Latest media releases
29 September 2023
Statement - Final Report by the Disability Royal Commission (DRC)
Life Without Barriers welcomes the release of the Final Report by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability (DRC).
21 September 2023
Australia's largest resources on Voice launched
This project was about offering reliable and factual information so that all voters can be informed as they head to the polls.
14 September 2023
Shepparton foster carer shares her journey
Shepparton Foster Carer, Liz Lindner shares reflections of her journey and provides advice on providing a safe home for vulnerable children in the local community as a foster carer with Life Without Barriers.
13 September 2023
Life Without Barrier joins disability representative organisations in National Day of Solidarity for Voice
Life Without Barriers has joined leading disability representative organisations, and advocates in unified support for a First Nations Voice to Parliament and to ensure all people with disability have accessible information on the Referendum.
13 September 2023
Life Without Barriers is encouraging locals to think differently about foster care in Geelong
When it comes to fostering, no two children or families are the same, so at Life Without Barriers we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach.
7 September 2023
Milking support for Tasmanian foster care
Life Without Barriers has partnered with Ashgrove Dairy to raise awareness about the urgent need for Tasmanian foster carers
7 September 2023
Life Without Barriers CEO says non-ACCO organisations must step away from providing care to First Nations children
Life Without Barriers Chief Executive, Claire Robbs has called for non-aboriginal community-controlled organisations to step away from providing out-of-home care to Aboriginal children.
7 September 2023
As a charitable organisation, our primary responsibility and commitment is to the safety and well-being of children and young people entrusted to our care
30 August 2023
Life Without Barriers welcomes announcement of Referendum date
Life Without Barriers has welcomed the Prime Minister's Announcement of the date for the 2023 Referendum on a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament.
22 August 2023
Improving literacy outcomes for children in out-of-home care this book week
To help improve literacy rates in Australian children and young people in out-of-home, Life Without Barriers launched the 2023 Hook into Books™ campaign this Book Week.
15 August 2023
Statement - People with disability to have more say about their homes in new commitment from Life Without Barriers
People with disability will have more choice and control over how they live and the housing provider they choose in a landmark new policy commitment from the national disability provider, Life Without Barriers.
13 July 2023
Major Provider of out-of-home-care services says worsening of Close the Gap Targets in child protection requires urgent action.
The report indicates that nationally there is an increase in the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0–17 years in out-of-home care.
7 July 2023
Life Without Barriers Responds to DES Quality Framework
As a major provider of Disability Services across Australia, Life Without Barriers is committed to improving employment opportunities for people with disability.
4 July 2023
Accessible event on Voice to Parliament
Free online event for individuals to learn more about the upcoming referendum and explore accessible resources about a voice to parliament.
3 July 2023
National NAIDOC Week 2023
As an organisation that works in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across our country, we wholeheartedly recognise the significance of National NAIDOC Week.
2 July 2023
Joint statement of support for a First Nations Voice to Parliament
We believe there must be a mechanism on a national level that facilitates formal consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on matters which impact them, their children, and their communities.
26 June 2023
Partnership launches accessible materials on Voice
Life Without Barriers, Reconciliation Australia, SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, Yes23 and Polaron Language Services have worked together to create accessible resources about the Voice to Parliament.
14 June 2023
Life Without Barriers launches education strategy to improve life outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care
Life Without Barriers has today released a dedicated strategy designed to support children and young people in care to thrive in education.
31 May 2023
Statement on Twitter
Life Without Barriers has decided to take a break from using Twitter.
29 May 2023
Take tangible and practicable steps towards reconciliation this National Reconciliation Action Week
Life Without Barriers is encouraging other not-for-profits, charities and businesses to take practicable steps to further reconciliation this National Reconciliation Week.
10 May 2023
Life Without Barriers commends measures to support vulnerable communities, NDIS reform and employment for people with disabilities in 2023 Budget.
Life Without Barriers welcomes measures in the 2023 Federal Budget.
