About the Department

We aspire to be Australia’s pre-eminent social policy agency. Our mission is to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia.

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New research into Australian philanthropy

New research released today from the Giving Australia 2016 project reveals the latest trends in philanthropy.
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Multicultural Australia; United, Strong, Successful

Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful

Learn more about Australia’s multicultural statement. Multicultural Australia; United, Strong, Successful renews and reaffirms the Government’s commitment to a multicultural Australia.
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21 March is Harmony Day

Our diversity makes Australia a great place to live. Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.
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Try, Test and Learn Fund

The first cycle of the Try, Test and Learn Fund was open from 9 December 2016 to 5pm AEDT on 24 February 2017.
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About the Department Latest News

Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja released the Australian Government’s new multicultural statement ‘Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful’ on 20 March 2017.
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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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