Labor Announces Increased Funding For The Community Sector

Bill Shorten & Tanya Plibersek have announced that if Labor is elected they will increase funding for the community sector.

The ASU's Civil Society campaign claims called on all governments to increase funding to the sector to ensure vital community services are appropriately funded.

Recently Labor leader Bill Shorten and deputy leader Tanya Plibersek announced a Labor government will: 

  • Over $660 million in new funding to end violence against women, including millions for extra refuges, community legal assistance and affordable housing.

  • Ensure 10 days paid family, and domestic violence leave will be enshrined in legislation, so it is universal for all workers.

  • A Labor government will implement the recommendations of a Senate Inquiry into 1800 RESPECT (the inquiry was in response to the ASU campaign to expose the awful practices of for-profit provider Medibank, and it called for a complete overhaul of how the 1800 RESPECT contracts are managed).
  • Provide an extra $107 million to address Indigenous incarceration rates, which includes a funding boost of $40 million to Aboriginal Legal Services.

This announcement goes a long way to addressing some of our core campaign demands for better funding.

Have removed $1.6 billion from the NDIS in the recent budget, the Liberal / National Government are yet to announce any policies that will increase funding or support to the community sector.