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Try, Test and Learn Fund

The first cycle of the Try, Test and Learn Fund is open from 9 December 2016 to 24 February 2017.
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Darwich a refugee from Syria

Helping refugees

Watch and read personal stories from refugees and find out how you can help our newest arrivals build their lives in Australia.
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Cover of DSS Annual Report 2015–16

DSS Annual Report

DSS Annual Report 2015–16 is now available online.
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Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare launched

Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare launched

The Minister for Social Services has launched the Baseline Valuation Report of the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare.
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BSWAT Payment Scheme

For information or queries about the BSWAT Payment Scheme, visit the BSWAT Payment Scheme page (www.dss.gov.au/bswat) or call the BSWAT Payment Scheme hotline on 1800 799 515.
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BSWAT class action now settled

Thousands of people with intellectual impairment can now register for the Australian Government’s BSWAT Payment Scheme. The scheme will provide a one-off payment of $100 or more to an eligible person with intellectual impairment.
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National Settlement Framework

The National Settlement Framework is a high level structural blueprint for Commonwealth, State and Territory and Local Government, to work in partnership to plan and deliver services that support the settlement of migrants and new arrivals in Australia.
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