Media Releases

Cashless Debit Card begins in the Hinkler region

The Cashless Debit Card starts operating in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region today – meaning around 6,000 people have a better chance to escape from the cycle of welfare dependency.

Innovative online program to provide much needed support to youth nationally

Liberal-National Government today announced $2.4 million in funding for thousands of young Australians with mental illness for the Digital Work and Study Service. The funding builds on the earlier announcement from this week for a $17m extension and expansion of the Individual Placement and Support Trial.

Ten more institutions join National Redress Scheme

Ten more institutions, including six Anglican institutions, have officially joined the National Redress Scheme. Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, welcomed the latest entries but also emphasised the need for more institutions to step up their efforts to join.

Funding of $300,000 to support people with disability attend international human rights forums

Funding to assist people with disability and their representatives has been announced. $100,000 will be provided over three years to 2020-2021. The funding enables people with disability to contribute to important discussions about disability on an international stage.

Enhanced NDIS website launched

Launch of new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) website following consultation and feedback from participants, families, carers, providers and sector representatives.

Shorten plans to scrap Cashless Debit Card would condemn vulnerable Australians to welfare dependence

Bill Shorten’s announcement today that he would scrap the Cashless Debit Card risks sentencing thousands of vulnerable Australians to a life of welfare dependence.

Liberal-National Government’s $17m boost to help young Australians with mental illness find work

The Liberal-National Government will help more young Australians with mental illness to enter the workforce, allocating $17 million of increased funding for an innovative trial that co-locates job placement and other support services with youth mental health services.

A quarter of a million Australians now benefitting from NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone with more than 250,000 Australians now receiving support under the world-leading Scheme. This includes approximately 78,000 people receiving life-changing support for the first time under the NDIS.

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.