Media Releases

Boost in jobs vital to reducing the number of First Nations children in out-of-home care

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to reducing the number of First Nations children in out-of-home care and has created close to 100 additional jobs in Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations to assist.

Growing Australia's social enterprises

Communities in need of a helping hand will be getting more as the Albanese Labor Government provides funding to grow social enterprises.

Consultation continues to shape a brighter future for the Autistic community

The Albanese Labor Government is today releasing a draft of the landmark National Autism Strategy for public feedback – marking the final stage of extensive community consultation and delivering on our election commitment.

World first gender justice institute for First Nations Women

The Albanese Labor Government is proud to support the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Institute for First Nations Gender Justice at the Australian National University with a funding contribution of $3 million over four years.

Government recognises 11th Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions

On the eleventh anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions, the Albanese Labor Government acknowledges the traumatic consequences children, families, and communities endure due to past forced adoption practices.

New laws reflect survivor-focus of National Redress Scheme

The Albanese Government is delivering on its commitment to improve the National Redress Scheme with a suite of legislative changes which passed Parliament today

New laws expand Paid Parental Leave – More support for working families with biggest expansion since 2011

Labor’s changes to Paid Parental Leave – expanding the scheme to a full six months – will now be law after the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (More Support for Working Families) Bill 2023 was today passed by the Senate.

Strengthening financial wellbeing support in the Northern Territory

The Albanese Government is investing more than $6 million in 2023-24 to strengthen and increase targeted financial literacy and capability supports for vulnerable Australians in the Northern Territory.

Escaping Violence Payment place-based trial expanded for First Nations victims-survivors in the top end

The Albanese Government is continuing to support victim-survivors of family, domestic, and sexual violence with a $31.6 million expansion over two-years of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Escaping Violence Payment (EVP) place-based trial.

Progress on the Disability Royal Commission and Disability reforms

The Albanese Labor Government continues its commitment to people with disability, today releasing a Progress Update in response to the Disability Royal Commission’s final report, along with publishing new Disability Employment Services guidelines.

1800RESPECT introduces new video call service to support victim-survivors

Australians in need of family, domestic and sexual violence support now have an additional avenue for receiving assistance, with the official launch today of a new, on-demand video counselling service through 1800RESPECT.

Negotiations commence for an Australia-Lithuania Social Security Agreement

The Albanese Labor Government is entering into negotiations with the Lithuanian Government on a bilateral social security agreement.

Community Services Ministers Communique

Community Services Ministers also met on Kaurna Country in Adelaide on 8 March 2024 to discuss progress on the Forced Adoption joint work program since July 2023, which included conducting surveys about Forced Adoption Support Services in each state and territory to better understand the current and changing needs of persons impacted by past forced adoption policies and practices.

Safe and Supported Shared Decision-Making Committee

On Kaurna Country in Adelaide on 8 March 2024, the Safe and Supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Group (Leadership Group) and Community Services Ministers from across Australia came together for the first time as the Safe and Supported Shared Decision-Making Committee.

Investing and accelerating this International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, the Albanese Labor Government is recognising and celebrating the achievements of women in Australia and across the world whilst also acknowledging more must be done to address women’s safety.

Paying super on Government Paid Parental Leave to enhance economic security and gender equality

The Albanese Labor Government will continue its historic reform of Paid Parental Leave (PPL) and will pay superannuation on the Government payment from 1 July 2025.

Supporting WA victim-survivors of family, domestic and sexual violence

The Albanese Labor Government is continuing to deliver on its commitment to support victim-survivors of family, domestic and sexual violence with additional safe accommodation options and front line service workers.

Joint Statement on Australian, State and Territory responses to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Disability Ministers welcome the historic final report of the Disability Royal Commission.

Indexation puts more in the pockets of millions of Australians

Around five million Australians will receive a boost to their social security payments when indexation takes effect later this month.

Women and Women’s Safety Ministerial Communique

Women and Women’s Safety Ministerial Communique 1 March 2024