Media Releases

Increased access to the National Redress Scheme for Indigenous Australians

Retta Dixon Home will now be covered by the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse allowing survivors to have their applications progressed.

Paid Parental Leave Scheme amendment to support parents in lockdown

A Bill being introduced to Parliament today will allow parents to count the period they have received the COVID-19 Disaster Payment towards the work test for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay.

Supporting Mildura children and families

The Morrison and Andrews Governments will each provide $2.6 million to support Mildura children and families to connect with local services and improve their health and wellbeing outcomes.

Caring for our carers

Carers across the country are now able to receive in-person advice and professional assistance to support their own wellbeing with a new free coaching service available through the national carer service, Carer Gateway.

National Summit on Women’s Safety to go online

The Morrison Government today announced that the National Summit on Women’s Safety will be delivered virtually as a result of continued COVID-19 restrictions.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the NT, ACT and Metropolitan Melbourne

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Greater Darwin and Katherine regions in the Northern Territory (NT) and extended the suspensions already in place for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Metropolitan Melbourne after confirmation today of COVID-19 lockdown arrangements in those areas.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for regional New South Wales

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in regional New South Wales after the announcement of a seven-day COVID-19 lockdown.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the ACT and far north NSW

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Australian Capital Territory and far north New South Wales after COVID-19 lockdowns were announced today in those regions.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in Metropolitan Melbourne and Dubbo NSW

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Dubbo Local Government Area after the Victorian and New South Wales governments confirmed COVID-19 lockdown arrangements in those areas.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Tamworth and Northern Rivers LGAs of NSW

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Tamworth and Northern Rivers districts of New South Wales after the New South Wales Government announced COVID-19 lockdowns in those areas.

Social Services funding boost towards Closing the Gap

The Morrison Government is investing $98 million in a series of innovative new programs to prevent vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families falling through the cracks as part of the first Closing the Gap Implementation Plan.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas after the Queensland Government announced a three-day COVID-19 lockdown.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for New South Wales job seekers and participants in Armidale Regional area

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Armidale Regional Local Government Area after the New South Wales Government announced a seven-day COVID-19 lockdown.

More safe housing for women and children escaping violence

The Morrison Government is delivering new emergency accommodation in the Australian Capital Territory to support women and children fleeing violence.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in Victoria and NSW Hunter and Upper Hunter Regions

The Australian Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the state of Victoria and the Hunter and Upper Hunter Regions of New South Wales after the announcements of a seven-day COVID-19 lockdown in those areas.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in South-East Queensland extended

The Morrison Government has extended the suspension of mutual obligation requirements after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were extended today in South-East Queensland.

Microenterprise program enables women to start up small businesses

The Morrison Government is providing $3.5 million to Grameen Australia to establish and deliver an innovative program to create entrepreneurial opportunities for unemployed women.

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements in NSW extended

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

More resources and support for Australians with Motor Neurone Disease

Australians with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) will have better access to essential information through a new website and national information line.

Covid-19 Disaster support payment boosted

Increased financial support for hundreds of thousands of workers in New South Wales will be available from next week as part of the Commonwealth Government’s expanded national COVID-19 Disaster Payment.