Media Releases

Pilot program to develop a best practice approach for recruitment of people with disability

A new pilot program will examine barriers and identify initiatives to improve employment prospects and workforce opportunities for Australians with a disability.

Morrison Government acts on Disability Royal Commission COVID-19 Report

The Morrison Government has acted quickly to address many of the issues raised in the Disability Royal Commission Public Hearing Report about experiences of people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional $12.5 million for Emergency Relief across Australia

The Morrison Government is providing an additional $12.5 million to 46 emergency relief providers in areas of urgent need. Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the funding would ensure emergency relief service providers could continue to support Australians doing it tough.

Extension of suspension of mutual obligation requirements for Western Australian regions affected by ex-cyclone Seroja

The Australian Government has extended the suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers in regions affected by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for Western Australian regions affected by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja

The Australian Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers in regions affected by Ex-Tropical Cylone Seroja.

$36 million to support disability employment and community participation

More than 160 organisations across Australia will share in $36 million to run projects to improve the employment prospects of people with disability and increase participation of people with disability in community activities.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué

Community Services Ministers’ (CSM) met in Adelaide and via teleconference on 9 April 2021.

Design submissions open soon for the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Australian design professionals are being asked to submit designs for the National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

Australians invited to help shape a future for women free of violence

The Morrison Government has opened public consultation on the next National Plan to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.

Assistance extended for flood and storm-affected communities in NSW

The Australian Government is extending the period that mutual obligation requirements will be lifted for communities affected by flooding and storms in New South Wales.

Day one of a stronger social security safety net

From today the rate of working age payments will be permanently boosted following the historic passage of the Strengthening Income Support package through Parliament in March.

$6 million investment to improve the lives of Australians on the Autism Spectrum

Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, the Morrison Government is granting $6 million to Autism CRC to improve health services and education and employment opportunities for Australians on the autism spectrum.

Supporting Greater Brisbane through COVID-19

The Australian Government will lift mutual obligation requirements for job seekers in Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton Bay and Brisbane Local Government Areas from today 29 March 2021 to Tuesday 6 April 2021 inclusive

Five Fairbridge farm schools to join the National Redress Scheme

Five former Fairbridge farm schools will now be covered by the National Redress Scheme allowing survivors of these institutions to have their applications progressed.

Temporary pause lifted on new Cashless Debit Card participants

The temporary pause on new income support recipients going on to the Cashless Debit Card program, which was put in place in response to COVID-19, has been lifted.

Strengthening Australia’s social security safety net

The Morrison Government is delivering on its commitment to enhance Australia’s social security safety net after Parliament today passed the historic Strengthening Income Support package.

More choice for Income Management participants

From today about 25,000 Income Management participants in the Northern Territory can now volunteer to transfer from the BasicsCard to the Cashless Debit Card.

March indexation delivers increased payments

More than five million Australians will receive an increase to their social security payments from 20 March 2021 when indexation takes effect.

Australians encouraged to “unmute” themselves and call out disrespect

The Morrison Government will today launch the $18.8 million third phase of the national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children to mark International Women’s Day.

$1.3 billion boost for Australian households

Around $1.3 billion will land in eligible Australians’ bank accounts from this week, as the Morrison Government delivers a fourth Economic Support Payment.