20 April 2023
Major National provider of out-of-home services amplifies calls for a National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
The safety and protection of Aboriginal children must be based on fact, not fiction
18 April 2023
Life Without Barriers welcomes the six key areas of systemic reform to the NDIS
Life Without Barriers welcomes the six key areas of systemic reform to the NDIS announced by The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, with a particular focus on improvements and changes to the operation of Supported Independent Living.
18 April 2023
Alliance20 Welcomes NDIS Reboot
Alliance20, representing many of Australia’s largest disability providers, welcomes today’s announcement from the NDIS Minister, the Hon Bill Shorten, on the future of the NDIS.
30 March 2023
Life Without Barriers congratulates the incoming NSW Labor Government
Life Without Barriers congratulates the incoming NSW Labor Government and looks forward to working in partnership with the state government to ensure people across NSW have equity of opportunity.
28 March 2023
Life Without Barriers commends South Australian Government on its Commitment to enact Indigenous Voice to Parliament
Life Without Barriers commends the South Australian Labor Government on becoming the first state to enact an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.
23 March 2023
Life Without Barriers launches Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan
Life Without Barriers Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan - a game changer for Closing the Gap targets and the future of First Nations children
16 March 2023
Life Without Barriers joins public support for a First Nations Voice to Parliament
Today, Life Without Barriers released its public statement in support of a Voice to Parliament.
2 February 2023
Statement on Government commitment to improve outcomes for First Nations children in out-of-home care
Life Without Barriers commends the Federal and State Governments on launching the first Action Plans under Safe and Supported.
25 January 2023
Life Without Barriers acknowledges the deep sorrow and lasting impact that January 26 represents for our First Australians and encourages a more respectful consideration of what this means for each of us.
12 December 2022
Removing employment barriers for young people in OOHC
The Boutique stocks outfits for young people from 12 years old including years 6, 10, and 12 formals, special occasions, and job interviews.
2 December 2022
Life Without Barriers calls for businesses to employ more people with disabilities this International Day of People with Disability
Australian workforces should reflect the composition of the Australian community and that means the inclusion of people with disability.
1 December 2022
Removing barriers for young people this formal season
High School formals are a right of passage for all Australian Students, however, getting your hair and make-up done and getting a new dress or suit isn’t accessible for all kids.
23 November 2022
Life Without Barriers welcomes release of Family Matters Report by SNAICC – Voice of our Children
Life Without Barriers welcomes the Family Matters Report 2022, released by SNAICC – National Voice for our Children.
14 November 2022
Life Without Barriers releases Annual Impact Report
Life Without Barriers has released its 2021-22 Annual Report outlining the organisation’s work in partnering with more than 23,000 people across Australia.
7 November 2022
Life Without Barriers commends decision to extend age of support in out-of-home care
Life Without Barriers commends the NSW Government on its significant decision to extend the age of foster care kinship or residential care from 18 to 21.
2 November 2022
Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of Aboriginal children
Life Without Barriers supports statements from SNAICC – Voice for our Children regarding calls by the Opposition for a Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of Aboriginal children.
31 October 2022
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - this Media Statement contains the name of an Aboriginal person who has died.
31 October 2022
Microbusinesses creating greater employment opportunities in Hobart
Creative Lab, a business run by people participating in the Life Without Barriers Day Program is facilitating more people with disability to get into the labour market in Goodwood, Hobart.
26 October 2022
Life Without Barriers welcomes Budget commitments on Closing the Gap, the NDIS, employment and women's safety
Life Without Barriers welcomes the measures released in the Federal Government 2022/23 Budget investing in women and families, the NDIS and closing the gap initiatives.
24 October 2022
Life Without Barriers commends federal government on NDIS review
Life Without Barriers looks forward to participating in the NDIS review.
18 October 2022
Life Without Barriers releases bold new plan to employ more people with disabilities
Life Without Barriers has launched the organisation’s Access Inclusion and Employment Plan.
6 October 2022
Life Without Barriers welcomes people disability whose services are transferring from Australian Unity
Life Without Barriers welcomes the opportunity to support people with disability and their direct care staff, whose services are transferring from Australian Unity.
