Media Releases by The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Mental health support for drought-affected communities

Drought-affected communities in Queensland and New South Wales will have increased access to free counselling under a $10.7 million Australian Government investment in targeted social and community support. The Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, and the Minister for Agriculture,… Continue reading

Support for Indigenous sexual abuse survivors in the NT

Indigenous survivors of child sexual abuse in the Northern Territory will soon have access to support services, following a $550,000 Australian Government investment in two specialist organisations. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews said the three-year funding boost to Danila… Continue reading

Coalition Government to renew homelessness funding

The Australian Government will provide $115 million to ensure critical homelessness services continue to support some of Australia’s most vulnerable people. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews today said the funding would reinstate the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness funding… Continue reading

Coalition delivers on Seniors Health Card indexation

Thousands more self-funded retirees will have access to cheaper medicine and health benefits, with Parliament today introducing legislation to index the income thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, said the election commitment would… Continue reading

ACNC must go to free up red tape

Today’s open letter from the Community Council for Australia opposing the Government’s plan to abolish the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission (ACNC) has been signed by only 54 individuals who are not representative of the more than 600,000… Continue reading

Payment increase for 3.6 million pensioners

More than 3.6 million pensioners will receive an increase to their payments from 20 March. Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, said the increases will help pensioners keep up with rises in cost of living expenses and are driven by… Continue reading

Income Management helping families in West Australia

A review released today has found Income Management is changing the lives of vulnerable West Australian families. Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, and West Australian Minister for Child Protection, Helen Morton, have welcomed the findings of A Review of… Continue reading

Support for income management in Ceduna

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, have welcomed the results of a survey which shows community support for income management in the Ceduna area of South Australia. Mr Andrews said those surveyed believed… Continue reading

Helping seniors stay connected this Christmas

The Australian Government is providing $6.1 million to help keep seniors stay connected to their family, friends and communities across the festive season. Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, said $3 million is being invested in 1500 new touch screen… Continue reading

Continuing income management in Cape York

The Australian Government will continue income management as part of Cape York Welfare Reform in the four participating communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge for another two years. The Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, and the… Continue reading

Increased payments for Australia’s pensioners

From today around 3.5 million Australian pensioners, including 2.3 million age pensioners, will receive an increase to their payments. Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, said the indexation increase is a significant boost to the pension. “We understand some Australian… Continue reading