Media Releases

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.

$34 million in support delivered to flood-affected communities in NSW

Australian Government support is flowing through to people impacted by the recent flood event in New South Wales, with Services Australia delivering $34 million in emergency assistance since yesterday.

Disaster payments available for NSW flood-impacted residents

Australian Government disaster payments will roll out from tomorrow to eligible residents in 23 local government areas (LGAs) affected by the severe storms and flooding that continue to impact large areas of Metropolitan Sydney and east coast of New South Wales.

Disability support boosted by nearly $5M investment

New and improved supports and resources for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers and participants will be developed thanks to an investment of $4.998 million in grants.

Commonwealth financial help available for more flood impacted communities in New South Wales

More people in New South Wales impacted by this year’s flooding disaster will have access to financial help from today.

Calling on recruits for new Winter Relief Workforce to help protect NDIS participants

The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, Minister for the NDIS and Government Services, is calling on qualified disability support workers to join a register to cover potential workforce shortages and critical shifts over the winter months

NDIS pricing boosted to support participants

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants will have better access to safe supports following the completion of the Annual Pricing Review.

A transition plan for Activ support workers with disability

Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth today announced the Australian Government will provide grant funding of up to $7.8 million to Western Australia disability employment provider, Activ Foundation, to keep its large-scale industrial work sites open for another 18 months to better support the transition of employees into new placements.

Getting NDIS participants home from hospital

National Disability Insurance Scheme participants who are stuck in hospital due to NDIS delays will be prioritised under a new plan agreed to by the Government and the States and Territories.

Welfare payment accuracy slips under Coalition

The Albanese Labor Government today revealed that welfare payment accuracy has dropped due to the Coalition’s mismanagement of the welfare system, with JobSeeker accuracy dropping from 93 to 83 per cent in two years.

Rosemary Kayess re-elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Respected lawyer and academic Ms. Rosemary Kayess has been re-elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

NDIA CEO Martin Hoffman to resign

I have been informed that the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Chief Executive Officer, Martin Hoffman, have agreed Mr Hoffman will step down effective July 2, 2022.

Man arrested on suspicion of $300,000 NDIS fraud

The arrest and charging of a man at Brisbane International Airport on suspicion of defrauding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is proof of the Albanese Government’s commitment to protecting both the funding of Australians living with disability and taxpayer dollars, Minister for the NDIS Bill Shorten said.