Media Releases

Mutual Obligations arrangements extended

The Morrison Government will continue the suspension of mutual obligation until 27 April 2020 to support job seekers through this difficult period. As demand remains high on government services, the suspension of mutual obligation requirements will alleviate some of this congestion and give certainty to the sector.

Supporting sole traders through the effects of Coronavirus

The Morrison Government has expanded the eligibility criteria for JobSeeker Payment to support sole traders and Australians who are self-employed if their income is negatively affected by the economic impact of the Coronavirus.

Temporary pause on new Cashless Debit Card trial participants

The Morrison Government is initiating a temporary pause on placing new eligible participants on to the Cashless Debit Card in all existing trial sites.

Supporting students through the effects of Coronavirus

The Morrison Government is expanding the eligibility criteria for the fortnightly $550 Coronavirus supplement to Australians receiving student support payments.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communique

Community Services Ministers met via video conference to discuss priorities to improve the safety of children and young people in Australian communities. All Ministers acknowledged the critical importance of responding to COVID-19 given its impact on all Australians, including children and young people.

Modernising Australia's social security system

From today the JobSeeker Payment will progressively combine seven payments into one, replacing Newstart Allowance as the main payment for working-age unemployed people.

COVID-19 and Australia’s social security system

Australia’s social security system has a number of existing features to support people in the context of COVID-19.

Deeming rate cut to boost payments for 900,000 Australians

About 900,000 Australians will see an increase to their fortnightly social security payments following the Morrison Government’s decision to reduce deeming rates in response to changing economic conditions.

Commitment to supporting Australian women on International Women’s Day

The Morrison Government is providing a $2.8 million funding extension for Local Support Coordinators to ensure this support service for victims of domestic and family violence continues to be available in every state and territory across Australia.

No-interest loans supporting women to leave domestic violence

The Morrison Government is dedicating $20 million to expand the successful No Interest Loan Scheme to help women experiencing domestic violence rebuild their lives to mark International Women’s Day.

Changes to income reporting on the way

The Morrison Government is delivering on its commitment to simplify the welfare system after Parliament today passed legislation to make the income reporting process easier for payment recipients.

Statement on domestic and family violence

As ministers who are passionate about the work we do with and for women, we are saddened and appalled by the terrible events in Queensland. Our hearts go out to those who loved Hannah Clarke and her three children, Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey.

Commitment to improve 1800RESPECT with open procurement

The Morrison Government will conduct an open competitive procurement process to secure a provider to deliver Australia’s sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service to meet increasing demand and provide the highest quality support.

Improving the National Redress Scheme

The Morrison Government has released its response to the report, Getting the National Redress Scheme right: An overdue step towards justice, of the Joint Select Committee on oversight of the implementation of redress related recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Local Belrose initiative to drive social change

The Morrison Government is backing-in an innovative Belrose business with a $140,000 investment that will drive social change. Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said ticketing platform Humanitix in Belrose would receive the funding to attract private investment to grow their operations.

Lake Macquarie school wins national disability inclusion competition

Cardiff High School in Lake Macquarie has won the Morrison Government’s Grow Inclusion schools competition that was held to mark International Day of People with Disability.

Welfare dependence in Australia continues to fall

The proportion of working-age Australians receiving welfare benefits has fallen to its lowest level in more than 30 years.

National Redress Scheme committed to greater accountability and transparency

The number of institutions participating in the National Redress Scheme has more than doubled as the Morrison Government continues to pressure organisations to sign up.

Local Mt Evelyn initiative to drive social change

The Morrison Government is backing-in an innovative Mt Evelyn organisation with a $125,000 investment that will drive social change. Knoxbrooke Enterprises Ltd provides employment opportunities for people with disability at their Yarra View Nursery. As a result of significant demand, their current 12-acre site has become inadequate.

Welfare recipients to benefit from reporting simplification

The Morrison Government is seeking to overhaul the way welfare recipients report employment income to make the process simpler and to ensure payments are correct.