Senate Community Affairs References Committee

Owning Institution:

Investigations into a possible cancer cluster on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria

This inquiry was initiated to respond to community concerns about the possibility of a cancer cluster or auto-immune disease cluster on the Bellarine Peninsula, and to explore any potential links between these diseases and certain chemicals that were historically used for mosquito control in the...

Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia

Evidence to this inquiry has made clear the need for major reform of the social security system to ensure the income support system provides an adequate safety net for working-age unemployed people and becomes a strong enabler for economic participation. It is timely and critical...

Current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia

This report recommends that Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) review and improve its online resources for health professionals relating to the regulations and processes for prescribing medicinal cannabis through the Special Access Scheme and Authorised Prescriber pathways.

Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised: final report

Among the many other recommendations, this report calls for the Australian government to implement a clearly articulated principle that the duty of care for the regulation of all care within the aged care residential setting ultimately rests with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

ParentsNext, including its trial and subsequent broader rollout

This report examines the history, aims and design of ParentsNext, including human rights concerns and its suitability for vulnerable participants, and discusses the program's pre-employment focus. It also addresses evidence about the administration and implementation of ParentsNext by government departments and contracted service providers.