Media Releases

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communique

Community Services Ministers met to discuss current actions underway to support communities, families and children to manage the impact of COVID-19. All Ministers acknowledged that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on multiple aspects of daily life for families and children and Ministers renewed their commitment to support families and children to navigate successfully through this difficult and unsettling period.

COVID -19 mutual obligation arrangements – Further extension of suspension and assistance to job seekers

The lifting of mutual obligations will continue until 22 May 2020 as a result of the impact of COVID-19. During this time employment services remain open and available to support job seekers to prepare for and find available jobs.

Protecting the lives of Australians with disability during Coronavirus

The Australian Government has taken urgent action to protect the lives of Australians with disability as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic.

Urgent support for 300 charities and community organisations

The Morrison Government is providing an immediate $100 million funding injection to more than 300 charities and community organisations to support Australians in the wake of the coronavirus economic downturn.

Supporting Australians most at risk in the wake of coronavirus

The Morrison Government has committed more than $154 million in additional support for Australians living with disability, experiencing domestic and family violence and families doing it tough amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Urgent support for frontline domestic violence services

The Morrison Government will provide $32.5 million to states and territories to immediately bolster frontline services to protect those most at risk of domestic violence as a result of living changes enforced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Immediate response plan to focus on people with disability during Coronavirus

Minister for Health Greg Hunt, Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston, and Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert have announced the establishment of an advisory group to guide development and implementation of a response plan focusing on the unique health needs of people with disability during the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister - Joint Media Release - $1.1 billion to support more mental health, Medicare and domestic violence services

More help will be given to millions of Australians battling the devastating impacts of coronavirus with a $1.1 billion package which boosts mental health services, domestic violence support, Medicare assistance for people at home and emergency food relief.

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.