Media Releases

National Redress Scheme feedback study open as more institutions sign up

A feedback study giving survivors of child sexual abuse a chance to have a say on their experience with the National Redress Scheme is now open.

$5 million boost for Food Relief providers

The Morrison Government is providing an additional $5 million in Food Relief funding to give a boost to the sector to continue delivering services throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

2020-21 Budget delivers support for older and vulnerable Australians

The Morrison Government continues to deliver the essential social services that Australians depend on while providing a supercharged social security safety net as part of our Economic Recovery Plan for Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safe places for women and children escaping violence

About 700 new safe places for women and children escaping domestic violence will be built across the country under the Morrison Government’s $60 million Safe Places initiative for new and expanded emergency accommodation.

More support for grieving families

Parents of stillborn babies will have improved access to bereavement payments under changes to support for families dealing with the personal, social and financial impacts after the loss of a child.

Funding boost for Melbourne emergency relief providers

The Morrison Government is providing additional $4.22 million in emergency relief funding for providers in greater Melbourne to support increased demand.

Extension of temporary income support measures

The Morrison Government has put in place a series of temporary support targeted to individual circumstances through JobKeeper Payment and JobSeeker Payment as the country transitions to a post-COVID economy.

Mutual obligation requirements return for job seekers

The Morrison Government will introduce a further step in the gradual return to mutual obligation arrangements for all job seekers from 28 September 2020, with the exception of Victoria where mutual obligation requirements will remain suspended.

$68.25 million for frontline domestic violence support services

The Morrison Government’s $150 million domestic violence response package is expanding perpetrator interventions, providing case management for survivors through court processes, producing tech-enabled support services and increasing safe accommodation capacity.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communique

Community Services Ministers (CSM) met via teleconference on Friday 11 September 2020. The ACT was represented by senior officials as the ACT Government entered caretaker period on 11 September 2020. Ministers acknowledged the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic particularly in Victoria. Ministers reiterated their joint commitment in continuing to work together to support all families affected by the pandemic.

More institutions now covered by the National Redress Scheme

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston announced additional institutions are now covered by the National Redress Scheme allowing more than 50 applications to be processed.

Vale Sue Salthouse

The sudden passing of Sue Salthouse is immensely saddening. Sue was a passionate advocate for people with disability and a member of the NDIS Independent Advisory Council.

New trauma guide to support people with disability

The Morrison Government is backing the development of a best-practice guide to better support people with disability who have experienced complex trauma.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communique

Community Services Ministers (CSM) met via teleconference on Wednesday 29 July 2020 to continue their discussions regarding supporting Australian children and their families.

Supporting Victorians through the Coronavirus pandemic

Enhanced support and expanded access to Australia’s social security system remains in place to support Victorians as the state continues to grapple with COVID-19.

Gradual return of mutual obligation requirements

As the economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, the Australian Government continues on the path of a gradual reintroduction of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers.

JobKeeper Payment and income support extended

The Morrison Government will deliver more support for households and businesses to help Australians through the COVID-19 pandemic and bolster our economic recovery. The JobKeeper Payment will be extended by six months to 28 March 2021 and the temporary Coronavirus Supplement for those on income support will be extended until 31 December 2020.

Second $750 Economic Support Payment is on the way

Australians on lower incomes are set to receive further assistance from today as the Morrison Government delivers the second economic support payment. A $750 payment will be made to approximately five million Australians at a cost of $3.8 billion. It will go to social security, veteran and other income support recipients and eligible concession card holders.

States and territories sign onto social impact investing agreement

Australia’s market for investments which solve complex social issues is set to grow with states and territories pledging to work with the Morrison Government on new initiatives. Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston thanked South Australia, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia for signing the Commonwealth-State Project Agreement.

$3 million boost for family violence support

The Morrison Government has increased its investment in counselling and support services that support women and, in particular, children who have or are experiencing family violence.