Media Releases

Empowering Norfolk Island women

Women on Norfolk Island will receive free advice and training to help them plan for their financial future, along with training and mentoring to strengthen their roles as leaders in their community.

Additional funding for disability advocacy

The Turnbull Government is providing an additional $2.4 million a year for the National Disability Advocacy Program in New South Wales and Queensland.

Innovation to break the welfare cycle

The Burnie community will be invited to brainstorm ideas to help local, unemployed people find work at an Australian first ‘ideas exchange’.

Cashless Debit Card begins in the Goldfields

The Cashless Debit Card will improve the lives of people in the Goldfields community.

A fairer and simpler welfare system

Australia’s welfare system will be simpler and provide greater encouragement for people to move from welfare into work with the passage of the Welfare Reform Bill through the Senate today.

Evaluator for Try, Test and Learn Fund

The University of Queensland will evaluate the success of the Government’s innovative approaches to addressing long-term welfare dependency.

ACT opts in to Redress Scheme

The Federal Government welcomes today’s announcement the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has joined the national Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

A way forward for Children and Families in the Northern Territory

Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments are confident that agreements made today, addressing recommendations of the Royal Commission will establish a way forward to addressing generational change for families and children in the Northern Territory.

Dame Enid Lyons’ legacy honoured

The Department of Social Services’ (DSS) national office building in Canberra was today named after Dame Enid Lyons, former Liberal politician, the first woman elected to the House of Representatives, and the first to sit in a Federal Cabinet.

Investing in Australian communities

The Turnbull Government is funding innovative community projects that target disadvantage and encourage a sense of community.

Supporting victims of forced marriage

A special home for the victims of forced marriage will offer a safe place for them to rebuild their lives.

NDIA HQ a boon for regional Victoria

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the $120 million National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) headquarters under construction in Geelong would create hundreds of local jobs and benefit regional Victoria.

Supporting Australia’s carers

Australia’s unpaid carers will benefit from new services to help them manage their daily challenges, reduce stress and plan for the future.

4.7 million Australians to benefit from indexation

Around 4.7 million pension and allowance recipients will receive an increase to their welfare payments from 20 March.

$117 million to improve youth homelessness services

The Turnbull Government is working to prevent youth homelessness by linking at-risk Australians with essential services.

New report card on Australian children and youth

A new report on the emotional, social and physical wellbeing of Australia’s young people shows we are leading the world in some areas, including low rates of youth smoking and life expectancy at birth.

Supporting people with disability seeking work

Australians with a disability will be better supported in their search for a job. The Turnbull Government today announced a new round of offers to organisations seeking to be providers of Disability Employment Services (DES) from 1 July 2018.

Legal support services to help survivors of institutional child sexual abuse access redress

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will have access to legal support services to help them access redress under the Commonwealth Redress Scheme.

Greater access to support for victims of Modern Slavery

The Turnbull Government will enable victims of forced marriage to access up to 200 days of support through the Support for Trafficked People Program without being required to contribute to a criminal investigation or prosecution.

Cashless Debit Card trial continues

The Cashless Debit Card will improve the lives of people in three communities after legislation passed today that guarantees the card’s trial continues.