Media Releases

Government marks ten year anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions

On the tenth anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions, the Albanese Labor Government will remember the mothers and families affected by forced adoptions and announce $700,000 in funding for delivery of trauma-informed support services.

New report underscores importance of Early Years Strategy

The latest report card into the wellbeing of Australian children by UNICEF Australia and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) has reinforced the need for a Commonwealth Early Years Strategy to improve outcomes for young children.

Reflecting on safety this International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across Australia and the world.

Closing the Gap Implementation Plan delivers for First Nations families

The Albanese Labor Government is continuing its support of First Nations communities and investing in programs to reduce the rate of the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care.

Parents to benefit from Paid Parental Leave changes to support gender equality

The Albanese Labor Government has taken the next step in improving paid parental leave to ensure it is working for modern families.

March indexation to provide cost of living relief for 4.7 million Australians

More than 4.7 million pension and allowance recipients will receive a boost to their social security payments when indexation of their payments occurs on 20 March 2023.

OIder Australians keen to take up the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

More than 10,000 additional older Australians and veterans have had their cost of living pressures reduced after being granted a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card following eligibility changes last year.

Investing in Australia’s children through toy libraries

The Albanese Labor Government has underscored its commitment to Australia’s children and their families with the announcement of $700,000 in new funding for Toy Libraries Australia.

Increased funding for family, domestic and sexual violence support

The Albanese Labor Government is highlighting its commitment to ending violence against women through two programs that will provide more than $16 million in additional family, domestic and sexual violence support.

Disability Support Pension Impairment Tables review providing better, continued support for Australians living with disability

The Albanese Labor Government has ensured continued support for people living with disability through the successful delivery of the Social Security (Tables for the Assessment of Work-related Impairment for Disability Support Pension) Determination 2023.

Government doubles investment in systemic disability advocacy by $11.2 million

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to double funding for systemic disability advocacy, with an additional $11.2 million allocated to the Disability Representative Organisation program over four years to promote a better understanding of the lives of people living with disability.

Place-based Escaping Violence Payment trial launches in Cairns

The Albanese Government is delivering on its commitment to ending violence in one generation with the commencement of the first place-based trial of the Escaping Violence Payment in Cairns, Queensland.

Additional support for flood-impacted communities

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to supporting flood-impacted communities in Central West New South Wales with extra funding to employ more financial counsellors.

Future-proofing programs to support families and children

Children and Parenting Support (CaPS) and Budget Based Funded (BBF) programs.

Development of Early Years Strategy informed by National Summit

Parents and community organisations will join representatives from across government, non-government, academic and business sectors in Canberra today to discuss the development of the Commonwealth Early Years Strategy.

Extension of Robodebt Royal Commission

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), has amended the Letters Patent to extend the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme.

Australian-first National Guideline to better support autistic children

Minister Rishworth discusses how Autistic children and their families will be better supported with Australia’s first national practice guidelines to promote the early development of autistic children.

Support for essential community services

Minister Rishworth discusses how the Albanese Labor Government is providing increased financial support to help maintain a strong community services sector with fair wages and reduced cost of living pressures.

Disability Ministers from around Australia set priorities for the year ahead

Disability Ministers came together in Canberra last Friday to set collective priorities for the year ahead, focused on improving the lives of people with disability.

Boosting support for volunteers through a National Strategy for Volunteering

Minister Rishworth discusses boosting support for volunteers through a National Strategy for Volunteering.