Media Releases

Empowering communities with the abolition of the cashless debit card program

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering a long-term plan to ensure certainty, choice and support to communities moving off the cashless debit card program.

Airport link a giant win for Maribyrnong and Victoria

Member for Maribyrnong and Minister for the NDIS and Government Services Bill Shorten says the Victorian Government’s announcement that Keilor East will have a brand-new station for the new airport ‘sky rail’ line is a boon for the whole electorate and local community.

Boosting jobs for people with autism

The Services Australia Aurora Neurodiversity Program is now recruiting people with autism into digital and ICT roles in one of the APS’s largest and most diverse ICT shops.

Leading experts to begin myGov revolution

Former chief executive of Telstra David Thodey AO will lead a panel of experts overseeing an expansive user audit of myGov.

Faster hospital discharge for NDIS participants

A new approach will see National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants discharged from hospital more quickly, Minister for the NDIS, the Hon. Bill Shorten said today.

Rapid work to revolutionise how Australians interact with government services

Government website myGov has had a facelift to make connecting with government services online simpler and there is more to come, with busy work underway for the first myGov app.

Two fraudsters in one day: NDIS provider arrested and another receives prison sentence

Minister for the NDIS, Bill Shorten, is zeroing in on those who would fleece Australians with permanent and significant disability of their National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding.

New pilot to support vulnerable Australians unveiled in Melbourne

A new community partnership pilot to better support Australians experiencing homelessness and other complex circumstances to access essential government help has been unveiled today between Services Australia and identified charitable organisations.

Establishment of the Royal Commission into Robodebt

The Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) has issued Letters Patent establishing a Royal Commission into the former debt assessment and recovery scheme commonly known as Robodebt.

Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing Review Launched

A review of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) pricing has today been launched to cement the future of quality, innovative housing for eligible National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants – with the Terms of Reference now available.

$22 million suspicious disaster claims blocked

scammers and fraudsters trying to rort the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment claims and the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments.

National Black Spot Program to improve safety in Maribyrnong electorate

Funding under the Labor Government’s Black Spot Program will substantially improve the safety of a number of dangerous crash sites across the country.

Minister for NDIS holds first ever NDIS Jobs and Skills Forum

In the lead up to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s National Jobs and Skills Summit, the Hon. Bill Shorten, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), is holding the first ever NDIS Jobs and Skills Forum.

More flood-impacted NSW residents eligible for federal disaster support

Australian Government disaster payments are now available to eligible residents in five additional local government areas (LGAs) affected by the severe storms and flooding that continue to impact large areas of New South Wales.

$31 million to boost readiness for educational environments for children with disability or developmental concerns

The Albanese Labor Government has today announced grants of $16 million under the National Early Childhood Program (NECP) and an additional $15 million under the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program.

Government services under one roof in Colac

Services Australia is on the move in Colac with the service centre relocating from its current site in Bromfield Street, to newly refurbished premises at 13 Connor Street from Monday 1 August 2022.

Protecting people living with disability from the latest COVID-19 wave

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to protecting people living with disability and their carers from the latest COVID-19 winter wave and will launch a targeted text message campaign to protect their health.

Chair of NDIA Board resigns

I have received the resignation of The Hon. Dr Denis Napthine AO as Chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Board.

Disaster payments available for more NSW flood-impacted residents

Federal Government disaster payments are available now to eligible residents in eight additional local government areas (LGAs) affected by the severe storms and flooding that continue to impact large areas of New South Wales.

Shorten visits disaster claim centre as payments hit $340m in 3 days for flood affected NSW

Almost 415,000 people affected by the severe storms and flooding in New South Wales (NSW) have received more than $340 million in Australian Government disaster assistance, with Services Australia staff continuing to process claims across the weekend.