Media Releases

Partnership to Promote a Generous Australia

The Commonwealth Government will re-establish the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership to bring together government, community and business leaders to develop practical strategies to foster a culture of philanthropic giving and volunteering in Australia.

Applications open for Families Expert Panel

Applications are now open for suitably qualified people or organisations to provide services as part of the Government’s Families and Children Expert Panel. 

Trial aims for less red tape in aged care sector

The Australian Government has launched a trial in South Australia which aims to cut unnecessary red tape in the aged care sector. Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews said the initiative is part of the Government’s commitment to reduce the cost of regulation by at least $1 billion.

Income management making a positive impact

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has welcomed the findings of reports from two evaluations on income management indicating the initiative is having a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable Australians.

New Zealand Waiting Period for Benefits

In New Zealand, a person who applies for unemployment benefits has a 20 working-day period in which to complete required activities like prepare a resume and attend a job seminar.

Journeys Home Findings Support Need for Early Intervention

Speaking at the annual National Homelessness Conference on the Gold Coast, Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews said the report, Journeys Home Research Report Number 5, provides further evidence of the need for early intervention support for families.