Media Releases by The Hon Dan Tehan MP

More equitable child support

Reforms to the child support program that make the system simpler and more equitable for parents passed the Senate today. The Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Bill 2018 strengthens incentives to comply with court orders or… Continue reading

Toughening No Jab, No Pay

Parents who don’t vaccinate their children against disease will lose part of their fortnightly family support payment. From 1 July 2018, Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 a fortnight for each child who does… Continue reading

National Redress Scheme update

A National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse moved another step closer when legislation was introduced into the New South Wales Parliament today that will refer powers to the Commonwealth. Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said… Continue reading

Making the ACT more inclusive

The Turnbull Government will provide $2.7 million to make the Australian Capital Territory more inclusive for people with disability. The Government is providing grants for 17 projects through the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) component of the National Disability… Continue reading

A fully funded NDIS

The Turnbull Government will fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) that is providing life-changing support to Australians with disability. Because of a stronger economy and an improved Budget fiscal position, the Government can now fully fund the NDIS… Continue reading

Empowering Norfolk Island women

Women on Norfolk Island will receive free advice and training to help them plan for their financial future, along with training and mentoring to strengthen their roles as leaders in their community. The Turnbull Government is funding the ‘In Charge… Continue reading

Innovation to break the welfare cycle

The Burnie community will be invited to brainstorm ideas to help local, unemployed people find work at an Australian first ‘ideas exchange’. An ‘ideas exchange’ will be held in Burnie on 28 March 2018 to generate practical and innovative ways… Continue reading

Cashless Debit Card begins in the Goldfields

The Cashless Debit Card will improve the lives of people in the Goldfields community. Around 3,600 people in the Goldfields community will receive the Cashless Debit Card progressively over the next three months, with letters to recipients starting to be… Continue reading

Evaluator for Try, Test and Learn Fund

The University of Queensland will evaluate the success of the Government’s innovative approaches to addressing long-term welfare dependency. The Try, Test and Learn Fund is generating evidence on how best to invest in people who may need additional help to… Continue reading

A fairer and simpler welfare system

Australia’s welfare system will be simpler and provide greater encouragement for people to move from welfare into work with the passage of the Welfare Reform Bill through the Senate today. The Turnbull Government has delivered significant reform with the passage… Continue reading

ACT opts in to Redress Scheme

The Federal Government welcomes today’s announcement the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has joined the national Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Australia is another step closer to a truly national scheme that covers as many people as… Continue reading

Investing in Australian communities

The Turnbull Government is funding innovative community projects that target disadvantage and encourage a sense of community. The Strong and Resilient Communities grants program will support 83 organisations with a total of $36.6 million in Government funding. The successful local… Continue reading

Dame Enid Lyons’ legacy honoured

The Department of Social Services’ (DSS) national office building in Canberra was today named after Dame Enid Lyons, former Liberal politician, the first woman elected to the House of Representatives, and the first to sit in a Federal Cabinet. Dame… Continue reading

Supporting victims of forced marriage

A special home for the victims of forced marriage will offer a safe place for them to rebuild their lives. Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today announced the Government was providing $750,000 to support a secure and comfortable family-style… Continue reading

NDIA HQ a boon for regional Victoria

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the $120 million National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) headquarters under construction in Geelong would create hundreds of local jobs and benefit regional Victoria. Ms Henderson and Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today toured… Continue reading

4.7 million Australians to benefit from indexation

Around 4.7 million pension and allowance recipients will receive an increase to their welfare payments from 20 March. The increases will help pensioners and allowance recipients to keep up with increases in living costs. From 20 March, pension payments including… Continue reading

$117 million to improve youth homelessness services

The Turnbull Government is working to prevent youth homelessness by linking at-risk Australians with essential services. Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today announced funding of up to $117 million over five years to 102 Reconnect services. Reconnect is a youth… Continue reading

New report card on Australian children and youth

A new report on the emotional, social and physical wellbeing of Australia’s young people shows we are leading the world in some areas, including low rates of youth smoking and life expectancy at birth. Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon… Continue reading