Media Releases

Foodbank concerns to be reviewed

I have spoken today with Foodbank CEO Brianna Casey regarding her concerns following the recent announcement of the three organisations that will share in $4.5 million of food relief funding over the next four-and-a-half years, starting January 1, 2019.

Government beefs up protection for rental housing investors, urges Labor to back changes

The Morrison Government has made regulatory changes to the $3.1 billion National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) to provide investors with much-needed protection and security.

Food relief funding remains intact

The Liberal-National Government’s overall funding for food relief programs has not been cut.

Morrison Government announces ongoing support for migrants in their communities

Federal Minister for Social Services, Paul Fletcher, and Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, have announced $4.13 million in continued funding for three organisations specialising in migrant settlement services.

Liberal-National Government invests over $200 million to support Australians experiencing hardship

Australians in financial crisis will receive vital emergency support with $204.5 million of new funding from the Liberal-National Government.

Liberal-National Government provides $7 million grants fund for social impact investing sector

Australia’s emerging social impact investing market is set to receive a funding boost with the Liberal-National Government appointing the administrator of a new $7 million grants fund.

Tasmania joins the National Redress Scheme

The Tasmanian government has completed the final steps to participate in the National Redress Scheme today.

Minister calls on Institutions to finalise entry into Redress Scheme

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, has called on institutions to finalise joining the National Redress Scheme for survivors of Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as soon as possible.

Coalition rolls out $73m financial literacy program to help get household budgets on track

The Coalition Government is backing Australians who struggle with their finances by offering $73.5 million in help to get their household budgets into shape.

$2 billion funding for Victorian housing and homelessness services

The Coalition Government and Victorian Governments have this week finalised their agreement on the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA).

NDIS Taskforce Makes First Arrest

The Coalition Government established the National NDIS Fraud Taskforce in July to tackle potential fraud against the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Today we can announce that the taskforce has made a significant arrest.

Ministers welcome national guideline for autism assessment and diagnosis

The Coalition Government has announced a new national standard for diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), improving diagnostic consistency across Australia.

National Carers Week – celebrating those who help others

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services the Hon Paul Fletcher MP and Assistant Minister for Social Services the Hon Sarah Henderson MP are encouraging Australians to acknowledge the enormous contribution of Australia’s carers this week.

Government to vary National Redress Scheme application form to respond to survivor concerns

The Morrison Government will fine-tune the application form for redress for institutional child sexual abuse to respond to concerns expressed by some survivors.

Cashless Debit Card begins in Bundaberg region from January

The Cashless Debit Card will begin rolling out in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region from 29 January next year, helping about 6,000 people break the cycle of welfare dependency.

Government announces improved NDIS mental health support

A new ‘psychosocial disability stream’ for NDIS.

$163m funding to support newly arrived migrants and refugees

A total of $163.4 million in Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) grants have been announced today – funding which will assist newly arrived migrants and refugees to form a stronger connection with their new communities in their first five years in Australia.

Boost to local disability and aged care workforce

The Government’s $33 million Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program took a major step forward today with the appointment of its first group of regional and specialist coordinators.

Continuing efforts to Stop it at the Start

The next phase of the groundbreaking Stop it at the Start campaign to reduce violence against women and their children begins on Sunday.

$50 million to boost services for financially disadvantaged

Australians experiencing financial hardship will benefit from $50 million in funding in the first of three Financial Wellbeing and Capability Activity grants announcements.