Media Releases

Supporting South Australians through the Coronavirus pandemic

Enhanced support and expanded access to Australia’s social security system is in place to support South Australians as the state grapples with COVID-19.

Mutual obligation requirements return for Victorian job seekers

The Morrison Government will introduce a further step in the gradual return to mutual obligation arrangements for job seekers residing in, or serviced by, a provider in Victoria from 23 November 2020. Mutual obligations were suspended for job seekers as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020 but have been gradually reintroduced as coronavirus restrictions have eased across Australia. The re-introduction of mutual obligations in Victoria on 23 November will bring the state into line with all other states and territories’ requirements that have been in effect since 28 September 2020.

Support for more than 5 million Australians on its way

The Morrison Government is delivering on its commitment to support Australians affected by the economic impact of COVID-19 after Parliament passed the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Coronavirus and Other Measures) Bill 2020.

JobSeeker Supplement extended to March

The Morrison Government will extend temporary support through the social security system, for those Australians seeking work, for a further three months as economic confidence and momentum builds.

Australians invited to take part in survey for National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

An online survey to give all Australians a chance to have input on the scope of the new National Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse is now open.

Interim Report released by Disability Royal Commission

The Morrison Government today welcomed the release of the interim report from the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

More than $75 million in grants to support economic and community participation for Australians with disability

More than $75 million in grants is available to organisations and employers who create opportunities for people with disability to contribute to community prosperity and participate in community life as part of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program.

National Redress Scheme feedback study open as more institutions sign up

A feedback study giving survivors of child sexual abuse a chance to have a say on their experience with the National Redress Scheme is now open.

$5 million boost for Food Relief providers

The Morrison Government is providing an additional $5 million in Food Relief funding to give a boost to the sector to continue delivering services throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

2020-21 Budget delivers support for older and vulnerable Australians

The Morrison Government continues to deliver the essential social services that Australians depend on while providing a supercharged social security safety net as part of our Economic Recovery Plan for Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safe places for women and children escaping violence

About 700 new safe places for women and children escaping domestic violence will be built across the country under the Morrison Government’s $60 million Safe Places initiative for new and expanded emergency accommodation.

More support for grieving families

Parents of stillborn babies will have improved access to bereavement payments under changes to support for families dealing with the personal, social and financial impacts after the loss of a child.

Funding boost for Melbourne emergency relief providers

The Morrison Government is providing additional $4.22 million in emergency relief funding for providers in greater Melbourne to support increased demand.

Extension of temporary income support measures

The Morrison Government has put in place a series of temporary support targeted to individual circumstances through JobKeeper Payment and JobSeeker Payment as the country transitions to a post-COVID economy.

Mutual obligation requirements return for job seekers

The Morrison Government will introduce a further step in the gradual return to mutual obligation arrangements for all job seekers from 28 September 2020, with the exception of Victoria where mutual obligation requirements will remain suspended.

$68.25 million for frontline domestic violence support services

The Morrison Government’s $150 million domestic violence response package is expanding perpetrator interventions, providing case management for survivors through court processes, producing tech-enabled support services and increasing safe accommodation capacity.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communique

Community Services Ministers (CSM) met via teleconference on Friday 11 September 2020. The ACT was represented by senior officials as the ACT Government entered caretaker period on 11 September 2020. Ministers acknowledged the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic particularly in Victoria. Ministers reiterated their joint commitment in continuing to work together to support all families affected by the pandemic.

More institutions now covered by the National Redress Scheme

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston announced additional institutions are now covered by the National Redress Scheme allowing more than 50 applications to be processed.

Vale Sue Salthouse

The sudden passing of Sue Salthouse is immensely saddening. Sue was a passionate advocate for people with disability and a member of the NDIS Independent Advisory Council.

New trauma guide to support people with disability

The Morrison Government is backing the development of a best-practice guide to better support people with disability who have experienced complex trauma.