Media Releases

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.

National Centre of Indigenous Excellence investment to drive social change

The Morrison Government is backing-in an innovative Redfern organisation with a $140,000 investment that will drive social change. Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence would receive the funding to expand its services and create more opportunities for Indigenous Australians. “The centre provides programs and services that are designed to create lasting benefits,” Minister Ruston said.

Reducing family violence in Australian communities

Community organisations will work directly with men through culturally appropriate initiatives to address the unique challenges in reducing family violence in some of our most at risk communities.

Delivering more immediate support to Australians impacted by bushfires

An extra $400 for each child that has qualified for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment in bushfire-hit towns and regions as well as more food vouchers, financial assistance and support services will help Australians affected by the ongoing bushfire disaster.