Community Services Ministers (CSM) met via teleconference on Wednesday 29 July 2020 to continue their discussions regarding supporting Australian children and their families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Morrison Government is delivering on its election promise to support people with autism into employment.
As steps are taken to re-open the Australian economy, mutual obligation requirements for job seekers will re-commence, in a limited capacity, from Tuesday 9 June 2020.
Minister for Women Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Minister for Families and Social Services Senator the Hon Anne Ruston have proposed draft Terms of Reference for an inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence.
The Morrison Government is supporting senior Australians through two new initiatives to prevent loneliness and social isolation under a $6 million communications package.
Community Services Ministers met to continue discussions about actions in place to support communities, families and children to manage the impact of the Coronavirus.
The Morrison Government is extending the Towards Independent Adulthood trial in Western Australia to help support young people scheduled to leave out-of-home care in coming months.
The Morrison Government will provide $9 million to local community groups and organisations to support the work of Australia’s volunteers.