Media Releases

Embedded support for vulnerable Australians

An innovative program helping to bridge the gap between people doing it tough and Australia’s welfare system is being extended across Australia.

Improving the lives of Australians living with disability through research

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to improving the lives of Australians living with disability through research by today releasing two key projects that will help drive evidence-based policy reform.

Financial support available now for school leavers

With year 12 students around the country receiving final results this week, graduates planning to continue study or start an apprenticeship are being urged to get ready for 2023.

NDIS legacy appeal cases slashed

Minister for the NDIS and Government Services, the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, has today announced that almost 60 per cent of NDIS legacy appeal cases inherited from the former Liberal-National Government have now been cleared through overhauled dispute resolution processes.

Record claims processed to help Australians in disaster

Eight nationally significant disaster events since January 2022 have required a turbo charged response to processing government payments.

New MyGov app simplifies access to Government services

Accessing government services is now easier with the new myGov app. Minister for Government Services the Hon Bill Shorten MP said the app, available to download now from app stores, is part of ongoing improvements to Australia’s largest authenticated government platform.

International Day of People with Disability is more than a celebration

The Albanese Labor Government is calling on Australians to recognise this year’s International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) by working together to help overcome the barriers to inclusion for the 4.4 million Australians living with disability.

Minister Shorten Interview on ABC RN Breakfast with Patricia Karvelas

Minister Shorten discusses the Medibank data breach, the former Government Services Minister, and the IR Bill with Patricia Karvelas.

Providing more options for older Australians and eligible Veterans to work more in time for Christmas

From today, pensioners over Age Pension age and eligible Veterans will be able to earn more income from working without reducing their pension, just in time to take advantage of seasonal jobs.

NDIS – We want you to be heard

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Review is putting people with disability back at the centre of the NDIS.

Arrest made in welfare fraud ring

A Taiwanese national suspected of rorting more than $130,000 in COVID-19 support payments has been arrested in Sydney overnight.

Boosting Government services

The Albanese Government has honoured its election commitments to boost services and staff numbers at Services Australia offices and undertake a comprehensive audit of the myGov digital platform.

Getting the NDIS back on track

The Albanese Government is delivering on its election commitment to get the NDIS back on track.

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.