Media Releases

$952 Million Funding For West Australian Housing and Homelessness Services

West Australian housing and homelessness services will be strengthened through a new deal that will deliver approximately $830 million in Commonwealth funding over five years.

$88 million for frontline NDIS services in Western Australia

Western Australians with disability will benefit from an investment of more than $88 million to deliver frontline services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

First Anglican organisations join National Redress Scheme

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher, has welcomed the first group of Anglican institutions into the National Redress Scheme.

Waiting periods changed for newly-arrived residents

Changes to the Australian welfare payment system that passed Parliament last night will make it more sustainable and fairer.

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability

Minister Fletcher acknowledges International Day of People with Disability and urge Australians to celebrate the many achievements and contribution of people with disability.

Palaszczuk government must reverse decision to axe Cape York Income Management

A review of Cape York income management released today shows the error of the Queensland Government’s decision to cut off funding, Federal Family and Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher said.

Payment increase for 1 million Australians

About one-million youth, student and carer payment recipients will receive an increase to their payments from 1 January 2019.

Helping migrants and refugees into work

Changes to the Australian welfare payment system expected to pass Parliament will further deliver on the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to build a welfare system that is fair, targeted and sustainable.

New data on attitudes towards violence against women

Most people agree violence against women is wrong and are more likely to support gender equality than ever before, according to new research released today by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.

First National Framework to help reduce harm from online wagering

All Australian governments are now formally committed to the country’s first National Consumer Protection Framework to ensure greater protection for people participating in online wagering.

Natasha Stott Despoja reappointed to Our Watch board

Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, has announced that Natasha Stott Despoja AM has been reappointed as Board Chair of Our Watch for a further three years.

Reforms of waiting periods for newly-arrived residents to pass Parliament

Changes to the Australian welfare payment system expected to pass Parliament will further deliver on the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to build a welfare system that is fair, targeted and sustainable.

Continuing critical work of 1800RESPECT

The flagship national domestic and family violence and sexual assault counselling, information and support service, 1800RESPECT, will receive $10.9 million in additional Australian Government funding to meet ongoing demand.

19.9m investment in building community organisations and opportunities for Australians with disability

Opening of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) new grant round.

Better deal for retirees as legislation introduced to Parliament

The Liberal-National Government will introduce legislation into the Parliament this week to give more than 90,000 older Australians a better deal in retirement.

National Redress Scheme begins for non-government institutions in South Australia

The Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, encouraged South Australian non-government institutions to join the National Redress Scheme, after the state enacted adoption legislation today.

Government rolls out $35m to tackle disadvantage with Logan leading the way

The Liberal-National Government has committed more than $35 million to support 10 communities across Australia to help break entrenched disadvantage.

Government offers $10m in grants to boost NDIS jobs and market

Organisations with innovative ideas to improve the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) workforce are being invited to apply for a share of $10 million in funding to expand the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) workforce and services.

100,000 people in NSW now accessing life-changing NDIS supports

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, and New South Wales Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, today announced the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone with 100,000 people in NSW now receiving support through the scheme.

Greater financial support for women experiencing family and domestic violence

The Coalition Government is supporting women at risk of domestic violence by boosting their access to finance when they most need it.