Media Releases

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.

Major milestone as NDIS marks 200,000 Australians receiving support

NDIS has welcomed it’s 200,000th Australian receiving support through the scheme.

New Darwin NDIS office to support Territorians with a disability

Territorians with a disability, their carers and providers now have a single, central and accessible National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) office in Darwin.

Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania move ahead with redress

The National Redress Scheme continues to make progress with the state parliaments of Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania passing legislation in recent days.

Over 2,300 regional and remote students to benefit from Youth Allowance change

Over 2,300 students from regional and remote Australia are set to benefit from changes to Youth Allowance from 1 January 2019.

Cashless Debit Card to help Bundaberg and Hervey Bay

The Cashless Debit Card will address difficult social issues affecting young people and children in the Hinkler electorate after legislation passed today that guarantees the introduction of the trial to the region.

Improved services for Australian carers

The Australian Government will fund three community organisations to design and deliver new online services to ensure carers get the help they need before reaching crisis point.

Payment increase for 4.8 million Australians

Around 4.8 million pensioners and allowance recipients will receive an increase to their payments from 20 September.

Giving people with disability a voice

People with disability will now have a greater opportunity to be part of the debate, conversation and policy-making for a more inclusive Australia.