Media Releases by The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Commonwealth doctors to assess new DSP claims

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has announced Australian Government-contracted doctors will assess new claims for the Disability Support Pension from next year to achieve consistency and equity across the country. “This measure, which starts on January 1, is not aimed… Continue reading

Matthew Guy elected new Victorian Liberal Leader

I am delighted that Matthew Guy has been elected Leader of the Victorian Parliamentary Liberal Party. Matthew is a high-achiever, whose Ministerial performance and achievements speak volumes of his abilities and talents. I am confident he will be Victoria’s next… Continue reading

Divorce rate still too high despite decrease

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has welcomed a new report which shows the Australian divorce rate is on the decline, but says the figure is still too high. Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show more than… Continue reading

Australia signs new Social Security agreement with India

The Australian Government today signed a new social security agreement with the Indian Government which will make retirement easier for residents of both countries and help improve their retirement incomes. “The Agreement will give former Australian residents now living in… Continue reading

$1 Million Boost for Camp Quality Education Programme

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has announced $1 million in funding to support the Camp Quality Primary School Education Programme. Speaking at the launch of Camp Quality’s Puppet Showcase, Mr Andrews said the Australian Government was pleased to contribute… Continue reading

New family and domestic violence research

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Senator Michaelia Cash say the announcement of approximately $3.5 million for 20 new research projects will support the reduction of violence against women and their children.… Continue reading

National group to target illegal off-shore wagering

A new national working group will be established to tackle the increasing impact of illegal offshore wagering on Australian racing and sports. The new Illegal Offshore Wagering Working Group will be established under the Australian Government’s Gambling Industry Advisory Council… Continue reading

Report shows a cohesive and multicultural Australia

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has today welcomed a report providing further evidence of Australia as a cohesive society. Mr Andrews welcomed the findings of the Scanlon Foundation’s 2014 Mapping Social Cohesion report and confirmed the Government’s commitment to… Continue reading

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. Philanthropy plays a critical role in… Continue reading

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. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews said the Government is investing $5 million up to 2019 towards… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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. The reports evaluate the introduction of voluntary income… Continue reading

Social Services Bills introduced to Parliament

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has today reintroduced all the social services measures announced in the Budget in four separate Bills to Parliament. Mr Andrews said the Government is getting on with the job of fixing Labor’s financial mess.… Continue reading

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. When I visited New Zealand earlier this year to learn… Continue reading

Cheaper Health Benefits for Seniors – As Promised

In a win for seniors the Government has delivered a key election commitment giving thousands more self-funded retirees access to cheaper medicine and health benefits. Despite repeated attempts by Labor and the Greens to block it, legislation to index income… Continue reading

My stand for tolerance

Tolerance is a critical value in a western liberal democracy like Australia. It was for this reason that I intended to address the World Congress of Families meeting in Melbourne tomorrow. The calls for me not to attend demonstrate the… Continue reading

Innovative Aged Care for South Australians

The Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, today officially opened a state-of-the-art aged care facility in Daw Park. Mr Andrews said the addition of a new model into the aged care landscape, particularly a facility as innovative as ViTA, is… Continue reading

Pollie Pedal Raises Over $700,000 for Carers

This year’s Pollie Pedal has raised over $700,000 for Carers Australia. Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews took part in the 1000 km ride from Moree to Penrith and has thanked all those who supported the event. “Now in its… Continue reading

Labor Lies Nothing More Than Scaremongering

Labor Leader Bill Shorten is scraping the bottom of the barrel by scaremongering Australia’s seniors with his comments that pensions will be cut. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has again rejected Labor’s claims that age pensions are worse off… Continue reading