Media Releases

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.

Creating a future free from sexual violence and harassment

The Morrison Government is committing more than $29 million to develop new primary prevention initiatives to address sexual violence and harassment across the nation.

Australia to trial domestic violence deterrence program

The Morrison Government is committing $4.2 million to trial a new domestic violence deterrence program as part of our commitment to end violence against women and children.

Increased access to the National Redress Scheme for Indigenous Australians

Retta Dixon Home will now be covered by the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse allowing survivors to have their applications progressed.

Paid Parental Leave Scheme amendment to support parents in lockdown

A Bill being introduced to Parliament today will allow parents to count the period they have received the COVID-19 Disaster Payment towards the work test for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay.

Supporting Mildura children and families

The Morrison and Andrews Governments will each provide $2.6 million to support Mildura children and families to connect with local services and improve their health and wellbeing outcomes.

Caring for our carers

Carers across the country are now able to receive in-person advice and professional assistance to support their own wellbeing with a new free coaching service available through the national carer service, Carer Gateway.

National Summit on Women’s Safety to go online

The Morrison Government today announced that the National Summit on Women’s Safety will be delivered virtually as a result of continued COVID-19 restrictions.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the NT, ACT and Metropolitan Melbourne

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Greater Darwin and Katherine regions in the Northern Territory (NT) and extended the suspensions already in place for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Metropolitan Melbourne after confirmation today of COVID-19 lockdown arrangements in those areas.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for regional New South Wales

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in regional New South Wales after the announcement of a seven-day COVID-19 lockdown.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the ACT and far north NSW

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Australian Capital Territory and far north New South Wales after COVID-19 lockdowns were announced today in those regions.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in Metropolitan Melbourne and Dubbo NSW

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Dubbo Local Government Area after the Victorian and New South Wales governments confirmed COVID-19 lockdown arrangements in those areas.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Tamworth and Northern Rivers LGAs of NSW

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Tamworth and Northern Rivers districts of New South Wales after the New South Wales Government announced COVID-19 lockdowns in those areas.

Social Services funding boost towards Closing the Gap

The Morrison Government is investing $98 million in a series of innovative new programs to prevent vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families falling through the cracks as part of the first Closing the Gap Implementation Plan.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas after the Queensland Government announced a three-day COVID-19 lockdown.