4 October 2022
Camp Breakaway amplifies residents voices
When 43-year-old Central Coast resident, Daniel, hears that his regular Camp Breakaway holiday is approaching, he exclaims a camp volunteer’s name: “Norma”.
26 September 2022
Life Without Barriers congratulates Graeme Innes AM and Kurt Fearnley AO on appointments to NDIA Board
Kurt Fearnley AO and Graeme Innes AM are appointed to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency.
20 September 2022
Creating a network around foster children in Adelaide
Life Without Barriers and The Department for Child Protection (DCP) has officially launched a new MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™ Constellation in The Hills region in Adelaide.
31 August 2022
Life Without Barriers encourages the care sector to employ more people with disabilities
Ahead of the National Jobs and Skills Summit, Life Without Barriers encourages the care sector to employ more people with disabilities given rising job vacancies and low national unemployment
30 August 2022
Inclusive workplaces benefitting businesses and communities in WA
Life Without Barriers is committed to improving employment opportunities for people with disability, particularly so school leavers and young people can access employment and begin their journey in the labour market.
19 August 2022
Improving literacy outcomes for children in IIHC this Book Week
Hook into Books promotes a love of stories: sharing, telling, reading and listening to stories with children and young people in out-of-home care to enhance their literacy skills and give them a solid foundation for future learning.
17 August 2022
Why we don't want disability services to be the solution long-term
Life Without Barriers' Chief Executive, Claire Robbs addressed the NDIS Jobs and Skills Forum today.
16 August 2022
Non-Government Organisations roundtable on Closing the Gap priorities
The NSW Ministerial Non-Government Organisations Roundtable held today brought leaders together to get into detail on Closing the Gap priorities
10 August 2022
Raise The Age petition handed over
Over 200,000 people have signed the #RaisetheAge petition which calls on State and Federal Governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 years old to 14 years old.
26 July 2022
Raise the age of criminal responsibility
Life Without Barriers is joining renewed calls for all states and territories to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10-years-old to 14-years-old.
22 June 2022
Life Without Barriers applauds the Federal Government announcement to increase price limits for NDIS participants
Life Without Barriers applauds the announcement by the Federal Government confirming NDIS participants will benefit from a 9% increase resulting from rigorous consideration by the Hon Minister Shorten MP.
23 May 2022
Life Without Barriers congratulates the 31st Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Anthony Albanese MP
Life Without Barriers applauds the Prime Minister for his immediate commitment to unequivocally adopt the Uluru Statement of the Heart.
11 April 2022
Victoria’s first Foster Care support ‘constellation’ in Bendigo “a real game changer”
Foster Carers in central Victoria will be the first in the state to benefit from a ready-made social support system that creates a ‘care community’ around the children who have been placed in their care.
8 March 2022
Life Without Barriers says 'Break The Bias' this International Women's Day
International Women's Day (IWD), March 8, celebrates women's achievements and creates an opportunity for society to reflect on the social change that is still needed to truly break long-standing barriers for women.
20 January 2022
Art Without Barriers to raise funds for aged care and local students.
Kevin from Warilla to hold art exhibition and donate proceeds from sales to people in aged care and local school breakfast program.
17 December 2021
Life Without Barriers welcomes new national disability strategy
Life Without Barriers is pleased to support the Australian Government’s new national disability strategy titled Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021-2031.
15 December 2021
Life Without Barriers supports the work of the Disability Royal Commission
We thank the Commission for its ongoing work to provide opportunities for people with disability, their families and supporters to share their stories.
29 November 2021
Life Without Barriers partners with La Trobe University to embed Active Support and frontline practice leadership and services
Life Without Barriers is pleased to announce a partnership with La Trobe University.
18 November 2021
Kurt Fearnley AO appointed to Life Without Barriers Board
The Board of Life Without Barriers is pleased to announce the appointment of Kurt Fearnley AO, as Non-Executive Director.
16 November 2021
Life Without Barriers calls for The Age of Criminal Responsibility to be raised to 14 not 12
Children as young as 10 can still be found guilty of a criminal offence, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced across Australia.
