Media Releases

Improving the National Redress Scheme

More survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will now be eligible to receive redress as the Morrison Government delivers on its commitment to expand Funder of Last Resort provisions under the National Redress Scheme.

Wiyi Yani U Thangani National Summit to amplify the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls

The Morrison Government will invest $2.8 million over three years to deliver the final stage of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) Project.

Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commission to provide national leadership and accountability

The Morrison Government will invest $22.4 million over five years to establish a Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commission to oversee the implementation of the next National Plan to end violence against women and children.

$85 million to strengthen families in the NT and APY Lands

The Australian and Northern Territory governments are delivering a joint initiative to better support families in the NT and Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia, to make positive and sustained life changes to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of their children.

Continued support for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the National Apology for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. This day is a solemn reminder of the terrible abuse and neglect experienced by over 500,000 children removed from their families and approximately 7,000 child migrants displaced from their home countries and placed in institutional homes.

Australians taking action to Stop it at the Start and prevent disrespect

The Morrison Government’s Stop it at the Start campaign is encouraging adults to “unmute” themselves and call out disrespectful attitudes and behaviours.

Cashless Debit Card participants offered more choice in banking

The Morrison Government has entered into a partnership with the Traditional Credit Union to increase banking services options for Cashless Debit Card participants in the Northern Territory.

National Centre to provide leadership in supporting victims and survivors of child sexual abuse

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the National Apology for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. In honour, the Morrison Government announced that the Blue Knot Foundation, along with its key consortium partners the Australian Childhood Foundation and The Healing Foundation, would establish and deliver the National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.

New payment to help women escape violent relationships

From Tuesday the Morrison Government will provide women leaving a violent relationship access to a one-off payment of up to $5,000 to help them establish a life free of violence.

Transition to a COVID-19 National Plan approach to mutual obligation requirements

The Morrison Government today announced changes to mutual obligation requirements and COVID-19 restrictions to align with the National Plan to Transition Australia's National COVID-19 response (the National Plan). Since the start of the pandemic, the Federal Government has reacted swiftly to changing circumstances where state-health imposed lockdowns and restrictions on people's movement impacted the ability for Australians to look for work or do training as part of mutual obligation requirements. The contingency arrangements saw mutual obligation requirements fully suspended on a temporary basis when a state or territory announced a lockdown, with the suspension lifting usually two business days after the lockdown ended.

Celebrating Carers during National Carers Week

National Carers Week 2021 is a time to recognise and celebrate Australia’s unpaid carers who provide care and support to a family member or friend. This year’s theme is Millions of Reasons to Care, which aims to bring attention to the 2.65 million carers around the country. Carers need the ongoing support of all Australians – from government to businesses, classrooms to families, and medical professionals to communities.

Grant round now open to support Cashless Debit Card participants become job ready

The Cashless Debit Card Support Services competitive grant opportunity is now open which will deliver on the first stage of the Morrison Government’s Job Ready Package. The Job Ready Package will strengthen local support services and connect participants to employment opportunities across the four Cashless Debit Card sites in Ceduna in South Australia; East Kimberley and the Goldfields in Western Australia; Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in Queensland.

New funding to tackle youth homelessness

The Morrison Government has partnered with the NSW Government to support young people at risk of homelessness while they complete education or training and find fulfilling work.

Improving access to public buildings for Australians with a disability

The Morrison Government has today released the findings of its second review of the legislation which ensures Australians living with disability have equal and dignified access to public buildings.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué

Community Services Ministers (CSM) met via videoconference on 17 September 2021.

September indexation delivers boost to pensions and allowances

More than 5 million Australians will benefit from a boost to their social security payments from 20 September to help them keep up with the changes in the cost of living.

Jehovah’s Witnesses now participating in the National Redress Scheme

Jehovah’s Witnesses has now joined the National Redress Scheme allowing survivors of this institution to have their applications progressed.

National Summit sets priorities to end gendered violence in Australia

The National Summit on Women’s Safety has asked all Australians to confront the unacceptable scourge of family, domestic and sexual violence and provided meaningful and constructive actions for change.

National Summit key step towards ending violence against women

The Morrison Government is hosting the National Summit on Women’s Safety on 6 and 7 September which is the culmination of extensive consultations to develop the next National Plan to end violence against women and children.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communique

Community Services Ministers (CSM) met via videoconference on 27 August 2021.