Media Releases

More Services Australia staff for Aussies to rely on during emergencies and natural disasters

Minister for Government Services, the Hon. Bill Shorten, is pleased to announce the Labor Albanese Government will provide an additional $588 million in 2022-23, to ensure Services Australia (the Agency) supports Australians during emergencies, particularly when impacted by natural disasters.

Financial support extended for people affected by Victorian floods

The Australian Government has extended support to more flood affected areas of Victoria making the one-off, non-means tested Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment available for individuals across an additional 4 Local Government Areas.

Federal disaster support for more flood affected residents in New South Wales

The Australian Government’s Disaster Recovery Allowance has been extended to eligible individuals in 12 additional local government areas (LGAs) following severe storms and flooding impacting large areas of New South Wales in September and October.

Getting NDIS participants home from hospital

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Hon. Bill Shorten has today announced that 54 NDIS Specialised Hospital Discharge Planners will work in hospitals across the country.

Continued COVID supports for NDIS participants

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Hon. Bill Shorten, wants to assure participants they will continue to be supported with proportionate and targeted measures that reflect the significant health risks many people with disability continue to face due to COVID-19.

Mobile service centres sent to flood zones

Services Australia’s Mobile Service Centres Golden Wattle and Blue Gum have been deployed to flood affected regions in Victoria and Tasmania.

NDIS 2.0: A new hope

The Albanese Government has today launched an Independent Review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to improve the wellbeing of Australians with disability and ensure the Scheme’s sustainability so that future generations receive the benefit of the NDIS.

Financial support extended for people affected by South-Eastern Australia floods

The Australian Government has extended support to more flood affected areas of south-eastern Australia making the one-off, non-means tested Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment available for individuals across an additional 12 local government areas (LGAs) in Victoria and Tasmania.

Financial support for people affected by south-eastern Australia floods

The Australian Government has moved quickly to support people in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales affected by the ongoing extensive flooding, making disaster assistance payments for individuals available across an additional 44 Local Government Areas.

myGov users invited to provide feedback as audit consultation opens

The myGov user audit consultation has started with a survey calling for people’s experiences in using Australia’s largest authenticated digital platform.

$139.9 million funding extension for projects improving the lives of all people with disability

The Australian Government will provide funding of $139.9 million to extend 389 projects aimed at building the individual capacity and increasing the social, economic and community participation of people with disability.

$20 million to help employers hire people living with disability

Businesses will be better supported to break down barriers to employment with $20 million in grant funding to ensure more Australians living with disability, who want to work, have the opportunity to do so.

Optus must handover customer data

The Albanese Labor Government is today again reiterating its requests that Optus cooperate with Government agencies to help us help Australians who are caught up in the recent Optus data breach.

Fixing the NDIS: Faster access to low-cost home modifications

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants will have faster, easier access to minor home modifications, Minister for the NDIS, the Hon. Bill Shorten has announced today.

Cashless debit card program to end following passage of legislation

The Albanese Labor Government has today delivered on a key election commitment and secured the passage of legislation to abolish the failed cashless debit card program.

Kurt Fearnley to lead NDIA Board

Australian Paralympic legend and disability advocate Kurt Fearnley AO has been appointed Chairman of the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

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.