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Indigenous communities get better Centrelink access.



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Hon. Larry Anthony, MP Minister for Community Services

22 May 2001

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES GET BETTER CENTRELINK ACCESS

Indigenous communities in remote areas will get better access to Centrelink, ensuring access to the same range and quality of government services available to Australians in the rest of the country, Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, said today.

"Up to 12 remote area servicing centres will be established, employing local staff to extend current agency arrangements," Mr Anthony said.

"These new centres will improve customer service, provide the complete range of Centrelink services and help communities improve their income management.

"While Centrelink provides high quality service to remote communities, this initiative will give an even more comprehensive level of service.

"Apart from improved access to Centrelink services, this initiative will enable better and more appropriate assessment of benefits and improved matching of customer needs to available responses.

"These new services are an excellent example of the Federal Government listening and responding to the needs of local communities, working with them to deliver what they want and at the same time helping to increase the community's capacity, resilience and strength," said Mr Anthony.

Contact: Brendan Cooper - Media Adviser 02 6277 7240 0409 397 349 Email: brendan.cooper@facs.gov.au Web site: www.facs.gov.au

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