Media Releases

Review of financial counselling services released

The Morrison Government is strengthening our commitment to supporting the financial counselling sector with the release of the Review of the Coordination and Funding for Financial Counselling Services across Australia.

Participation in the National Redress Scheme continues to grow

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston today announced more than 300 additional sites including churches, schools and community groups are now covered by the National Redress Scheme.

Delivering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

More than 2000 Indigenous Australian families with children who need to live away from home to access secondary school will benefit from an extra $5900 per year, on average, through changes to Family Tax Benefit that passed Parliament this week.

September quarter welfare indexation takes effect

More than 4.8 million Australians will receive an increase to their social security payments from 20 September when indexation takes effect.

New appointment to strengthen Disability Royal Commission

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston today announced the Hon Roslyn Atkinson AO as the seventh Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Drug testing trials to help welfare recipients become job ready

The Morrison Government will introduce legislation to trial drug testing for new welfare recipients as part of our commitment to remove barriers to employment.

$48.5 million investment in innovative trials tackling disadvantage

The Morrison Government is testing innovative ways to assist Australians at-risk of long-term welfare reliance through projects funded under the final round of the Try, Test and Learn Fund.

No Jab, No Pay boosting child immunisation rates

Almost 500 Australian children are being immunised each day under the Morrison Government’s strengthened No Jab, No Pay requirements.

Unprecedented support for Australia’s carers

The Morrison Government is introducing the single biggest reform in more than a decade to better support Australia’s 2.7 million carers.

More institutions join the National Redress Scheme

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston today announced that an additional 875 sites including churches, schools and community groups are now covered by the National Redress Scheme.

More than 2000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to benefit from Family Tax Benefit extension

The Morrison Government will introduce a Bill to boost support for more than 2000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with children who need to live away from home to access secondary school.

Kurt Fearnley named International Day of People with Disability 2019 Patron

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston today congratulated Kurt Fearnley AO for being appointed as the 2019 Patron for International Day of People with Disability.

Cuts to deeming rates a cash boost for about 1 million Australians

About 1 million Australians will benefit from the Morrison Government’s decision to cut deeming rates.

NDIS Full Scheme Agreement for Victoria

Minister for Families and Social Services and Acting Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Anne Ruston, said The Commonwealth and Victoria governments have reached enduring arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria.