Media Releases by The Hon Paul Fletcher MP

NDIS supports participants with dysphagia

The Australian Government and state and territory governments have agreed interim solutions to ensure people with dysphagia do not fall through cracks between mainstream health systems and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul… Continue reading

Cashless Debit Card programs extended by 12 months

The Liberal-National Government has announced a 12-month extension of the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) and the Income Management program across existing sites, as part of an ongoing commitment to welfare quarantining. The CDC and Income Management programs quarantine a percentage… Continue reading

Ministers unanimous in calls for institutions

All states and territories have joined Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, to urge non-government institutions to fast-track entry into the National Redress Scheme.   Mr Fletcher hosted the first Ministers’ Redress Scheme Governance Board meeting in… Continue reading

Transition to full NDIS in Tasmania

The Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have reached a landmark agreement that locks in enduring arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Tasmania. Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, said the agreement is a significant step forward… Continue reading

First Anglican organisations join National Redress Scheme

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher, has welcomed the first group of Anglican institutions into the National Redress Scheme and has encouraged more to join. “Ten Anglican organisations have now finalised their arrangements, allowing claims from people… Continue reading

Waiting periods changed for newly-arrived residents

Changes to the Australian welfare payment system that passed Parliament last night will make it more sustainable and fairer. Passage of the Promoting Sustainable Welfare Bill delivers on the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to build a welfare system that is fair,… Continue reading

Payment increase for 1 million Australians

About one-million youth, student and carer payment recipients will receive an increase to their payments from 1 January 2019. Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher said that payments are indexed regularly to ensure they keep up with increases… Continue reading

New data on attitudes towards violence against women

Most people agree violence against women is wrong and are more likely to support gender equality than ever before, according to new research released today by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against… Continue reading

Helping migrants and refugees into work

Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher today announced the Employer-led Refugee Employment Project, which will provide training, coaching and work experience to prepare 100 working age migrants and refugees for paid positions within the Woolworths Group. The Australian… Continue reading

$5.6 million for emergency relief providers

The Liberal National Government will provide an additional $5.6 million to help community organisations deliver emergency relief support in 2019. Any community organisation that received Commonwealth Government funding for emergency relief in 2018 and applied to continue the service will… Continue reading