Media Releases

Hearing Australia launch new partnership with Salvation Army

Minister for the NDIS and Government Services Bill Shorten MP has today launched a new partnership between the Commonwealth, Hearing Australia and the Salvation Army.

Centrelink and Medicare services coming soon to Butler

Services Australia has reached agreement to open a new Service Centre on Butler Boulevard in early 2024, providing Butler residents with easier access to government services.

Stronger protections for frontline staff

In May this year, our Government announced an urgent review into staff safety at Services Australia in response to a serious physical attack on a staff member at Services Australia’s Airport West Service Centre in Melbourne.

Additional support for Community Sector Organisations

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to a strong community sector and will today begin the process of rolling out the first increased indexation and supplementation payments to more than 700 Community Sector Organisations.

Findings of the Disability Royal Commission

The Albanese Labor Government welcomes the final report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Partnerships in Alice Springs to support the community

Services Australia is playing a crucial role in supporting people in Central Australia to improve their wellbeing, by boosting government services through local community organisations.

Boosting support for Australians with autism

The Albanese Labor Government is supporting Australians with autism by investing in their future with an extension of funding for Autism CRC totalling $4 million in 2023-24.

Disability Sector Rallies Support for Voice to Parliament

In an Australian first, the disability sector have come together with First Nations people to launch an Easy Read interpretation of the Uluru Statement of the Heart.

Services Australia CEO Rebecca Skinner retires

I have been informed that Rebecca Skinner PSM, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Services Australia, will resign from the Australian Public Service (APS) effective Friday 29 September 2023.

Own Motion Inquiry into Platform Providers places NDIS participant voices front and centre

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has today released the Insights Report: Own Motion Inquiry into Platform Providers Operating in the NDIS market.

Adelaide men accused of NDIS fraud

Two men accused of defrauding National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants have been banned from delivering NDIS services and are now facing even more serious court penalties, NDIS Minister, the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, said today.

New grant opportunities to boost community participation of people with disability

The Albanese Government is continuing to help boost the social, economic and community participation of people with disability with the announcement today of $140 million in new grant opportunities under the Independent Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program.

Re-appointment of Managing Director of Hearing Australia

The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Minister for Government Services, announced today that Mr Kim Terrell has been reappointed as the Managing Director of Hearing Australia.

New resources to strengthen inclusion in early childhood education and care

The Albanese Labor Government is focused on building the capability of families and carers of children with disability or developmental concerns in early childhood and education and care settings through new resources aimed at boosting inclusivity and building staff and educator capacity.

Closing the hearing health gap for First Nations children

The Albanese Government is improving the hearing health of First Nations children through the delivery of the Hearing Assessment Program – Early Ears (HAPEE), established in 2019 to reduce ear disease and prevent hearing loss in young First Nations chi

Statement on historic income apportionment

The Federal Government welcomes the release of the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s statement into the historic practice of income apportionment used by Services Australia.

Delivering a new accessible facility for people with disability in the ACT

The Albanese Labor Government is working with the ACT Government to deliver on its commitment for more specialised disability toilet facilities in the ACT.

Connecting NDIS participants and providers through new grants

The Albanese Government will invest $4.4 million in grants to support the development of resources to deliver better outcomes for participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

A decade of transformation for people with disability

On this day ten years ago, 1 July, four trial sites across Australia opened their doors and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started to deliver its work.

Independent NDIS Review releases What we have heard report for further public consultation

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Review has reached a milestone today, releasing a report on what they have heard so far.