Media Releases

Delivering essential services and support through unprecedented times

The Morrison Government remains committed to achieving the best outcomes for all Australians and businesses by delivering essential services and support to those in need as part of our Economic Recovery Plan for Australia.

Update on the NDIS and coronavirus temporary measures

Temporary measures introduced earlier this year to ensure National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants continue to access their essential disability supports during the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended.

New funding and support strategy for younger people living in aged care

The Morrison Government today announced new funding and a strategy for reducing the number of younger people living in residential aged care.

Queensland transition to the NDIS completed

Queensland’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be officially completed on 1 October 2020, when NDIS Full Scheme arrangements take effect.

Independent review into the circumstances relating to the death of Ms Ann-Marie Smith

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner, Mr Graeme Head AO, has today released the report from the independent review commissioned by the Commissioner in response to the tragic death of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant, Ms Ann-Marie Smith, in South Australia. The ‘Robertson Review’ was conducted by former Federal Court Judge, the Hon Alan Robertson SC.

Delivering the NDIS: $64.9 million boost to build capacity of people with disability

The Australian Government is investing $64.9 million in grants to 138 organisations in the disability sector to build the capacity of Australians with disability to participate in and contribute to the community.

Landmark reforms to deliver on the promise of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert today announced the most substantial package of reforms to the NDIS since its establishment.

NDIS update for Queensland

The Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, has today announced temporary changes in response to the Queensland Government’s new Disability Accommodation Services Direction.

NDIS update: Vic and NSW Providers to directly claim costs of PPE

The Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, has announced temporary changes to allow NDIS providers in Victoria and NSW to directly claim the costs of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the NDIA.

Changes to National Disability Insurance Agency Board

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced that Mr John Walsh AM has decided to resign from the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), effective 31 August 2020.

NDIS update for Victoria

Additional temporary measures have been announced for NDIS participants and providers in Victoria to ensure continuity of services in a COVIDSafe setting.

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.