Media Releases

Suspension of mutual obligations requirements for Victoria

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in Victoria after the announcement of a five-day COVID-19 lockdown. The suspension of mutual obligation requirements will be in place from today, Friday 16 July and will remain in place until Thursday, 22 July 2021 inclusive.

Dedicated job platform connecting people with disability with employers

An accessible, online job platform will be developed to connect people with disability with potential employers. Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the Morrison Government would provide $3.5 million to create a disability-specific digital resource to help individuals showcase their skills and abilities.

Suspension of mutual obligations requirements in NSW extended further

The Australian Government has further extended the suspension of mutual obligation requirements after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were extended in parts of New South Wales.

National Summit on Women’s Safety 2021 program launched

Financial security, policing and justice responses, sexual violence and challenges facing diverse members of the Australian community will be key topics discussed at the upcoming National Summit on Women’s Safety 2021. The Summit will, however, be postponed and will now take place on September 6 and 7, 2021 at Parliament House in Canberra, due to uncertainties regarding COVID-19.

Australia’s first accredited training for health practitioners and frontline workers to improve responses to victims of sexual violence

Monash University has developed Australia’s first training course accredited by multiple professional bodies to help health professionals and frontline workers better recognise and respond to victims of sexual violence.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements in NSW extended

The Morrison Government has extended the suspension of mutual obligation requirements after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were further extended in parts of New South Wales.

Dedicated national referral and support service for people with disability

Australians with disability will be encouraged to interact with a new dedicated one-stop shop providing advice and up-to-date information for people with disability as a national campaign rolls out across our screens this week.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council to inform the next National Plan to end family, domestic and sexual violence

The Morrison Government has established a 13-member Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council to inform the development of the next National Plan to end family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia and support the implementation of the Closing the Gap Target 13.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in Queensland

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for employment services participants in Queensland in the Local Government Areas of Townsville, Palm Island, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Sunshine Coast.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in Western Australia and the Northern Territory

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for employment services participants in regions affected by the COVID-19 lockdowns announced in Western Australian and Northern Territory yesterday.

Minister Ruston acknowledges outgoing Our Watch Chair

Minister for Women’s Safety Anne Ruston acknowledged the contributions of Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AO who has announced today that she will be stepping down as Chair of Our Watch, the national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children.

Further suspension of mutual obligation requirements in NSW

The Morrison Government has extended the suspension of mutual obligation requirements after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were further extended in New South Wales yesterday.

Three institutions named for failure to join National Redress Scheme

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston has today named three institutions which have failed to fulfil their moral obligations to sign up to the National Redress Scheme.

National Redress Scheme to provide advance payments

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse who are older or terminally ill will be able to access advance payments of $10,000 under proposed changes to the National Redress Scheme.

Advisory body to help shape a future free from violence against women

The Morrison Government has established a National Plan Advisory Group which will inform the development of the National Plan to end family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.

Five part children’s audiobook to help Stop it at the Start

The Morrison Government’s Stop it at the Start campaign has partnered with Nova Entertainment to launch a five part children’s audiobook to encourage respectful attitudes in the next generation.

Funding to support migrants, refugees and women in northern Tasmania

The Morrison Government is providing an additional $150,000 to the Migrant Resource Centre North to better support and empower migrants and refugees to connect with their community and live fulfilling lives.

Morrison Government delivers more housing for women and children fleeing violence

The Morrison Government is delivering safe and affordable housing in Tasmania as the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation and Hobart City Deal – Improving Social Housing programs progress.

Dedicated national helpline for Australians with autism

The first national helpline for Australians with autism will provide online, digital and phone-based support services to improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum.

Update on mutual obligations requirements in Victoria

The Morrison Government has extended the suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Commonwealth COVID-19 hotspot declared region of Greater Melbourne, Victoria.