Media Releases by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Aged Care Approval Round 2015 to open in August

The Abbott Government has today announced that applications for the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) for both home care and residential aged care places will open in August. The Government recognises that many older Australians wish to remain in… Continue reading

Funding for autism early intervention research

The Abbott Government announced today it will provide research funding for a pilot study on the transition of children with autism to primary school. The Federal Minister with responsibility for disability, Senator Mitch Fifield, joined Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister… Continue reading

NDIS participant numbers continue to grow

More than 13,000 people with disability are now benefiting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), according to new data released today. Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, said that more than 13,500 participants now had support plans in… Continue reading

Ministers sign agreement for early NDIS rollout

The Commonwealth and NSW Governments today signed an agreement to begin the early rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Nepean Blue Mountains area of Western Sydney. Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield and NSW… Continue reading

Excellence Award for Tweed Heads Disability Enterprise

An innovative Australian Disability Enterprises in northern NSW has today been recognised for its ongoing commitment to disability employment. The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, announced On Track Community Programs had won the Australian Disability Enterprises Excellence… Continue reading

Supporting Greater Choice for Older Australians

The 2015 Budget is part of the Commonwealth Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians. The Government is improving aged care in Australia to reduce regulation and allow home care funding to follow the… Continue reading

Helping seniors engage in the digital age

Around 97,000 older Australians will continue to receive free access to computers and internet training to ensure they are not left behind in the digital age, thanks to a $1.3 million Abbott Government investment. The Minister for Social Services, Scott… Continue reading

COAG Disability Reform Council Communiqué

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council) met today in Melbourne. The meeting was chaired by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, the Commonwealth Minister responsible for disability and aged care. The Council welcomed Minister the Hon… Continue reading

Artwork launched for the 26th Desert Harmony Festival

The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, today launched the artwork and tagline for the promotion of this year’s Barkly Desert Harmony Festival. Visiting Tennant Creek, Minister Fifield said the Festival will have a strong disability theme, with… Continue reading

Innovative Aged Care Projects receive $34 million boost

Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister, Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, today announced the Coalition Government will invest $34 million into tackling new and existing challenges in aged care nationwide. Older Australians will benefit from… Continue reading

Government funding for disability conferences

Organisations that support Australians with disability will benefit from a $250,000 Abbott Government investment into disability-related conferences. Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, said 25 groups were receiving Government support to maximise the participation of people with disability… Continue reading

Improving job opportunities for people with disability

The disability employment market is now open for business as part of the Government’s commitment to helping people with disability find jobs. “For the first time ever, all Disability Employment Services (DES) are now being delivered through competitive contracts by… Continue reading

More bursaries to help young carers

The Commonwealth Government will provide an additional 150 bursaries to help young carers further their education. The Young Carer Bursary Programme allows carers up to 25 years old to continue study or vocational training. These are exceptional Australians. The Abbott… Continue reading

Ministers welcome NDIS for Western Sydney kids

NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka and federal Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield today welcomed the announcement of a joint National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) next stage plan by NSW Premier Mike Baird. Mr Baird today announced… Continue reading

Funding extensions for disability and carer programmes

The Abbott Government today delivered certainty to thousands of people with disability, carers, families and their advocates by extending funding for a range of programmes transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator… Continue reading