Media Releases

National Redress Scheme December 31 deadline update

About 450 institutions have signed up to the National Redress Scheme covering more than 60,650 sites including churches, children’s homes, schools, swimming centres and sports clubs.

Breaking down barriers into the workforce for people with a disability and mental illness

The Morrison Government is investing in innovative strategies to address the barriers preventing people with mental illness and disability from finding and keeping a job.

Delivering record support to prevent and address domestic violence

The Morrison Government continues to stand side-by-side with Australians as restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic impact families and the support services they rely on. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Senator the Hon. Marise Payne and Minister for Families and Social Services Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston want to reinforce to anyone experiencing family and domestic violence that help will continue to be available throughout the holiday period.

Building education and employment opportunities for North-West Tasmania

The Morrison and Gutwein Governments will provide more than $2 million over five years to Burnie Works to help improve local employment opportunities.

National Redress Scheme increases access for survivors

The Morrison Government is maximising access to redress for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse by ensuring all named institutions are obliged to join throughout the life of the National Redress Scheme.

Temporary enhanced support extended for a further three months

The Morrison Government will continue to provide elevated levels of income support into the new year after Parliament today passed the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020. From 1 January 2021, existing and new working age payment recipients will be paid a $150 Coronavirus Supplement on top of their base rate of payment until 31 March 2021.

Cashless Debit Card extension provides certainty for participants

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said that the Cashless Debit Card extension was a positive step towards easing the social harm caused by problem alcohol, gambling and drug use and provides budgeting assistance and support in communities.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué

Community Services Ministers (CSM) met via teleconference on 27 November 2020.

New disability strategy to increase Australian Public Service employment opportunities

Marking International Day of People with Disability, the Morrison Government has today released a new Australian Public Service (APS) employment strategy to make employing people with disability a mainstream part of the APS culture.

Disability Royal Commission Public Hearing COVID-19 Report

The Australian Government welcomes the COVID-19 report of the Disability Royal Commission.

New sanctions for failure to join the National Redress Scheme

The Morrison Government plans to strip organisations of their charitable status if they fail to fulfil their obligation to join the National Redress Scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

National partnership to promote Australians with disability

The Morrison Government has partnered with the ABC to promote the work and contribution of Australians with disability ahead of International Day of People with Disability on 3 December.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, it is important that all Australians consider how they can each drive real and lasting change to improve the safety of women and their children.

Retirement Income Review Final Report

The Morrison Government has today released the independent Retirement Income Review Final Report which confirms that “the Australian retirement income system is effective, sound and its costs are broadly sustainable.” The Review also finds that Australia’s retirement income system is well placed to respond to the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting South Australians through the Coronavirus pandemic

Enhanced support and expanded access to Australia’s social security system is in place to support South Australians as the state grapples with COVID-19.

Mutual obligation requirements return for Victorian job seekers

The Morrison Government will introduce a further step in the gradual return to mutual obligation arrangements for job seekers residing in, or serviced by, a provider in Victoria from 23 November 2020. Mutual obligations were suspended for job seekers as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020 but have been gradually reintroduced as coronavirus restrictions have eased across Australia. The re-introduction of mutual obligations in Victoria on 23 November will bring the state into line with all other states and territories’ requirements that have been in effect since 28 September 2020.

Support for more than 5 million Australians on its way

The Morrison Government is delivering on its commitment to support Australians affected by the economic impact of COVID-19 after Parliament passed the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Coronavirus and Other Measures) Bill 2020.

JobSeeker Supplement extended to March

The Morrison Government will extend temporary support through the social security system, for those Australians seeking work, for a further three months as economic confidence and momentum builds.

Australians invited to take part in survey for National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

An online survey to give all Australians a chance to have input on the scope of the new National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse is now open.

Interim Report released by Disability Royal Commission

The Morrison Government today welcomed the release of the interim report from the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.