Media Releases

Supporting Victorians through the Coronavirus pandemic

Enhanced support and expanded access to Australia’s social security system remains in place to support Victorians as the state continues to grapple with COVID-19.

Victoria and New South Wales NDIS participants now able to claim for personal protective equipment, including masks

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, announced temporary changes to funding arrangements to allow NDIS participants in Victoria and New South Wales to claim the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks.

Two million more face masks for Victorian aged care and disability workers

All aged care workers across Victoria will now be required to wear face masks.

Second $750 Economic Support Payment is on the way

Australians on lower incomes are set to receive further assistance from today as the Morrison Government delivers the second economic support payment. A $750 payment will be made to approximately five million Australians at a cost of $3.8 billion. It will go to social security, veteran and other income support recipients and eligible concession card holders.

Delivering the NDIS: $20 million expansion of the National Community Connector program

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert today announced the expansion of the National Community Connector program (NCCP), after committing to a $20 million expansion in November last year.

Changes to the NDIS Independent Advisory Council

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert, today announced the new and returning members of the Independent Advisory Council from 1 July 2020.

Delivering the NDIS: roll-out complete across Australia as Christmas and Cocos Islands join world-leading scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now available to all eligible Australians, no matter where they live. Today marks the completion of the staged national geographical roll-out of the NDIS with Christmas Island and Cocos Island joining the world-leading Scheme.

Delivering the NDIS: Digital Partnership Program begins developer onboarding phase

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert today announced the next phase of the Digital Partnership Program to improve the digital experience for NDIS participants and providers.

National Disability Research Partnership paves the way for further improvements to disability policy

The Morrison Government has today announced the launch of the National Disability Research Partnership, led by the Melbourne Disability Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Delivering the NDIS plan: more choice and flexibility for SDA

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced more flexibility and increased choice for participants to live with their families, friends and partners. Changes to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) rules mean couples will be able to share a bedroom where they choose to do so, and children will be able to share a room with their parent or siblings.

Update on NDIS coronavirus response

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert, today announced the first stages of a post-coronavirus NDIS, following a review of temporary measures to support participants and disability providers during the pandemic.

New banning powers strengthen protections for NDIS participants

The Morrison Government will expand the powers of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner to ban unsuitable providers and workers from working with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, regardless of whether they are active in the sector or not.

Delivering the NDIS: Annual price review leads to simpler, more flexible scheme

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, said the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is making improvements to NDIS pricing that better meets the needs of NDIS participants, their families, carers and providers across the NDIS market while maintaining the financial sustainability of the Scheme.

Independent review into matters related to the death of Ann Marie Smith

The death of NDIS participant, Ann Marie Smith, in South Australia is absolutely shocking and the circumstances that led to her death must never be allowed to happen again. As is appropriate, the circumstances of Ms Smith’s death are being investigated by the independent bodies established to do just that. These independent bodies include the South Australia Police, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) and the South Australian Coroner.

Morrison Government continues rollout of the NDIS in face of Coronavirus

The Morrison Government has continued to deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), despite the emergence of the coronavirus, with new data released today showing around 27,500 people with disability joining the NDIS in the first quarter of 2020.

Further initiatives to support NDIS participants and providers during the coronavirus pandemic

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced further initiatives to support NDIS participants and disability providers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

$400 million for frontline NDIS services in NSW

The Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced $400 million in grants to deliver frontline Local Area Coordination Services for the NDIS in New South Wales.

Boosting health and disability worker numbers during the coronavirus

The Government is making further changes to student visa work conditions to help boost frontline health efforts to tackle coronavirus.

Protecting the lives of Australians with disability during Coronavirus

The Australian Government has taken urgent action to protect the lives of Australians with disability as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic.

Supporting Australians most at risk in the wake of coronavirus

The Morrison Government has committed more than $154 million in additional support for Australians living with disability, experiencing domestic and family violence and families doing it tough amid the coronavirus outbreak.