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Thursday, 10 September 2015

A Queensland man has today received a four year sentence for fraudulently claiming almost $200,000 in welfare payments.

The Brisbane District Court heard 70-year-old Sandstone Point resident Milan Rakic created a fake identity to claim income support payments, including the Age Pension...

Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Department of Human Services, together with HP Australia and Specialist People Foundation have expanded their acclaimed Dandelion program to Brisbane, giving young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder access to a career in the IT sector.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon...

Wednesday, 02 September 2015

A Western Australian woman who deliberately defrauded the Commonwealth of over $95,000 has today been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, to serve a minimum of nine months.

Gidgegannup resident Julie Bohannan, 41, pleaded guilty to not disclosing her relationship while receiving...

Tuesday, 04 August 2015

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne was a special guest today at a roundtable discussion on how the Department of Human Services supports people from diverse communities experiencing family domestic violence.

Hosted by the Immigrant Women’s Health Service in...

Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Department of Human Services will lead the Australian Public Service in the fight against family and domestic violence, following a speech laying out a comprehensive blueprint by the Minister at the Sydney Institute on Tuesday night.

In a wide-ranging address, Minister Payne said that...

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The Abbott Government has created a new guide to Medicare billing to support medical practitioners to focus on treating patients and to worry less about paperwork.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne launched the Medicare Billing Assurance Toolkit, at Balance!...

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A new smart phone app will make it easier for separated families to manage their child support payments.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the government is doing its best to make it easier for Australians to do their government business anywhere, at any time...

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Families receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or Child Care payments are being reminded to ensure their children receive their scheduled immunisations before the end of the financial year.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne encouraged parents to act now.
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Friday, 10 April 2015

Joint statement with Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP

The Coalition Government will take action to replace the Department of Human Services decades old welfare payment IT system with a modern platform, an important step in advancing welfare reform, Minister for...

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will this year expand its Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme to a further nine federal public sector agencies.

The entry-level employment and development program will give permanent, full time work and on-the-job training for more than 200...

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Multilingual Service Officers at the Cabramatta Service Centre are making it easier for people from diverse backgrounds to access essential government services online.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne visited the Cabramatta Service Centre today to see firsthand how...

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Relocation Scholarships are now available to Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY students who are moving to or from a regional area to undertake higher education.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said students do not need to make a separate claim for a Relocation...

Tuesday, 03 February 2015

In an Australian-first 11 people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have begun traineeships designed to harness their unique abilities at the Department of Human Services in Adelaide.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne together with representatives from Specialist People...

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Australian Hearing National Bus Tour 2015 was officially launched today by the Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne and award-winning country singer and Australian Hearing Ambassador Troy Cassar-Daley during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Over the course of...

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Sydney CBD is now home to an innovative new shopfront helping Australian’s access government services with a digital focus.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne today officially opened the new myGov shopfront located in Martin Place.

“The Abbott...

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Department of Human Services has revealed a $23 million rort among welfare recipients who failed to declare their income.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said a pilot compliance program had identified 575 people working in Family Day Care that had not...

Friday, 05 December 2014

The Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne today announced the appointment of Dr Peta Seaton as Chair of the Board of Australian Hearing Services.

Minister Payne said Dr Seaton’s broad experience in public policy, strategic management, finance, and understanding of...

Wednesday, 03 December 2014

The Australian Government Department of Human Services is taking advantage of the latest technology to break down barriers for people with disability.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the department’s approach to assisting people with disability aligns with...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Australian Government Department of Human Services is strongly supporting White Ribbon Day to help raise awareness of family and domestic violence.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the Department has developed a Family and Domestic Violence Strategy, aimed...

Monday, 20 October 2014

Around 330,000 families will receive their quarterly Child Care Rebate this month to help with out-of-pocket costs.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the quarterly payments covering July to September 2014 will be made automatically to eligible families over...

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

To mark National Carers Week, the Australian Government Department of Human Services is reminding carers to take the time to take care of themselves.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said National Carers Week (12 – 18 October) led by Carers Australia, is a time to...

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Australian Government’s online services gateway – myGov – now has five million active users.  

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said almost one in three Australian adults gain access to government services through myGov.

“myGov has experienced a...

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

For the first time in Australia, the Department of Human Services and HP Australia will work together with Danish company Specialist People Foundation to provide skilled employment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said an...

Tuesday, 02 September 2014

The Department of Human Services is helping Australian women get MoneySmart this week.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne is among a chorus of women in public life highlighting the wealth of free and independent services available in the community.

“My...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Centrelink customers are now able to claim Newstart Allowance and Parenting Payment online.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said more than 100,000 online claims have already been successfully completed since the service went live in May.

“Making government...

Monday, 04 August 2014

Joint statement with Federal Member for Longman, Wyatt Roy MP

Department of Human Services staff in Caboolture have been acknowledged for their contribution to the local community.

Minister for Human Services the Hon Senator Marise...

Monday, 04 August 2014

Joint statement with Federal Member for Brisbane, the Hon. Teresa Gambaro MP

A new flagship office in the Brisbane CBD is helping city workers manage tax and other government business on their lunch breaks.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Federal Member...

Monday, 28 July 2014

Department of Human Services staff in Mt Druitt were acknowledged today for their ongoing work in meeting the needs of an evolving community.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne made a special visit to the service centre in Mount Street today to meet with staff who...

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Joint statement with Assistant Minister for Employment, the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP

Long-term jobseekers who find work are being encouraged to register now for a Centrelink online account to prepare for new Job Commitment Bonus payments if they stay in work.

Minister for Human...

