Media Releases

Opportunity for Australians to help shape the Early Years Strategy

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to develop an Early Years Strategy with public consultation now underway ahead of the major Early Years Summit to be held later this month.

Progressing a National Autism Strategy and Research Centre

The Albanese Labor Government will continue its commitment to leaving no one behind and holding no one back by progressing a National Autism Strategy and committing further funds to the Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

Making sure children in Australia are safe and supported

The Albanese Government will today progress its commitment to Australia’s children by launching the first Action Plans under Safe and Supported: The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children (2021-2031).

Albanese Government convenes National Roundtable for Online Dating Safety

Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP and Minister for Social Services, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP will convene the National Roundtable on Online Dating Safety in Sydney today.

Australia signs new social security agreement with Serbia

Australia and the Republic of Serbia have signed a new social security agreement that will improve access to retirement benefits for eligible people who have moved between the two countries.

Government inks agreement for innovative disability employment pilot

The Albanese Labor Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Business Council of Australia (BCA) to create and implement a new disability employment pilot.

Have your say on quality in Disability Employment Services

Placing people living with disability at the centre of the services they receive is a key pillar of a discussion paper on the proposed Disability Employment Services Quality Framework, released today for public consultation.

Emergency Relief funding boost for NSW, Victoria and Tasmania

The Albanese Labor Government will provide more than $10 million in additional funding to Emergency and Food Relief providers in response to recent flood events and cost of living pressures.

Members appointed to Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee

The Albanese Labor Government’s new Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee will meet this week to begin its important work in helping to address disadvantage and boost economic participation.

Improving the lives of Australians living with disability through research

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to improving the lives of Australians living with disability through research by today releasing two key projects that will help drive evidence-based policy reform.

National Centre to explore innovative community-led solutions to address disadvantage

The Albanese Labor Government will establish a National Centre for Place-Based Collaboration to explore and enhance community-led solutions in addressing social complex problems and entrenched disadvantage.

Investigation into Star Ratings for the Disability Employment Services program

Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth has today announced an investigation into the Disability Employment Services Star Ratings following a coding error impacting the application of the system.

Indexation to benefit young Australians

Around one million young people, carers and students are set to receive a boost to their social security payments when indexation increases take effect on 1 January 2023.

International Day of People with Disability is more than a celebration

The Albanese Labor Government is calling on Australians to recognise this year’s International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) by working together to help overcome the barriers to inclusion for the 4.4 million Australians living with disability.

$13.8 million to support children with disability or emerging developmental concerns

The Albanese Labor Government has awarded $13.8 million in grants to support young children with newly-diagnosed disability or emerging developmental concerns – and their parents and carers – to have the best start in life.

Providing more options for older Australians and eligible Veterans to work more in time for Christmas

From today, pensioners over Age Pension age and eligible Veterans will be able to earn more income from working without reducing their pension, just in time to take advantage of seasonal jobs.

A fairer, more flexible and more generous Paid Parental Leave scheme for Australian families.

The Albanese Labor Government has today introduced legislation to reform Australia’s Paid Parental Leave scheme to ensure it better meets the needs of families.

Expert committee to advise on tackling disadvantage and boosting economic inclusion

The Albanese Labor Government will continue its positive agenda to boost economic inclusion and tackle disadvantage by establishing an Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee.

Pensioners receive added incentive to downsize

Legislation passed in Parliament today will reduce the financial impact on pensioners looking to downsize their principal home and free up housing stock for younger families.

A violence-free future: Recognising the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.