Media Releases

Three institutions named for failure to join National Redress Scheme

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston has today named three institutions which have failed to fulfil their moral obligations to sign up to the National Redress Scheme.

National Redress Scheme to provide advance payments

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse who are older or terminally ill will be able to access advance payments of $10,000 under proposed changes to the National Redress Scheme.

Advisory body to help shape a future free from violence against women

The Morrison Government has established a National Plan Advisory Group which will inform the development of the National Plan to end family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.

Five part children’s audiobook to help Stop it at the Start

The Morrison Government’s Stop it at the Start campaign has partnered with Nova Entertainment to launch a five part children’s audiobook to encourage respectful attitudes in the next generation.

Funding to support migrants, refugees and women in northern Tasmania

The Morrison Government is providing an additional $150,000 to the Migrant Resource Centre North to better support and empower migrants and refugees to connect with their community and live fulfilling lives.

Morrison Government delivers more housing for women and children fleeing violence

The Morrison Government is delivering safe and affordable housing in Tasmania as the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation and Hobart City Deal – Improving Social Housing programs progress.

Dedicated national helpline for Australians with autism

The first national helpline for Australians with autism will provide online, digital and phone-based support services to improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum.

Update on mutual obligations requirements in Victoria

The Morrison Government has extended the suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Commonwealth COVID-19 hotspot declared region of Greater Melbourne, Victoria.

July indexation supports Australian families

The Morrison Government is boosting support to about 1.4 million Australian families to help them keep up with the changes in the cost of living.

Suspension of mutual obligations requirements for Victoria

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in Victoria following the announcement of a seven-day lockdown under COVID-19 hotspot arrangements.

Review of Disability Employment Services to enhance support

The Morrison Government is committed to delivering effective supports to help people with disability into employment and is implementing improvements to the Disability Employment Services program.

More safe places for women and children in regional and remote areas escaping violence

The Morrison Government is providing an additional $12.6 million to expand the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Program to support women and children escaping violence in the remote and regional communities of Cairns and Logan-Beaudesert in Queensland, and Albany, West Pilbara and Goldfields in Western Australia.

Waringarri Arts funded to continue building community and culture in Kununurra

The Morrison Government is providing an additional $280,000 over two years to Waringarri Arts Aboriginal Corporation to reduce social harm and improve employment outcomes in Kununurra.

Scholarship winners announced for emerging content creators with disability

The Morrison Government has partnered with the ABC to offer the Regional Storyteller Scholarship and provide work experience for talented content makers with disability.

Response to Productivity Commission’s Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory report

The Morrison Government has today provided its response to the Productivity Commission’s final Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory report which outlines in-principle support for the suggested reforms.

Creating better outcomes for communities in the NT

This week, Minister for Families and Social Services and Women's Safety, Anne Ruston, will meet with community groups, peak bodies and local stakeholders to discuss responses to domestic and family violence as well as the rollout of the Cashless Debit Card.

New initiatives to support Australians with disability

The Morrison Government is guaranteeing the essential services Australians rely on in Budget 2021-22. As part of the Budget, we are delivering two tailored programs designed and delivered by people with disability. These programs will promote accessible and inclusive healthcare practises, and boost community participation in sport for Australians with disability.

Expanding domestic violence response training for frontline workers

Frontline workers will be offered training to help identify and respond to perpetrators of domestic violence while emergency response personnel and volunteers will receive education to help victims of natural disasters who may be experiencing abuse.

Extension for Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Morrison Government today announces that it will extend the final reporting date for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability to 29 September 2023.

Budget delivering for Australian women

The Morrison Government has announced a landmark package of around $3.4 billion in new measures to improve outcomes for women’s safety, economic security, health and wellbeing in the 2021–22 Budget.