Thursday, 10 April 2014

A small shopfront in Rouse Hill is having a big impact on the way people access Centrelink and Medicare.

The first of its kind in Australia, the Rouse Hill shopfront has been embraced by the local community with 150¬ – 200 people each day using the onsite self-service...

Monday, 31 March 2014

Gosford Service Centre staff have been recognised for helping complete more than 1.5 million claims for families customers in the past year.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP visited the Gosford Service...

Thursday, 27 March 2014

More than 800,000 Centrelink customers can now earn 60 per cent more without it affecting their payment.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said people receiving Newstart Allowance, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance, Sickness Allowance or Parenting...

Monday, 17 March 2014

Centrelink pension recipients are set to gain a helping hand with their regular payments set to increase from Thursday 20 March.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said more than 3.6 million pensioners across the country would receive the increase.

“Customers...

Friday, 14 March 2014

Fitting hearing-aids to children suffering hearing loss within six months of birth significantly improves their speech and language ability through early childhood, new research by Australian Hearing’s National Acoustic Laboratories has found.

Minister for Human Services...

Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Drought-affected farmers are encouraged to visit Mobile Service Centre ‘Kangaroo Paw’ when it is in north-western NSW next week to test their eligibility for income support by lodging a claim.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the Mobile Service...

Friday, 28 February 2014

Joint release with Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Minister for Indigenous Affairs the Hon Nigel Scullion are encouraging Indigenous people to apply for the Department of Human Services’...

Thursday, 20 February 2014

The long view on life is not something all our customers appreciate. Most often it’s the short term. Today’s problems, today’s needs.

But for one family of customers it’s the long view and 29 years of continuous service that they are grateful for.

In a letter to both...

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne today paid tribute to staff at the Fairfield Service Centre for the important work they perform assisting refugees.

With one of the most culturally diverse communities in the country, Fairfield is one of only five sites...

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne recognised efforts of Nowra Centrelink and Medicare staff as the Department of Human Services continues its transition to digital service delivery.

Minister Payne visited the Nowra Service Centre with the Member for...

Thursday, 20 February 2014

 Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne today announced Hobart-based ICT staff will stay in Tasmania following a review of ICT operations.

"I met with staff this morning in Hobart to confirm the department will remain where it is, with no staff required to re...

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Last week our Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, took to Sydney streets selling magazines.

No, the Minister hasn’t fallen on hard times, it was all for a very good cause.
Minister Payne was one of 50 corporate and government leaders in Sydney participating in The...

Thursday, 13 February 2014

As universities across the country begin to buzz with O-Week activities students are being encouraged to stay in touch and up to date with their student assistance payments using the Express Plus Students app.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said...

Thursday, 13 February 2014

A 52-year-old Tasmanian woman will spend up to 15 months behind bars after being found guilty of fraudulently claiming more than $97,000 in welfare payments.

The Supreme Court of Tasmania yesterday heard The Department of Human Services was tipped off that Dena Alexopoulos of...

Thursday, 30 January 2014

As the new school year kicks off the Department of Human Services is making it simpler than ever for parents to access their child’s immunisation history.

Minister for Human Services, Senator the Hon Marise Payne said parents who need to provide proof of immunisation for their...

Friday, 24 January 2014

Sweeping plains, bushfires, droughts and flooding rains – the Department of Human Services’ two Mobile Service Centres have seen it all as they have traversed rural and regional Australia.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said...
Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Department of Human Services will relocate its disaster recovery outreach to Mundaring today, to ensure all those severely affected by the Perth Hills bushfires have the opportunity to claim assistance payments.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said...

Friday, 17 January 2014

Residents affected by the devastating Perth Hills bushfires can still access Australian Government recovery assistance this weekend.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said staff from the Department of Human Services will remain at the Swan View recovery...

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Department of Human Services staff are available at the recovery centre at Swan View to assist people with claims for Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment following the Western Australian bushfires.

Minister for Human Services Senator Marise Payne and Federal Member...

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Quarterly Child Care Rebate payments will start to hit the bank accounts of nearly 285,000 eligible parents from Wednesday.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said payments covering September to December 2013 will be made automatically to eligible...

Monday, 16 December 2013

Joint release with Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP

You’ve packed your bathers and towel, you’ve put your passport in a safe place… But have you thought about taking your medication overseas this Christmas?

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Human...

Thursday, 12 December 2013

High school leavers planning to continue studying or take up an Australian Apprenticeship next year are being urged to lodge their Youth Allowance claim now to ensure they are paid from the earliest possible date.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said...

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Joint release with Minister for Industry, the Hon. Ian MacFarlane MP

The Australian Government is committed to helping the people, families and local business impacted by Rio Tinto’s announcement to suspend production at it Gove alumina refinery.

Minister for Industry...

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The Redcliffe Peninsula is leading the way as the first community in Australia to experience Centrelink and Medicare services centred on digital ways of doing business.

Minister for Human Services Senator Marise Payne officially opened the new Margate service centre today and...

Monday, 25 November 2013

The Australian Hearing Bus visited Mudgee today, giving local residents the opportunity to access a free hearing check.

Minister for Human Services, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, visited staff and clients at the hearing bus outside the Mudgee Information Centre in Market...

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Joint release with Minister for Justice, the Hon. Michael Keenan MP

The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) has now been made available by the Australian Government to individuals in New South Wales who
were severely affected by the bushfires.

The Minister for...

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Department of Human Services staff will be on the ground in key bushfire zones this weekend helping local residents as the recovery effort gets underway.

“Service centres in Springwood, Katoomba, Raymond Terrace, Wyong and Charlestown will be open from 9am to 5pm on both...

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