Media Releases

Open for ideas: Try, Test and Learn Fund

Innovative ideas that help move people from welfare to work will be funded by the Turnbull Government, with the opening of the $96 million Try, Test and Learn Fund on Friday.

Indexation increases for recipients of youth and student payments

About one million welfare recipients will benefit from an increase to their payments from 1 January 2017. Minister for Social services, Christian Porter, said the increase reflected the one per cent rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 12 months to June 2016. "People receiving Austudy, Youth Allowance, Carer Allowance and younger people on the Disability Support Pension will receive the increase in their payments from January," the Minister said.

Governments agree the way forward for NDIS in WA

The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments today agreed to commence the final negotiations, on a no prejudice basis, on a nationally consistent but state-run National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

White Ribbon Day a reminder for all Australians

Today marks White Ribbon Day, also known as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - an opportunity to reflect on how all Australians can work together to prevent and respond to violence against women.

Community Services Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué

The Community Services Minister’s Meeting was held on 11 November 2016, to discuss national collaboration on improving safety and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people, and Third Action Plan for the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children.

$10 million in grants to support volunteers

Minister Porter announces opening of Volunteer Grants 2016. $10 million in grants is now available to community organisations to support the efforts of their volunteers.