19 October 2021
New Director appointed to Life Without Barriers Board
The Board of Life Without Barriers is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rajiv Viswanathan as a Non-Executive Director.
13 October 2021
Life Without Barriers presents on opportunities to increase NDIS related jobs for people with disability
Life Without Barriers’ Executive Lead Disability Engagement, Chris Chippendale, presented at the Federal Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS workforce enquiry.
14 September 2021
Historic commitment to transfer out-of-home care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
A new partnership for SNAICC and Life Without Barriers.
10 September 2021
Foster carers the unsung lockdown heroes: Foster & Kinship Carer Week 12-18 September
Life Without Barriers is paying tribute to their more than 2500 foster and kinship carers who have continued to support children in their care through Covid restrictions and lockdowns over the past year.
27 August 2021
Life Without Barriers partners with Cornell University - ensuring children in out-of-home-care can reach their potential
Life Without Barriers is partnering with Cornell University to enable more organisations supporting children in Australia to access CARE - an evidence-based, best practice model for working with children to ensure they get the best outcomes.
4 June 2021
Life Without Barriers joins the COVID-19 vaccination fight for people with disability and workers
Life Without Barriers is working with the Federal Government and other disability service providers to provide vital vaccine support for people with disability and support workers.
2 June 2021
Life Without Barriers welcomes enhanced COVID vaccine support for Victorians with disability and workers
Life Without Barriers supports the Federal Government’s announcement today to boost vaccine support for people with disability and support workers in Victoria.
11 May 2021
Life Without Barriers welcomes barrier breaking funding for aged care
Life Without Barriers Chief Executive Claire Robbs welcomes the Federal Government’s barrier breaking funding for aged care, which will meaningfully improve the lives of elderly Australians.
11 May 2021
Life Without Barriers Chief Executive Claire Robbs named as National Families Week 2021 Champion
Claire Robbs is delighted to be a National Families Week Champion for 2021, a week that celebrates the importance of families.
3 May 2021
How to make more housing choices for Tasmanians with disability
Life Without Barriers, together with Tasmanian disability service provider Possability will join other service providers, government representatives and academics to discuss new ideas for housing for the around 132,000 Tasmanians who have disability.
12 April 2021
Life Without Barriers makes submission to Disability Royal Commission on employment pathways for people with disability
Life Without Barriers says in a submission to the Disability Royal Commission that the community services sector is in a unique position attract people with disability to its workforce to bridge the disability employment gap.
22 March 2021
Life Without Barriers appoints new Chair of the Board
Life Without Barriers, one of Australia’s most respected charitable organisations, today announced that it has appointed esteemed international business leader Greg Ridder as Chair of its Board of Directors.
3 March 2021
Norfolk Island celebrates new disability support workers
Around 30 Norfolk Islanders with disability now have access to NDIS support, thanks to national disability service Life Without Barriers providing training for Island residents to become disability support workers.
19 February 2021
Life Without Barriers supports the COVID-19 vaccine and treatment rollout plan
Life Without Barriers supports over 1,400 people living in 400 residential settings across Australia and is preparing essential workers and clients for the vaccines from 22 February.
19 February 2021
Life Without Barriers joins the push for Building Better Homes
Lack of accessible housing is leaving many Australians unable to access housing that is appropriate to their needs, impacting quality of life, employment opportunities and productivity.
19 January 2021
Tips for children and young people in out of home care returning to school
We have high aspirations for all young people and children in care and need to support them to engage with education to fulfil their potential. Here are some tips for foster carers who have children and young people returning to school
11 January 2021
Life Without Barriers awarded Disability Confident Recruiter status
Life Without Barriers has been awarded Disability Confident Recruiter status for the second year.
27 November 2020
Expert spokespeople for International Day Of People With Disabilities 2020
What do you think when a person with disability turns up for a job interview?
31 October 2020
Life Without Barriers Chief Executive op ed: Education is the key to helping children in care reach their potential
Life Without Barriers Chief Executive Claire Robbs writes about the importance of education for National Children's Week
7 October 2020
Life Without Barriers welcomes budget measures for people with disability and the elderly
New budget funding for the NDIS and home care care packages will provide much needed support for the elderly and people living with disability.
