Media Releases

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.

Government unveils NDIS Participant Employment Taskforce

Tearing down barriers to employment for Australians with a disability is the mission of a new joint taskforce, announced by the Morrison Government today.

NDIS participant satisfaction hits 93 per cent

The latest quarterly data for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) released today shows that 93 per cent of participants now rate their experience as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Good’ – its highest level since the trial phase.

$5.6 million for emergency relief providers

The Liberal National Government will provide an additional $5.6 million to help community organisations deliver emergency relief support in 2019.

Ninth anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants

Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, and Assistant Minister for Children & Families, Michelle Landry, today acknowledged the ninth anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

Queensland and Northern Territory join National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme continues to grow with the Queensland and Northern Territory governments completing the final steps required to participate in the Scheme.

South Australia first to deliver NDIS through public sector employee-led mutual

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, and South Australia Minister for Human Services, Michelle Lensink, today announced South Australia Government’s Child and Youth Services (CYS) has become the first public sector staff in Australia to form their own employee-led mutual to deliver National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for ECEI services throughout the state.