Media Releases

First meeting of Tripartite Forum to ensure greater child protection reforms

Federal Minister David Gillespie and Territory Minister Dale Wakefield today welcomed the congregation of the first Tripartite Forum to discuss both Governments’ response to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Federal Coalition seeks input on services for families

The Federal Coalition Government has opened up a process of consultation to ensure that our services continue to best meet the needs of families and children.

Donna Ah Chee appointed Chair of Tripartite Forum

A further step towards implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory has been taken with the appointment of Alice Springs based Ms Donna Ah Chee as the Chairperson of the newly established Child and Family Tripartite Forum.

Armidale embraces refugee resettlement

Armidale continues to shine as a model of the Federal Coalition Government’s efforts to encourage the settlement of humanitarian migrants into regional communities.

Supporting culturally and linguistically diverse victims of domestic violence

The Federal Coalition Government is taking more action to help tackle domestic violence against women and children with a further investment in programs designed to reach more parts of the Australian community.

More support for new dads

The Federal Coalition Government recognises the importance of fathers and the positive and significant influence they can have on their children’s lives. That’s why $1.3 million has been made available over the next two years to support new and expecting fathers to build their skills and confidence as they transition to parenthood.

Sport a game-changer for young refugees

The Federal Coalition Government recognises the important role that sport plays in the settlement of young humanitarian migrants.

Refugee Week 2018

Refugee Week is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate people who come to Australia through Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program and enrich our society through business and employment.

Relaunch of Family Relationships Online

The launch of the redeveloped Family Relationships Online website today further supports the Federal Coalition Government’s commitment to Australian families.

Australian Government Response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Turnbull Government will establish a National Office for Child Safety and issue a formal apology in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Ministers agree to drive reforms to protect Australian children

Community Services Ministers from the Commonwealth and the states and territories met in Canberra today to discuss the protection and wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué

Community Services Ministers met in Canberra today and agreed priorities to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

Disadvantaged ACT families to receive support

The Federal Coalition Government today announced it will commit up to $600,000 to improve the lifetime outcomes of families and children in the ACT in the areas that need it most.

New online course for interpreters a welcome boost for migrant integration

As part of the Federal Coalition Government’s commitment to more effectively integrate newly arrived migrants and refugees into Australian society, a new online training course has been launched to improve access to qualified interpreters in regional, rural and remote communities.

SORTLI app helps young people gain independence

A new mobile app to help young people transition from out-of-home care into more independent living has now launched as part of the Towards Independent Adulthood trial.

Commemorating the 5th anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions

New action plan to help Aussies feeling the pinch

Australia’s leading companies and not-for-profit organisations have joined forces to improve the support on offer to people experiencing financial hardship

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.

New Action Plan to support children with heart disease

The Federal Coalition Government has today pledged its support for the development of a National Childhood Heart Disease Action Plan, to help save the lives and improve the quality of care for Australian children living with congenital/childhood heart disease.