Media Releases

Empowering communities with the abolition of the cashless debit card program

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering a long-term plan to ensure certainty, choice and support to communities moving off the cashless debit card program.

Funding the Australian Bureau of Statistics to better collect data on disadvantage

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will receive an additional $4 million to better measure barriers and incentives to labour force participation.

Pensioners incentivised to downsize to free up housing stock for young families

The Albanese Labor Government will seek to reduce the financial impact on pensioners looking to downsize their homes in an effort to minimise the burden on older Australians and free up housing stock for younger families.

Creating job opportunities for people living with disability in the visitor economy

The Albanese Labor Government will create more employment opportunities for Australians living with disability by connecting them with meaningful work in the visitor economy.

4.7 million Australians to receive Government payment increases

More than 4.7 million Australians will receive a much-needed boost to their social security payments from this month to help ease cost of living pressures.

Virtual tech work experience for high school students and disadvantaged people

The Albanese Labor Government will partner with Australia’s technology sector to create virtual work experience opportunities for secondary school students and post-school leavers who experience barriers to employment.

Closing the gap in disability employment with the Business Council of Australia

The Albanese Labor Government will continue its commitment to closing the gap on disability employment, by committing to work on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Business Council of Australia to see more Australians living with disability who want to work get access to meaningful and sustained employment.

Establishment of the Royal Commission into Robodebt

The Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) has issued Letters Patent establishing a Royal Commission into the former debt assessment and recovery scheme commonly known as Robodebt.

Improving the quality of employment services for people living with disability

Around 15,500 people living with disability will have access to better quality employment services and a greater chance of finding a long-term job following a performance assessment of the Disability Employment Services program.

Fast-tracking of $10.7 million to frontline family, domestic and sexual violence support services for the Northern Territory

The Albanese Labor Government has today announced that $10.7 million in funding to support family, domestic and sexual violence responses in the Northern Territory will be brought forward ahead of the October Federal Budget.

Working to boost employment for Australians living with disability

The Albanese Labor Government will continue its important preparation for the September Jobs Summit with Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth to host a Disability Employment Roundtable on Monday in Canberra.

Community Services Ministers Meeting

Community Services Ministers met via video conference on 5 August to discuss the interconnectedness of the issues impacting families in the community and the complexities of child protection.

$31 million to boost readiness for educational environments for children with disability or developmental concerns

The Albanese Labor Government has today announced grants of $16 million under the National Early Childhood Program (NECP) and an additional $15 million under the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program.

Protecting people living with disability from the latest COVID-19 wave

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to protecting people living with disability and their carers from the latest COVID-19 winter wave and will launch a targeted text message campaign to protect their health.

Critical federal meeting on First Nations women’s safety

Federal Ministers will today meet with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council on family, domestic and sexual violence to discuss the Albanese Labor Government’s commitment to ending violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.

No new Cashless Debit Card participants

The Albanese Labor Government will today close the Cashless Debit Card program to new entrants as the next step to abolish the scheme.

Cost of living relief for older Australians

More than 50,000 additional self-funded retirees will be helped to ease their cost of living pressures with the Albanese Labor Government taking action to enable more Australians to access the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

Abolishing the Cashless Debit Card as a priority

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering on its election commitments and will today introduce legislation to Parliament to abolish the Cashless Debit Card.

Universal paid leave for family and domestic violence

More than 11 million Australian workers – including casuals – will have access to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave under Albanese Labor Government legislation to be introduced into the Parliament this week.

Working together with states and territories on gender equality and women’s safety to finalise the National Plan

Today, Commonwealth, state and territory governments agreed on a pathway to finalise the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022–32.