Media Releases

December 2016

Strong Board to Guide the NDIS

The Board overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be expanded from 1 January 2017 to ensure it has the disability service, financial management, corporate governance and insurance-based expertise needed to guide the $22 billion scheme through its critical three year expansion to 2019-20.

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).