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New independent report says Cashless Debit Card has had positive impact on drink, drugs and crime

The Goldfields Baseline Data Report, produced by an independent research team from University of Adelaide, adds to a growing body of evidence showing the Cashless Debit Card is effective in reducing social harm.

NDIS Commission roll-out is on target

The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) is continuing on time and according to plan, Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said today.

National principles to keep our children safe

Keeping children safe from harm and wrongdoing while they are in the care of organisations is the focus of a new set of national principles unanimously endorsed by the Australian Government and its state and territory counterparts.

Emergency relief funding doubled to $950,000 for eight Townsville organisations

The Liberal National Government will double the emergency relief funding for eight Townsville organisations from the Department of Social Services to help people recover from the devastation of the recent floods.

Department of Social Services to offer jobs to people with autism in Canberra

The Department of Social Services has joined the DXC Technology Dandelion Program to design specific roles within the Department that build on the skills of people with autism.

Keeping Australians Safe - New investments to protect women and children

The Morrison Government is working to keep Australians safe, funding a new round of trials to prevent violence against women and better protect family and domestic violence victims, including a trial of new technology to detect unauthorised surveillance software installed on victims’ devices or in their homes.

$19.9m in grants will help open path to jobs

The Liberal National Government has opened applications for grants totalling $19.9 million for organisations that help smooth the way for Australians with disability into work.

NDIS data shows one-in-three participants are accessing disability supports for the first time

The latest quarterly data for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) released today shows that close to one in three people entering the scheme are receiving disability supports for the first time.

Better deal for 90,000 Australians as Liberal National retirement income reforms pass Parliament

New laws to give more than 90,000 older Australians a better deal in retirement have passed the Parliament, Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said today. The Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Supporting Retirement Incomes) Bill 2018 will give older Australians more financial options in retirement.

National screening system to protect NDIS participants

The Liberal National Government today moved to establish a nationally consistent approach to screening people who work with people with disability in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, said the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Worker Screening Database) Bill 2018, introduced into the Federal Parliament today, would establish a national database to support a nationally consistent approach to screening people who work with NDIS participants.

Funding to support women and children escaping domestic violence

Hundreds more women and children escaping domestic and family violence will have a safe place to sleep with a $78 million investment by the Morrison Government.

Governments take action to increase Specialist Disability Accommodation

The Federal Liberal National Government has announced immediate reforms to boost Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) for eligible National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants.

Morrison Government finding jobs for Ulladulla’s youth

The Morrison Government is helping young people in Ulladulla find a job, enter education or undertake training through a new trial under the Try Test and Learn Fund.

Taking action on the Banking, Superannuation & Financial Services Royal Commission: Going further with a financial counselling review

The Coalition Government has agreed to take action on all 76 recommendations contained in the Royal Commission’s Final Report and, in a number of important areas, is going further, including conducting an immediate review of financial counselling services.

Let’s talk about work – NDIS webinar for participants wanting employment supports in plan

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, families and carers are being urged to join a free webinar to learn more about being supported to achieve employment goals. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be hosting the hour-long webinar: ‘Let’s Talk About Work’, on Thursday 21 February 2019.

Government welcomes Productivity Commission review of the National Disability Agreement

Liberal-National Government has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s Final Report of its review of the National Disability Agreement. The Government will consider the findings and recommendations of the Report and develop a new strategy for the next decade and beyond

Four more join National Redress Scheme

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher has welcomed the entry of four more institutions into the National Redress Scheme.

SA becomes final state to join National Redress Scheme

The South Australian Government has completed the final steps to join the National Redress Scheme – meaning that survivors of sexual abuse in institutions operated by the South Australian government are now able to have their applications for redress processed.

More roadblocks removed for NDIS participants to move into work

New and practical changes to help National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants with career aspirations to find work are kicking in next month, the Federal Government has announced.

New plan for protecting Australia’s children

The Fourth Action Plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children (2009-2020) has been launched by the Government today following endorsement by state and territory Community Services Ministers across Australia.