Inadequate housing or respite for 50,000 with a disability

Federal Government projections show that a decline in the willingness of people to take on informal caring roles could have a substantial negative effect on the future supply of informal care, resulting in increased demand for formal services.

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Child care benefits increase

Child-care benefits to help parents with the cost of care increased by more than 10 per cent on July 1 – largely thanks to the vigorous advocacy campaign by the Taskforce on Care Costs (TOCC), of which the Working Carers Support Gateway is a member.

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Special Wage Permits

Employers as well as families and carers of people with a disability can benefit from learning about Special Wage Permits, which may be helpful in securing a job for a person with a disability.

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Fairness test for WorkChoices

The Federal Government has introduced a fairness test to its controversial WorkChoices industrial relations legislation in a bid to soften the law’s effect on lower paid workers.

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Family-friendly conditions left out of AWAs

Almost three quarters of Australian workplace agreements (AWAs) do not include the family-friendly work provisions which the Federal Government promised would be ‘protected by law’ under its WorkChoices legislation.

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