Media Releases

National Disability Conference Initiative Grants open

The Australian Government is making it easier for people with a disability to participate in nationally focused, disability-related conferences held in Australia.

NDIS Innovation Grant Applications Open

Grant funding is now available to community providers for innovative projects to support the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Northern Territory.

Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program to support local job creation in the National Disability Insurance Scheme and aged care

The Turnbull Government’s $33 million Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program has taken a major step forward, with the appointment of a consortium led by Ernst & Young (EY), including not-for-profit organisations and an employment service, to implement the job-creating initiative.

Inaugural NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner

The Turnbull Government has appointed the inaugural Commissioner to lead the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission.

AccessAbility Day a resounding success

Last Friday marked the end of the AccessAbility Day pilot, which ran from 4–8 December.

$5.3 million invested in advocacy services for Australians with disability

The Turnbull Government will provide disability representative organisations with funding of more than $5 million to continue their important advocacy work on behalf of people living with disability. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, and Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice, today announced the organisations that would be made funding offers totalling $5.3 million, an increase of $875,000.

Western Australia to join the nationally-delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Australian and Western Australian Governments have reached agreement to bring Western Australia into the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The future of supported employment – Have your say

The Turnbull Government is asking people with disability, their families and carers, and anyone in the disability and employment sectors, to have their say on supported employment with the release of a discussion paper titled Ensuring a strong future for supported employment.

Employers and people with disability take part in AccessAbility Day

More than 190 businesses and organisations, many offering more than one placement, and over 360 people with disability are participating in the AccessAbility Day initiative, which is running in selected metro and regional locations across Australia during the week of 4 – 8 December.

Winners announced for the 2017 National Disability Awards

The Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, the Hon Jane Prentice MP, has tonight announced this year’s 2017 National Disability Awards winners at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability this Sunday

Events will be held across Australia this weekend to celebrate International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day held each year on 3 December.

Commemorative coin and envelope to celebrate International Day of People with Disability

Today Minister Michael McCormack, with Assistant Minister Jane Prentice, launched a commemorative coin and envelope to celebrate International Day of People with Disability

Improving Disability Employment Outcomes

Today, the Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, met with people with disability, employers and government representatives to discuss improving employment outcomes for people with disability.

Explore new possibilities in the workplace on AccessAbility Day

The Hon. Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, has announced registrations are now open for AccessAbility Day, a new Australian Government initiative to bring employers and people with disability together for a day.

NDIS launches in East Melbourne

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will become available to Victorians in Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne from 1 November 2017, improving the lives of people with disability and generating more than 1000 new jobs in the wider region.

NDIS rolls out early in Rockhampton

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will become available to Queenslanders in Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the South Australian and Northern Territory borders from 1 November 2017, improving the lives of Queenslanders with disability and generating more than 850 new jobs in the region.

NDIS provides $80 million for inclusion

More than $80 million worth of grants to help make communities more inclusive and supportive of people with disability in New South Wales (NSW), South Australia (SA) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are now available.

New plan for Indigenous people with disability

A $3 million plan has been unveiled to address the cultural barriers and disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Spotlight on 2.7 million carers

The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, today launched National Carers Week 2017 in Brisbane. Carers Week runs from 15-21 October and recognises the outstanding contribution of Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers.

New guide to navigate the NDIS

A new guide developed jointly by the Australian Government and Flinders University will support mental health providers in making it easier for people with a psychosocial disability to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).