younger children. $20 million of this investment will be set aside for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander refuges and safe houses.
  • More transitional and affordable housing. Establishing an $88 million Safe Housing Fund to deliver transitional and emergency housing for women and children escaping violence, older women at risk of homelessness and young people exiting out of home care. We will also construct 250,000 affordable homes, helping women and children escaping family violence to quickly find stability and re-build their lives.
  • More legal assistance: Establishing a $90 million Preventing Family Violence Legal Services Fund, including:
    • $42.5 million extra for Community Legal Centres. This will mean 115,000 more women able to access professional legal assistance when they need it most.
    • $21.5 million extra for Family Violence Prevention Legal Centres. This will make dedicated legal support available to First Nations women in more areas and provide a much-needed boost in areas where women are currently being turned away because of inadequate funding.
    • $21 million to double the number of Specialist Domestic Violence Units and Health Justice partnerships. This will mean an additional 18 Specialist Domestic Violence units and five extra Health Justice Partnerships – providing specialist support to women in hospitals, health services and in the community.
    • $5 million to support the expansion of Family and Domestic Violence courts by establishing national standards and providing training for judicial and court officers.
  • Community led responses. Providing $62 million in Local Community Prevention and Frontline Service Grants, including dedicated streams for First Nations women, women with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse women and LGBTIQ people.
  • Flexible Support Packages: Investing $60 million in 20,000 Flexible Support Packages of up to $10,000 to support people escaping family violence in the ways that help them the most - such as rent, furniture, transport, medication, home security and transport costs.
  • Paid domestic violence leave: Legislating 10 days paid domestic violence leave as part of the National Employment Standard. Because people experiencing family violence should not have to choose between leaving a violent relationship and keeping their job.

Better Centrelink Services: Supporting women and their children, including through:

  • 25 Family Violence Specialists to provide trauma informed and rapid support for people experiencing family violence – including through co-location with specialist family violence services.
  • Priority processing and a dedicated Family Violence phone line, to make sure people get payments quickly and can get straight through to a specialist who can support them.
  • Extending the Crisis Payment claim window to four weeks in cases of family violence, as people are often unable to claim without the current one-week window.
  • Waiving social security debt incurred through family violence coercion and pursuing perpetrators for the debt when safe to do so.
  • Reviewing Centrelink processes and services to make sure staff have up-to-date family violence training. And making it easier for people to identify that they are experiencing family violence and get help; on the phone, at terminals, through forms and at Centrelink office
  • supporting Women on temporary visas: Reviewing immigration and social security arrangements and invest $5 million in services and interpreters. The Australian Law Reform Commission and the Victorian Royal Commission have recommended changes, as visa status is often used control women and temporary residents can struggle to access the services they need.
  • Recognising economic abuse: Changing the law to ensure that economic abuse is a recognised form of family violence, and that dowry abuse can be one of many kinds of financial abuse.
  • Tackling forced marriage: Introducing forced marriage protection orders and establishing a Commonwealth Forced Marriage Unit to assist victims, at a cost of $13.6 million.

REFERENCES

https://www.alp.org.au/policies/preventing-family-violence/

“The Greens will

…create a new ten-year, $5.3 billion National Partnership Agreement on Domestic Violence and Violence Against Women between state and federal governments.”

…provide 10- year funding certainty for frontline response services and radically boost their funding by investing $2.2 billion over four years as part of the 10 year commitment

…increase and provide long-term secure funding support for Our Watch and ANROWS (Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety), the national primary prevention and cultural change experts.

…commit an additional $200 million over four years to a Survivor Grant fund, which would give up to 50,000 FDV survivors grants of up to $4000, helping approximately 1,000 survivors each month.”

Reference:

https://greens.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-03/POLICY%20INITIATIVE-Equality%20for%20women.pdf

Sustainability

Our platform:

  • That the next government provide regular indicator-based assessments to parliament tracking Australia's performance against the Sustainable Development Goals
  • That the next government adopt a climate change policy which ensures that the costs associated with a changing climate are distributed equitably.

Liberal–National coalition

ALP

The Greens

No explicit mention of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Reference

https://www.liberal.org.au/our-policies

“Our Climate Solutions Package will help achieve these objectives. Specific initiatives include:

  • A $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund. This will help farmers, small businesses and Indigenous communities reduce emissions, lower energy costs and improve the natural environment. This will build on the success of the Emissions Reduction Fund which has delivered 193 million tonnes of emissions reductions
  • …Helping households and businesses improve energy efficiency

Reference:

“Our plan for affordable, reliable power includes: a price safety net to protect customers.”

Reference:

https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan/energy

The ALP “will deliver on our international obligations including Sustainable Development” (p.81).

Ref: ALP National Platform

“A Shorten Labor Government will increase Official Development Assistance as a percentage of Gross National Income (GNI) every year that we are in office, starting with our first Budget.”

Reference:

https://www.alp.org.au/policies/labors-plan-for-international-development-assistance/

“The Greens will

increase aid and development to 0.7% GNI by 2030…(and) establish an independent oversight agency and reinstate a minister for international development and the pacific.”

… “In addition, the Greens will commit climate finance of $1.32 billion in 2019-20 and $1.6 billion per year of the forward estimates thereafter, additional to the aid budget.”

Reference:

https://greens.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-03/Greens%202019%20Policy%20Platform-Peace%20%26%20demilitarisation.pdf

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers