Building a caring society


The Greens will stand up for single parents, young people and other marginalised groups by fighting the Coalition's attacks on Newstart and payments to single parents.

A better start for jobseekers

Jobseekers are living so far below the poverty line it has become a barrier to them finding work. Adam and the Greens have a plan to immediately raise Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 per week and bring back the 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.

Standing up for single parents

On 1 January 2013, Labor pushed up to 100,000 single parents off the Parenting Payment and onto Newstart. The Liberal government has continued these attacks on single parents.

The Greens will:

  • Increase payments to single parents 
  • Extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks, paid at higher than the current rate
  • Make it easier for single parents to request flexible working arrangements, so that they can work and care for their children.

Taking the pressure off young people

Adam and the Greens want to take the pressure off young people and better recognise the huge contribution they make to our society and economy. We have a costed plan to lift Youth Allowance by $75/week and we will make uni and TAFE free, cap rents and expand access to community services to reduce living expenses for young people.


"Parents in Melbourne are under pressure. With only one in five childcare centres offering vacancies every day, urgent action is needed to fix the system" 

Adam Bandt

Better Work/Life Balance

Balancing of work and home responsibilities is a full-time chore. Two-thirds of women working full-time report having chronic time-pressure stress.  

  • Adam has introduced legislation to improve work/life balance, especially for those who care for others.


If we're serious about improving helping women return to work and reducing stress on families, more affordable childcare services must be introduced. 

  • Adam and The Greens have a plan to expand universal access and provide more affordable and accessible early childhood education to more children.

More Liveable

Life in inner Melbourne is great, but brings unique challenges. Adam has worked with residents to tackle the growth in services apartments, deal with noise issues, get better TV reception, improve open spaces and fight for more school & childcare options.


Adam and the Greens have created a plan to ensure a high standard of living and to keep Melbourne liveable. 

A Home for All 

Melbourne's status as the most liveable city is under threat. We plan to address the rising housing prices for renters and buyers to maintain our city's international status by:

Sensible Planning

Growth in Melbourne must be appropriate and planned. Adam has worked with residents to stop inappropriate development. 


The Greens will build affordable homes and provide $500 million per year for transitional housing and crisis services.

Affordable Housing

Federal and state governments have dropped the ball on affordable housing, leaving millions of Australians battling with increasing costs.

Adam & The Greens have costed a plan to address housing affordability by:

  • Ending unfair negative gearing and capital gains tax hand-outs 
  • Building 500,000 new public and community housing dwellings
  • Capping rents to end constant rises
  • Increasing renters' rights, including European long-term leasing


Better Childcare and Schools

More people in inner Melbourne are starting families. Adam has been standing with parents to get more childcare and school options in the area, including for boys in Richmond.


We’re so lucky to have our public health system, where you get looked after no matter how much money you earn.

A more caring society

Australians are a caring people. We want to help those who are vulnerable or victims of circumstance. We want a society that creates the time and space for people to live caring lives. However, whether at work or at home, people are feeling under more pressure and less able to live the rich, fulfilling lives they want. Adam and the Greens have a plan to relieve that pressure, support people where they need it and foster a better quality of life for everyone. 

Universal public health

Adam and the Greens will defend and extend Medicare with a plan to support people where they need it and foster a better quality of life for all.

Getting Dental into Medicare

Because Melbourne voted for Adam in 2010, 3.4 million kids have access to Medicare-funded dental cover. The Greens secured this during negotiations to form the government in 2010. We have a costed plan to get the rest of dental into Medicare.

Supporting people with disabilities

Jordon Steele-John, our Greens Senator from WA, was instrumental in securing a Royal Commission into abuse of people living with disabilities. The Greens will ensure that the rights of the 4 million disabled Australians are upheld so that they
can enjoy full and active lives, through our infrastructure, education, employment, and service

  • Adam and the Greens will also fix and extend the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
  • The Greens will invest $1 billion in making buildings and public spaces accessible for people with disabilities.

Check out our comprehensive plan for an accessible Australia here.


Only the Greens have a plan for a safe, practical and humane approach to refugees.

Only Adam Bandt and the Greens have a compassionate and credible policy for refugees.

Standing up for refugees

The old parties' race to the bottom on refugees is getting worse. Refugees and migrants have long contributed to Australian culture and society, and yet both Labor and the Liberals want to continue policies that abuse and vilify them. For years, the major parties have demonised them with terms like ‘illegals’, despite seeking asylum not being a crime. 

We agree with refugee experts: the successful regional response to the Vietnam War was the kind of policy that saved lives and made us proud of our role in the world. The Greens’ plan includes:

Ending offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru

Australian governments have locked up refugees, stateless persons, and people seeking asylum on Manus Island and Nauru for an average of 826 days. Many have been there for more than five years.

Increasing our refugee intake to 50,000

As one of the world’s wealthiest countries, Australia has an obligation to do more for refugees and people seeking asylum (people seeking to be recognised as refugees).

7 day limit for onshore detention and support to live with dignity in the community

According to a Commonwealth Ombudsman’s report, prolonged detention has a significant, negative impact on the mental health of a person being detained that can lead to self-harm and suicide. The Greens’ plan includes a 7 day time limit for people held in onshore immigration detention. This is enough time to conduct the necessary checks and assess a claim for asylum, without subjecting people seeking asylum to undue risk. Extensions to 7 day detentions where necessary for valid public order, public health, or national security concerns may be sought from the courts on a case-by-case basis.

A Royal Commission

The Greens have called repeatedly for a Royal Commission into Australia’s immigration detention facilities. Royal Commissions have significant powers and gravitas, and have brought about significant changes in other areas they have held inquiries into.

Better Transport

We don't want Melbourne to become Los Angeles. Instead of building more tollways and increasing inner-city congestion, Adam & the Greens' plan for transport includes a rail line to Doncaster and funding for Melbourne Metro.

An inclusive Australia

The Greens believe equality is for everyone, and will work with First Nations peoples, the LGBTIQ+ community and will fight to outlaw racial discrimination. 

Outlawing racial discrimination

The Greens will always defend multiculturalism and want to see racial discrimination outlawed in our Constitution.

First Nations peoples

The Greens will work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards treaties that fully acknowledge sovereignty.

LGBTIQ+ communities

  • Australia now has marriage equality, but the fight for equality is not over. We need to end discrimination and ban conversion ‘therapies’.
  • We will improve healthcare for trans, gender diverse and intersex people.