14 September 2020
Foster & Kinship Carers Week: Life Without Barriers celebrates foster carers supporting kids’ education
This Foster and Kinship Carer Week (13-19 September), Life Without Barriers is celebrating the significant role foster and kinship carers play in supporting the education of children and young people in care.
28 August 2020
Life Without Barriers supports new changes to NDIS
Today the Federal Government has released their response to the Tune review and the introduction of the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee
21 August 2020
Life Without Barriers welcomes additional measures for PPE for disability support workers
New South Wales and Victorian disability services will now be able to claim costs directly from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) for the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
20 August 2020
Chief Executive statement: Life Without Barriers’ participation in Disability Royal Commission hearing 18-21 August
Life Without Barriers Chief Executive Claire Robbs has extended her appreciation to the Disability Royal Commission for the opportunity to appear and provide input into its critically important work today.
3 August 2020
Supporting our frontline workforce to support people with disability during Covid-19 pandemic
Life Without Barriers has enacted swift measures to ensure that frontline staff are supported to prevent and control infection of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
8 July 2020
Life Without Barriers welcomes the NSW Government’s response to the 'Family is Culture' report
We support any measures that strengthen the cultural capability of child protection and better respond to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
25 June 2020
Statement from Life Without Barriers in response to Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner Own Motion Investigation Report
Life Without Barriers' response to Northern Territory Children's Commissioner report
18 June 2020
Life Without Barriers joins National Redress Scheme
Life Without Barriers has now been declared as a participating Institution by the National Redress Scheme
4 June 2020
Life Without Barriers commits to Covid-19 Complex Care Payment
Life Without Barriers has committed to an additional payment for frontline workers who support people with a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus.
6 April 2020
Life Without Barriers welcomes Federal Government actions to support people with disability and the charity sector through COVID-19 pandemic
Life Without Barriers has welcomed recent federal government announcements of a reduced threshold for charities to access JobKeeper allowance for their employees, and for NDIS participants to get priority delivery for groceries and essentials.
21 March 2020
Life Without Barriers welcomes COVID-19 disability support package
Life Without Barriers welcomes Minister Stuart Robert’s announcement today of a targeted Covid-19 response package for people with disability and the disability services sector.
19 March 2020
Life Without Barriers commits to Additional Support Leave for frontline staff during Covid-19 pandemic
Frontline staff will have access to paid leave if they are unable to attend work due to contracting Covid-19 or a related illness; are required to self-quarantine; or are required to care for or support a family member.
18 March 2020
Statement from Chief Executive on COVID-19
We know the significant concern the COVID-19 pandemic is internationally and across our country.
16 March 2020
Life Without Barriers calls for more West Australians to become foster carers
Social purpose organisation Life Without Barriers is celebrating WA's Foster and Kinship Carer Week by recognising the invaluable efforts of the state's dedicated foster and kinship carers.
3 December 2019
Life Without Barriers takes out two Australian HR Institute Awards
Life Without Barriers is honoured to have received two awards from the Australian HR Institute (AHRI).
29 November 2019
Life Without Barriers launches Employment Without Barriers campaign for better employment outcomes for people with disability
Ahead of this year’s International Day of People with Disability, Life Without Barriers is launching the Employment Without Barriers campaign.
27 November 2019
NSW Community Sector comes together to employ more people with disability
Life Without Barriers joined the Community Services Industry Alliance today to make a plan for how the industry can attract more people with disability to their workforce.
7 November 2019
Children in Care Collective welcomes funding for child protection information sharing platform
The national child protection interagency, Children in Care Collective, has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a legal platform to allow states and territories to share child protection information.
17 October 2019
Artists from Life Without Barriers' popular art program exhibit new work
Participants of Life Without Barriers’ popular art and mosaic programs will exhibit their work at an exhibition at Clarence Council’s Rosny Schoolhouse Gallery from Thursday October 17.
