Media Releases

Community Services Ministers' Meeting Communique

Community Services Ministers met to continue discussions about actions in place to support communities, families and children to manage the impact of the Coronavirus.

Continued support for young people leaving out-of-home care

The Morrison Government is extending the Towards Independent Adulthood trial in Western Australia to help support young people scheduled to leave out-of-home care in coming months.

$9 million funding boost for community volunteers

The Morrison Government will provide $9 million to local community groups and organisations to support the work of Australia’s volunteers.

Boost to Domestic and Family Violence Services

The Morrison Government is boosting funding to Men’s Referral Service and the Salvation Army to ensure more people can access support for domestic and family violence during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cashless Debit Card update

The Government is enhancing the user experience for Cashless Debit Card trial participants by introducing contactless payments and a 1 per cent interest rate on account balances. Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston is also extending the existing trial sites until 31 December 2020.

Campaign to combat domestic violence during COVID-19 crisis

The Morrison Government is rolling out extra measures to ensure people experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence know where to get help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Government partners with private sector to urge at risk Australians to reach out for help

The Morrison Government is working with the private sector to encourage Australians who are doing it tough to seek help while in isolation and physically distancing. Major retailers Coles, IGA and Woolworths are among the businesses which will help spread the word about support services available to people at risk.

Supporting isolated older Australians during Coronavirus

The Morrison Government will provide $1 million in grants for community organisations to provide digital devices to older Australians through the Be Connected program.

National Redress Scheme update 2020

The National Redress Scheme will be assessed against a set of performance measures covering three priority areas: survivor experience, the health of the Scheme and equity of access.

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.