Media Releases

Inaugural Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner appointed

The Albanese Labor Government has today announced Micaela Cronin as the inaugural Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence Commissioner.

Universal Paid Leave for Family and Domestic Violence

More than 11 million Australian workers will soon have access to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave.

Ensuring people living with disability have the support they need

The Albanese Government is continuing its support for people living with disability to improve their opportunity for employment.

Increased support to end violence against women and children

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to make women’s safety a national priority and provide the focus and leadership needed to deliver change.

Supporting families to ease cost of living pressures and promote women’s workforce participation

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering for families and children through a Budget that is focused on supporting women’s workforce participation and implementing responsible cost of living measures.

Fourth anniversary of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Tomorrow (Saturday 22 October) marks the fourth anniversary of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

Community Services Ministers Communique

Community Services Ministers met on Friday 14 October 2022.

National Plan to end violence against women and children 2022-2032

All Australian governments have today agreed to work together to deliver on our shared vision to end gender-based violence within one generation, with the release of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022–2032 (National Plan).

Ensuring 2.65 million carers get the support services and help they need

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to better assist and support carers, working to raise awareness of Carer Gateway – a free support program for the 2.65 million people in Australia who have caring responsibilities.

Service Pension and other pension increases to hit bank accounts today.

Australians on a pension will today be waking up to see a boost in their bank accounts, thanks to the largest pension indexation increase in more than 12 years and the largest increase to allowances in three decades.

$20 million to help employers hire people living with disability

Businesses will be better supported to break down barriers to employment with $20 million in grant funding to ensure more Australians living with disability, who want to work, have the opportunity to do so.

Cashless debit card program to end following passage of legislation

The Albanese Labor Government has today delivered on a key election commitment and secured the passage of legislation to abolish the failed cashless debit card program.

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.