2 September 2019
Life Without Barriers calls for better family inclusion in foster care
This Child Protection Week, major provider of child, youth and family services, Life Without Barriers, is calling for a greater focus on the role of birth families in the lives of children in foster care.
24 July 2019
Community services sector to come together to employ more people with disability
How can Queensland community service organisations become destination employers for people with disability?
4 July 2019
Life Without Barriers welcomes NDIS price increases
Major disability services provider Life Without Barriers has welcomed the Government’s announcement of increased price limits for National Disability Insurance Scheme registered service providers.
27 June 2019
Life Without Barriers pledges 12% new recruits will be people with disability
Social purpose organisation Life Without Barriers has pledged that 12 per cent of its new recruits will be people with disability by 2022.
30 May 2019
Life Without Barriers welcomes new key roles in Morrison government
Major community services organisation Life Without Barriers has welcomed new Ministry as part of Scott Morrison’s government.
20 May 2019
Statement on Federal Election - Election of the Coalition government
Following the outcome of the 2019 Federal Election, Life Without Barriers congratulates the Morrison Government and is looking forward to continuing to work with the Coalition on key social issues affecting Australians.
23 April 2019
Call out for Queenslanders to become foster carers
Child, youth and family service Life Without Barriers is celebrating Queensland Foster & Kinship Carers Week in by thanking their many dedicated foster and kinship carers, and encouraging others in the community to consider becoming carers.
30 March 2019
Life Without Barriers welcomes new NDIS pricing
Major disability service provider Life Without Barriers has welcomed today’s announcement by Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher of changes to pricing for services delivered under the NDIS.
25 March 2019
Life Without Barriers supports calls to improve health services for people with intellectual disability
Major disability services provider Life Without Barriers has lent its support to the Council for Intellectual Disability’s calls to the Federal Government to make all health services accessible and responsive to people with intellectual disability.
19 February 2019
Life Without Barriers supports calls for disability Royal Commission
Major provider of services for people with disability, Life Without Barriers, has joined the chorus of support for the establishment of a disability Royal Commission.
28 November 2018
Life Without Barriers supports Family Matters’ call to halt rise in numbers of Aboriginal children in out of home care
Life Without Barriers, has welcomed the Family Matters report and its campaign to call on all governments and the entire community to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in out of home care.
22 October 2018
New alliance of disability service providers partnering to improve the NDIS
A group representing Australia’s largest disability service providers has formed a new alliance to collaborate on solutions to improve services and lives for participants and their families.
10 September 2018
Life Without Barriers calls for more foster carers: Foster & Kinship Carer Week 2018
As Life Without Barriers celebrates Foster and Kinship Care Week 2018 (9-15 September), the organisation is calling for more people to help care for the increasing numbers of children who need safe, supportive and nurturing homes.
28 August 2018
Life Without Barriers to provide disability accommodation and respite services transferred from Victorian Government
National disability services provider Life Without Barriers has welcomed the announcement by the Hon Martin Foley MP that the organisation is one of the successful providers in the transfer of disability services in Victoria.
3 August 2018
Leading childhood trauma expert develops story book to explain foster care experience to young children
Life Without Barriers has teamed up with pre-eminent childhood trauma academic and practitioner, Professor Helen Milroy, to launch a storybook to explain the out of home care experience to young children in foster care in an age-appropriate way.
1 August 2018
International expert on child protection to present important research findings in Newcastle
Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter (FISH) has collaborated with the University of Newcastle’s Family Action Centre, Life Without Barriers and TAFE NSW to present new research on the role of poverty in the child protection system.
20 April 2018
Life Without Barriers calling for more foster carers: Queensland Foster and Kinship Carer Week 22-29 April
Life Without Barriers is recognising their 780 Queensland foster carers, while continuing to call for more couples, individuals and families to provide care to children who are unable to live with their families.
26 February 2018
New guide to help people with mental illness realise their potential
A free resource to help people with psychosocial disability identify their potential and independently plan their education, training or entry into the workforce will be launched by Life Without Barriers in Adelaide.