Media Releases by The Hon Christian Porter

Government Strengthens No Jab, No Pay requirements

The Turnbull Government is taking action to encourage even more parents to meet immunisation requirements for their children. Under legislation being introduced today, parents’ fortnightly Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 per fortnight for… Continue reading

Generosity of Australians growing

The generosity of Australians is growing according to two new reports released today at a summit in Canberra to promote philanthropy. The reports released by Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, in his keynote address at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament… Continue reading

Finn Pratt AO PSM

I sincerely thank Mr Finn Pratt AO PSM for his dedicated service as Secretary of the Department of Social Services (DSS) and congratulate him on his new appointment as the Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy. Mr… Continue reading

Labor wrong on volunteers

The Turnbull Government’s welfare reforms will help people over 55 into work. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, rejected claims by Labor’s Brendan O’Connor and Ed Husic that the reforms would see volunteer groups lose volunteers. “Currently, unemployed people aged… Continue reading


The Turnbull government has always been committed to improving the 1800RESPECT service. We initially inherited a service where call wait times were more than 10 minutes and 67 per cent of calls went unanswered. In 2015 we took action to… Continue reading

Armidale to settle 200 refugees

The Turnbull/Joyce Government announced the New South Wales city of Armidale as a new community-driven regional settlement location for the settlement of refugees. Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, was joined by Minister for Social Services,… Continue reading

Government welcomes new approach to 1800RESPECT

The Turnbull Government today welcomed Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) new approach to providing trauma specialist counselling through the 1800RESPECT service for victims of domestic or family violence and sexual abuse. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, welcomed MHS’s further improved… Continue reading

$65 million to champion community cohesion

Community organisations will benefit from more than $65 million in funding to help build inclusive and resilient communities. The Minister for Social Services Christian Porter opened the Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) grants round today to help local organisations overcome… Continue reading

New legislation to ensure quality of NDIS services

The Turnbull Government will today introduced legislation to establish the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the proposed changes to the NDIS Act 2013 would create the Commission and… Continue reading