Media Releases

SA families to get early support for babies through new nation-leading autism program

Up to 1,300 South Australian families with babies showing early signs of autism will be among the first to benefit from a new nation-leading autism support program thanks to a joint investment by the Albanese and Malinauskas Governments.

Boosting support for Australians in financial distress

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to responding to cost of living and unexpected bills in Australian households and maintaining our capacity to respond to natural disasters by boosting support for the Financial Wellbeing and Capability grant programs.

Building a strong ecosystem of disability supports

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to a better Australia for people with disability and will make key investments for both National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and non-participants.

Expert First Nations Steering Committee to advise on reducing rates of family violence and abuse

The Albanese Labor Government is taking further action to reduce the rates of family violence and abuse against First Nations women and children.

$23.2 Million Boost for First Nations healing services

The Albanese Labor Government is supporting more First Nations women, children and families and providing a $23.2 million boost to expand the Healing for Families initiative to a total of 12 locations across Australia.

Australian Law Reform Commission to inquire into justice responses to sexual violence

The Australian Government has today taken a key step to improving the experience of victims and survivors of sexual violence by asking the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to undertake an inquiry into justice responses to sexual violence.

New framework to guide consent messaging for young people

The Albanese Labor Government has today launched the Commonwealth Consent Policy Framework to ensure agencies provide young people with consistent messaging about consent, and to support a unified approach to sexual violence prevention across government.

Strengthening disability supports with inclusive and responsive legislation

From today, Australians with disability will benefit from the commencement of the new Disability Services and Inclusion Act 2023.

Additional support for No Interest Loans

The Albanese Labor Government is boosting support for vulnerable Australians by extending a loans scheme designed to assist with urgent, critical purchases to 30 June, 2025.

Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations to address family, domestic and sexual violence

The Albanese Labor Government is progressing its work to help end family, domestic and sexual violence in one generation by investing more than $96 million in projects run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

Redress Scheme expanded to more child migrant survivors

The Albanese Labor Government is expanding eligibility under the National Redress Scheme for Institutionalised Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018 to allow former child migrants who were sent to Australia from the United Kingdom and Malta, to apply to the National Redress Scheme (the Scheme).

New culturally safe program to stop family violence

Wungening Aboriginal Corporation and Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service are leading the way in addressing family and domestic violence in Western Australia.

Increased access to 1800RESPECT with new SMS service channel

From today, anyone experiencing family, domestic or sexual violence can receive specialist counselling and support services from 1800RESPECT via text message, ensuring those in unsafe situations who can’t access telephone or web chat can still get help.

Albanese Government delivers credit card ban for online wagering

Australians will soon not be able to use credit cards, credit-related products and digital currency to gamble online, as a result of the Albanese Government’s new laws designed to minimise gambling harm which passed the Parliament last night.

Strengthening family and community partnerships in Central Australia

The Albanese Labor Government is continuing to invest in community led-change, announcing a $30 million partnership over four years to support place-based initiatives in Regional and Remote Central Australia, targeted at strengthening family and community safety.

Helping Northern Territory communities to stay connected

The Albanese Labor Government will help multiple regional and remote communities in the Northern Territory to achieve greater digital connection with significant upgrades to phone and internet connectivity as part of the Government’s Digital Connectivity Project.

Indexation delivers extra support to more than 936,000 Australians

More than 936,000 Australians receiving youth, student or carer support will see a 6.0 per cent boost to their payments as indexation takes effect from 1 January 2024.

Inaugural roundtable of Investment Dialogue for Australia's Children

Leading philanthropic organisations have partnered with the Albanese Government to improve the wellbeing of children and address entrenched community disadvantage, committing millions of dollars towards new initiatives and laying out a vision for investment over the next decade.

Recognising International Day of People with Disability

Today is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a United Nations Day that promotes community awareness and understanding of people with disability.

New supports for victim-survivors of modern-day slavery in Australia

The Albanese Labor Government is reaffirming its commitment to eliminate modern-day slavery with the announcement of $12.1 million in funding over five years for the new Forced Marriage Specialist Support Program, and $2.2 million in further funding to extend the Speak Now project.