Media Releases

Liberal-Nationals launch program to boost Indigenous youth employment through culture

The Federal Liberal-National Government has unveiled a $1.83 million project in Western Sydney to reconnect at-risk young Indigenous people with their culture to boost their chances of employment.

Improving engagement between fathers and their children

The Liberal-National Government is investing $5.4 million in a program to improve engagement between fathers and their children.

Grants now open to make conferences more accessible

The Liberal-National Government has announced the opening of the National Disability Conference Initiative grants, with organisations set to share in $315,000 of funding.

Welfare dependence drops to lowest level in 30 years

New Department of Social Services analysis of recently released Australian Bureau of Statistics population data shows that 14.3 per cent of the working-age population was receiving working-age income support payments in June 2018.

$25 million for NDIA Early Childhood Services in Western Australia

Investment of more than $25 million to deliver front line Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.

Western Australia commences in National Redress Scheme

The Western Australia government has entered the National Redress Scheme.

Nine more institutions join National Redress Scheme

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher has welcomed the news that another group of Catholic institutions has completed the steps to participate in the National Redress Scheme.

Changes to welfare measures for the New Year

A number of changes introduced by the Liberal-National Government taking effect from tomorrow will make the welfare system more effective, sustainable and stronger.

NDIS now available across all of Queensland

All eligible Queenslanders now have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with the Scheme rolling out in the last remaining regions in Queensland; Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast on 1 January 2019.

NDIS now available across all of Victoria

All eligible Victorians now have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with the Scheme rolling out on 1 January 2019 in the last remaining regions in Victoria; Goulburn, Mallee and Outer Gippsland.

NDIS now available across all of Tasmania

All eligible Tasmanians now have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with the Scheme becoming available on 1 January 2019 to the last remaining age group in Tasmania – those aged between 50 and 64 years old.

Scholarships for ABSTUDY students become easier from January 1

Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, has announced the implementation of new rules that make it easier to offer scholarships approved for ABSTUDY secondary students.

More than $19 million to support the work of the NDIS Participant Employment Taskforce

The Liberal-National Government is backing the work of its newly established National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Participant Employment Taskforce with $19.9 million of grants for projects to boost employment for Australians with a disability.

More time for WA NDIS participants to transfer to national NDIS

The Commonwealth and Western Australian (WA) Governments have agreed to provide additional time for people to transfer from the WA Government’s State-based National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to the nationally delivered NDIS.

Ethan exits National Rental Affordability Scheme in a win for mum and dad investors

Ethan Affordable Housing Limited has left the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) sector.

NDIS receives $398m to build a more inclusive Australia

Australians with disability are set to benefit from a new approach to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Building program.

Joint review of community housing regulation begins to drive investment and improve outcomes

The Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments have jointly announced a comprehensive review of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.

Labor housing announcement: no new ideas and not much money

Bill Shorten’s housing announcement offers no new ideas – it simply recycles Kevin Rudd’s flawed National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS.)

Annual Progress Report on Implementation of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Recommendations

Our Government has today tabled the first Annual Progress Report. The Report highlights the progress being made across the Australian Government to implement the recommendations made in the Royal Commission’s Final Report presented to the Governor-General in December 2017.

Cashless Debit Card programs extended by 12 months

The Liberal-National Government has announced a 12-month extension of the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) and the Income Management program across existing sites, as part of an ongoing commitment to welfare quarantining.