Media Releases by The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Coalition Committed to Reducing Homelessness

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has today launched 2014 Homeless Persons Week and reinforced the Coalition’s commitment to help those without safe and secure accommodation. Mr Andrews said this year’s theme ‘Homelessness: we can’t afford to ignore it’ raises… Continue reading

Welfare Review Public Submissions Closing Soon

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews is encouraging people to have their say on the recently released interim report proposing improvements to Australia’s welfare system. Mr Andrews says the timeline for public submissions to be lodged ends in 2 weeks.… Continue reading

Labor to deny thousands cheaper medicine

Thousands of self-funded retirees will miss out on cheaper prescription drugs and other health benefits if Labor blocks moves to index income limits for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CHSC). Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews said Labor has today… Continue reading

National support for homelessness agreement

All Australian states and territories have now signed the new National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) ensuring homelessness programmes across Australia will continue for another year. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews said the NPAH provides up to $115 million… Continue reading

National homelessness agreement on track

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has announced that only South Australia and Tasmania are yet to sign the 2014-15 National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) that provides up to $115 million in Federal funding for homelessness initiatives. Mr Andrews… Continue reading

Welfare spending data now online

Federal Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has announced that from today, more comprehensive and easier to use income support data will be available online. Mr Andrews said making the income support data readily accessible is part of the Government’s… Continue reading

Stronger Relationships Trial Begins

Committed couples can now register online for a $200 subsidy towards the cost of relationship education and counselling services, under the Australian Government’s Stronger Relationships trial. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews said the one-year trial will provide up to… Continue reading

Interim Report Proposes a Simplified Welfare System

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews says an interim review of Australia’s welfare system has put forward a simplified payments structure with four basic payment types, among other potential reforms. Mr Andrews said Patrick McClure AO, former CEO of Mission… Continue reading

Committee Confirms Labor Pork Barrelling

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews says more evidence has emerged showing Labor’s failed $100 million Building Better Regional Communities program (BBRC) was nothing more than a pork barrelling exercise. Mr Andrews said despite a target of 8000 new homes,… Continue reading

Hypocritical Macklin Doesn’t Get It

Labor has shown once again that it is incapable of understanding the Coalition’s budget measures by continuing its campaign of scaremongering and lies to Australian families. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews says Labor’s Jenny Macklin is telling lies when… Continue reading

At risk Afghan employees settled in Australia

More than 500 Afghan nationals who were employed in support of Australia’s mission in Afghanistan, together with their families, have now been granted visas to Australia under the 2013-14 refugee and humanitarian programme. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the… Continue reading

Income management extended to the Ceduna region

Income management will be rolled out to the Ceduna region of South Australia from July 2014 for one year and will continue in six other sites through a $101.1 million Australian Government investment. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews said… Continue reading

Preventing violence against women and their children

The Coalition Government’s zero tolerance approach to violence against women and children was reiterated today with the announcement of a new National Research Agenda. Minister for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for… Continue reading