Media Releases

Hearing Australia Belconnen centre officially opened

Today the Hon Bill Shorten MP, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services, officially opened the Hearing Australia centre in Belconnen, ACT.

Albanese Government protecting Commonwealth frontline workers

The Albanese Government is working to better protect frontline workers from violence and aggression.

Getting the NDIS back on track

Today the Albanese Government will introduce to Parliament changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) that will deliver for those who need it most and will contribute towards the NDIS once again being delivered in line with its original intent.

Cracking down on overcharging of NDIS participants

A new taskforce to crackdown on unfair price hikes for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants is now operational.

Refreshed strategy to support more NDIS participants into work

A refreshed plan of action by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is aiming to support more people with disability find and keep jobs.

Applications open for 2024 Australian Government Indigenous Apprenticeships Program

Applications are now open for the 2024 intake of the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program (IAP). The IAP supports First Nations people to start a career in the Australian Public Service.

Progress on the Disability Royal Commission and Disability reforms

The Albanese Labor Government continues its commitment to people with disability, today releasing a Progress Update in response to the Disability Royal Commission’s final report, along with publishing new Disability Employment Services guidelines.

Services Australia creates new jobs in Bendigo

The Australian Government has created 11 new jobs in the Central Victoria region as part of its $228 million commitment to deliver new staff to Services Australia.

Joint Statement on Australian, State and Territory responses to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Disability Ministers welcome the historic final report of the Disability Royal Commission.

Decorated cop to oversee NDIS watchdog

Minister for the NDIS the Hon. Bill Shorten MP today announced Michael Phelan APM as the interim acting Commissioner of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguards Commission for a three-month term.

Federal Disaster Recovery Payment extended for fire affected Victorians

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) is being extended to eligible residents in the Victorian communities of Dadswell Bridge in the Rural City of Horsham and Raglan in the Shire of Pyrenees, who were significantly impacted by recent fires.

Statement regarding outgoing NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner Tracy Mackey

Today, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner Tracy Mackey has announced that she will be resigning from her position effective in May.

Federal Disaster Recovery Payment for fire impacted Victorians

Residents in the Pomonal area who have been significantly impacted by recent fires in Western Victoria will be able to apply for the Australian Government’s Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) from 2pm tomorrow (Wednesday 21 February).

NDIS supports innovative efforts to support babies with early signs of autism to thrive

Minister for the NDIS, Bill Shorten, and WA Minister for Health, Amber-Jade Sanderson, visited Inklings, an innovative early intervention program funded for $13.8 million by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Inaugural Meeting of National Disability Data Asset Council

The Albanese Government is progressing its positive agenda to improve programs and services for people with disability by convening the first meeting of the National Disability Data Asset Council today.

Reinforcing a sustainable, honest, and trustworthy NDIS

The Albanese Government will provide initial funding of $83.9 million to strengthen the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and make sure every dollar is going to participants who need it.

$25.5m in Medicare benefits paid

The Australian Government’s delivered more than $25 million in unpaid Medicare benefits to over 116,000 Aussies.

3,000 extra staff to help Services Australia

3,000 new staff are cutting the claims backlog and call wait times at Services Australia.

Federal disaster recovery payment for more Queenslanders

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children will soon be available for more communities significantly impacted by severe weather events in Queensland.

Digital statutory declarations now available in myGov

People can now create a Commonwealth statutory declaration in a new end-to-end digital process in myGov, without needing an approved witness.