Media Releases

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.

NDIS supports participants with dysphagia

The Australian Government and state and territory governments have agreed interim solutions to ensure people with dysphagia do not fall through cracks between mainstream health systems and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Liberal-National Government boosts integrity for Australian pensioners living overseas

Australian pension recipients aged over 80 who are living overseas will be asked to provide a ‘proof of life’ certificate every two years to continue to receive their age pension, Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said today.

First Catholic institutions join National Redress Scheme

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, has announced that the first groups of Catholic institutions have entered the National Redress Scheme.

Ministers unanimous in calls for institutions

All states and territories have joined Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, to urge non-government institutions to fast-track entry into the National Redress Scheme.

New and improved NDIS website

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released a test version of a new NDIS website to help people access information about the world leading Scheme.

Early results from anti-violence campaign encouraging with 72 per cent more mindful of respect

The second phase of the ground breaking $30 million Stop it at the Start campaign has reignited community discussions about how we can all play a role in breaking the cycle of violence against women and their children.

Transition to full NDIS in Tasmania

The Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have reached a landmark agreement that locks in enduring arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Tasmania.

NDIS delivers increased pricing to support people with complex needs

People with disability with complex support needs are set to benefit from improved support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).