Media Releases by The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Improved experience for NDIS participants and providers

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will deliver a better experience to participants thanks to improvements that will commence to be rolled out from October. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) workforce improvements include: An additional 750 staff will be… Continue reading

National Redress Scheme July Update

The National Redress Scheme received more than 500 applications in July, its first month of operation. Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said the National Redress Scheme would provide people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse with access to counselling,… Continue reading

Autism Advisory Group sets priorities

The new Autism Advisory Group (AAG) will provide a strong voice on behalf of people with autism who are participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said the Australian Government established the AAG… Continue reading

Action urged to prevent payments being cut

Parents are running out of time to vaccinate their children if they want to avoid having their family support payments cut under the Turnbull Government’s tough No Jab, No Pay rules. The Department of Human Services has written to about… Continue reading

A Decade of Collaboration to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery

Today’s Australian Government National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery marked the 10th anniversary of this important forum.  The Roundtable brings together representatives from 12 government agencies and experts from 14 civil society organisations and industry bodies. Collaboration through this… Continue reading

$20 million Volunteer Grants round open

Community organisations across Australia are encouraged to apply for a share of $20 million in grants to support the work of their volunteers. Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today announced the opening of the Volunteer Grants round. “The Turnbull Government… Continue reading

NDIS Fraud Taskforce established to tackle crime

The Government will establish a dedicated taskforce to tackle fraud committed against the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS Fraud Taskforce will be a joint operation involving the Department of Human Services, the National Disability Insurance Agency and the… Continue reading

Australia recognised as leader in digital government

The Turnbull Government has again been recognised as a global leader in digital transformation, with Australia retaining its ranking as number two in the world for the delivery of online services. The United Nations 2018 E-Government Survey praised Australia’s ongoing… Continue reading

Improvements to Cashless Debit Card trial

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today welcomed the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report on the implementation and performance of the Cashless Debit Card trial, noting it had confirmed the trials are on track. The ANAO report found the… Continue reading

Innovation and partnership celebrated

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan has called on Australian businesses to nominate their innovative workplace-giving program for a national award. Mr Tehan said the Department of Social Services was sponsoring the ‘Most Innovative Employer/Charity Partnership Award’ at the 2018… Continue reading

Supporting at-risk Caboolture students

Young Caboolture students at-risk of dropping out of study will be offered individual support to help them complete their education and training, as part of an innovative trial to tackle welfare dependency. Up to 400 at-risk students in Queensland, South… Continue reading

$328 million to help financially vulnerable Australians

Australians experiencing financial hardship will have support to meet their basic needs in times of crisis thanks to Turnbull Government funding. Applications are now open for funding to help community organisations provide eligible individuals and families with financial crisis assistance… Continue reading

Jenny Macklin

Social Services Minister Dan Tehan today paid tribute to the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, the Member for Jagajaga and Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, who has announced she will retire at the next election. “Jenny Macklin was elected… Continue reading

A new era of welfare

The welfare system will help more Australians into work with reforms that have come into effect. The new measures make the welfare system fairer, more equitable and easier to understand. The new measures strengthen mutual obligation requirements and provide more… Continue reading

More institutions commit to National Redress Scheme

The Australian Government welcomes the announcement that Barnardos Australia and Sydney-based charity Jewish House NSW will join the National Redress Scheme. Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said the organisations had demonstrated real leadership and compassion. “The National Redress Scheme… Continue reading

Tougher No Jab, No Pay rules start 1 July

Parents who don’t vaccinate their children against disease will lose part of their fortnightly family support payment starting 1 July. Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 a fortnight for each child who does not… Continue reading

National Redress Scheme starts

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse can begin planning their application for redress, with the National Redress Scheme starting today. The National Redress Scheme will provide survivors with access to counselling, a redress payment and a direct personal response from… Continue reading

Combatting intergenerational welfare

The Turnbull Government is tackling intergenerational welfare dependency in at-risk groups and helping more people off welfare and into work. Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said new data released today revealed a reduction in the number of people accessing… Continue reading

Fifth anniversary of the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) celebrates its fifth birthday today as it continues to improve the lives of more than 160,000 Australians who are accessing the Scheme. Since four NDIS trial sites were launched in 2013: 45,000 people are… Continue reading

Western Australia joins the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) reaches a new milestone as Western Australia becomes the final state to officially join the federally administered Scheme. From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency will assume responsibility for the delivery of… Continue reading

Western Australia joins National Redress Scheme

The Australian Government welcomes today’s official announcement that the Western Australian Government will join the National Redress Scheme. Every state and territory has now committed to joining the National Redress Scheme for the survivors of child sexual abuse. Non-government institutions… Continue reading

$20 million to support Australia’s volunteers

Community organisations will benefit from $20 million in grants to support the efforts of their volunteers. Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today announced the Volunteer Grants round. “The Turnbull Government recognises the value of Australia’s 8.7 million volunteers,” Mr Tehan… Continue reading