Media Releases

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.

National Redress Scheme update

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston has today named six institutions which have failed to sign up to the National Redress Scheme by the 30 June 2020 deadline.

Additional financial counselling services in bushfire affected areas

The Morrison Government will provide $3.5 million to increase access to financial counselling services to deliver ongoing support to communities across Australia ravaged during the recent bushfire season.

Scholarship for regional Australians with disability

The Morrison Government has partnered with the ABC to showcase the incredible work of up and coming content makers with disability and increase employment opportunities.

National Disability Research Partnership paves the way for further improvements to disability policy

The Morrison Government has today announced the launch of the National Disability Research Partnership, led by the Melbourne Disability Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Independent Reviewer appointed for the National Redress Scheme

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston today announced the appointment of Ms Robyn Kruk AO as the Independent Reviewer for the second anniversary review of the National Redress Scheme. Minister Ruston said the Scheme has been in operation for two years and it was important to reflect on the Scheme to ensure its continued improvement for survivors.

Deadline looms to join the National Redress Scheme

Another 130 institutions have signed up to the National Redress Scheme including three named in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Institutions named in either the Royal Commission or applications to the Scheme must provide a clear written statement with their intent to join no later than 30 June 2020.