Media Releases

National Redress Scheme Financial Sanctions

A new Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) governance standard is now in place which requires registered charities to take reasonable steps to join the National Redress Scheme if an application has been made, or is likely to be made, against them.

Morrison Government commits record $9B to social security safety net

The Morrison Government is enhancing our social security safety net by increasing support for unemployed Australians while strengthening their obligations to search for work.

Supporting Victoria through COVID-19

The Morrison Government will lift mutual obligation requirements for job seekers in Victoria from today 12 February 2021 to Monday 22 February 2021 inclusive.

Funding boost for Queensland Cashless Debit Card support services

Support services in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay regions will receive additional funding to provide ongoing assistance to local Cashless Debit Card participants.

Lifting mutual obligation requirements for bushfire affected areas in Western Australia

The Morrison Government will continue to support Western Australian communities devastated by bushfires, as they look to rebuild and recover.

Supporting Western Australia through COVID-19

The Morrison Government will lift mutual obligation requirements for job seekers in the Perth Metropolitan, Peel and South West regions from today 1 February 2021 to Tuesday 9 February 2021.

National Redress Scheme December 31 deadline update

About 450 institutions have signed up to the National Redress Scheme covering more than 60,650 sites including churches, children’s homes, schools, swimming centres and sports clubs.

Breaking down barriers into the workforce for people with a disability and mental illness

The Morrison Government is investing in innovative strategies to address the barriers preventing people with mental illness and disability from finding and keeping a job.

Delivering record support to prevent and address domestic violence

The Morrison Government continues to stand side-by-side with Australians as restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic impact families and the support services they rely on. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Senator the Hon. Marise Payne and Minister for Families and Social Services Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston want to reinforce to anyone experiencing family and domestic violence that help will continue to be available throughout the holiday period.

Building education and employment opportunities for North-West Tasmania

The Morrison and Gutwein Governments will provide more than $2 million over five years to Burnie Works to help improve local employment opportunities.

National Redress Scheme increases access for survivors

The Morrison Government is maximising access to redress for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse by ensuring all named institutions are obliged to join throughout the life of the National Redress Scheme.

Temporary enhanced support extended for a further three months

The Morrison Government will continue to provide elevated levels of income support into the new year after Parliament today passed the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020. From 1 January 2021, existing and new working age payment recipients will be paid a $150 Coronavirus Supplement on top of their base rate of payment until 31 March 2021.

Cashless Debit Card extension provides certainty for participants

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said that the Cashless Debit Card extension was a positive step towards easing the social harm caused by problem alcohol, gambling and drug use and provides budgeting assistance and support in communities.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué

Community Services Ministers (CSM) met via teleconference on 27 November 2020.

New disability strategy to increase Australian Public Service employment opportunities

Marking International Day of People with Disability, the Morrison Government has today released a new Australian Public Service (APS) employment strategy to make employing people with disability a mainstream part of the APS culture.

Disability Royal Commission Public Hearing COVID-19 Report

The Australian Government welcomes the COVID-19 report of the Disability Royal Commission.

New sanctions for failure to join the National Redress Scheme

The Morrison Government plans to strip organisations of their charitable status if they fail to fulfil their obligation to join the National Redress Scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

National partnership to promote Australians with disability

The Morrison Government has partnered with the ABC to promote the work and contribution of Australians with disability ahead of International Day of People with Disability on 3 December.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, it is important that all Australians consider how they can each drive real and lasting change to improve the safety of women and their children.

Retirement Income Review Final Report

The Morrison Government has today released the independent Retirement Income Review Final Report which confirms that “the Australian retirement income system is effective, sound and its costs are broadly sustainable.” The Review also finds that Australia’s retirement income system is well placed to respond to the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.