Media Releases

$7.8 million for learning centres for children with autism

The Turnbull Government has committed $7.8 million to ensure six Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centres remain open until 30 June 2020.

Autism Advisory Group sets priorities

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said the Australian Government established the AAG because of its commitment to a collaborative, fact-based approach to autism and the rollout of the NDIS.

A Decade of Collaboration to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery

Today’s Australian Government National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery marked the 10th anniversary of this important forum.

More inclusive remote communities

The Turnbull Government will provide more than $9.3 million in grant funding to help make remote communities more inclusive and supportive of people with disability.

$20 million Volunteer Grants round open

Community organisations across Australia are encouraged to apply for a share of $20 million in grants to support the work of their volunteers.

NDIS Fraud Taskforce established to tackle crime

The Government will establish a dedicated taskforce to tackle fraud committed against the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Australia recognised as leader in digital government

The Turnbull Government has again been recognised as a global leader in digital transformation, with Australia retaining its ranking as number two in the world for the delivery of online services.

Improved services and job creation in NDIS

More than 2,300 jobs have been created to deliver the NDIS in local communities across Australia.

Innovation and partnership celebrated

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan has called on Australian businesses to nominate their innovative workplace-giving program for a national award.

Improvements to Cashless Debit Card trial

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today welcomed the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report on the implementation and performance of the Cashless Debit Card trial, noting it had confirmed the trials are on track.

$328 million to help financially vulnerable Australians

Australians experiencing financial hardship will have support to meet their basic needs in times of crisis thanks to Turnbull Government funding.

Supporting at-risk Caboolture students

Young Caboolture students at-risk of dropping out of study will be offered individual support to help them complete their education and training, as part of an innovative trial to tackle welfare dependency.

Jenny Macklin

Social Services Minister Dan Tehan today paid tribute to the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, the Member for Jagajaga and Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, who has announced she will retire at the next election.

Referral service for people with disability in NSW

People with disability in New South Wales will be able to make better and more informed decisions with information provided with the help of a $3.1 million grant.

A new era of welfare

The welfare system will help more Australians into work with reforms that have come into effect. The new measures make the welfare system fairer, more equitable and easier to understand.

More institutions commit to National Redress Scheme

The Australian Government welcomes the announcement that Barnardos Australia and Sydney-based charity Jewish House NSW will join the National Redress Scheme.

Cashless Debit Card achieving positive change in Ceduna

The Cashless Debit card is improving the lives of people in Ceduna by reducing drug and alcohol consumption and gambling.

Tougher No Jab, No Pay rules start 1 July

Parents who don’t vaccinate their children against disease will lose part of their fortnightly family support payment starting 1 July. Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 a fortnight for each child who does not meet immunisation requirements, under tougher No Jab, No Pay rules.

Fifth anniversary of the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) celebrates its fifth birthday today as it continues to improve the lives of more than 160,000 Australians who are accessing the Scheme.

Combatting intergenerational welfare

The Turnbull Government is tackling intergenerational welfare dependency in at-risk groups and helping more people off welfare and into work.