Media Releases

Delivering targeted support services for Redress applicants

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will get more assistance from the Labor Government to access the National Redress Scheme with Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth today announcing grant funding of over $39.7 million to boost support services.

Criminal conviction for Disability Employment Services fraudster

The Australian Government has shown its commitment to identifying and addressing fraud against the Commonwealth, with the conviction and sentencing of a former employee of a Disability Employment Services (DES) provider.

Deeming freeze to help pensioners keep more in their pockets

The Australian Government has delivered on its commitment to freeze social security deeming rates at their current levels for a further two years.

National search for inaugural Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Commissioner

Minister Rishworth and Assistant Minister Elliot today announced the Australian Government will undertake an open, national search for the Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Commissioner.

$5.2 million boost for financial counselling support in flood-affected communities in NSW and Queensland.

The Australian Government has announced an additional $5.2 million for financial counselling supports to help those affected by the floods in NSW and Queensland earlier this year.

Improving access to conferences for people with disability

The Australian Government has today announced 33 conference organisers will share in $315,000 in funding to maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability.

A transition plan for Activ support workers with disability

Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth today announced the Australian Government will provide grant funding of up to $7.8 million to Western Australia disability employment provider, Activ Foundation, to keep its large-scale industrial work sites open for another 18 months to better support the transition of employees into new placements.

Getting NDIS participants home from hospital

National Disability Insurance Scheme participants who are stuck in hospital due to NDIS delays will be prioritised under a new plan agreed to by the Government and the States and Territories.

Family payments set to increase from 1 July

From 1 July 2022, more than 1.4 million Australian families will see an increase to family payments, while around one million pensioners will also benefit from increases in means test free areas, limits and deeming thresholds.

Welfare payment accuracy slips under Coalition

The Albanese Labor Government today revealed that welfare payment accuracy has dropped due to the Coalition’s mismanagement of the welfare system, with JobSeeker accuracy dropping from 93 to 83 per cent in two years.

Abolishing the Cashless Debit Card

Minister Rishworth has received briefings from the Department on the Cashless Debit Card and to discuss its termination.