Media Releases

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.

NDIS continues to roll out across Adelaide

South Australians aged 18 to 64 years living in the Adelaide Hills, Western Adelaide and Eastern Adelaide regions will join more than 140,000 Australians already participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 April 2018.

Bayside Peninsula residents to join NDIS

Victorians living in the Bayside Peninsula region will join more than 140,000 Australians already participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 April 2018.

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.

Hume Moreland residents to join NDIS

Victorians living in the Hume Moreland region will join more than 140,000 Australians already participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 March 2018.

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.

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.