Disability and Carers

Through the provision of targeted supports and services for people with disability and carers, the Department of Social Services (DSS) works to improve their independence and participation in community and economic life.

DSS, in partnership with all Australian Governments, implements the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, providing the overarching policy framework for all Australian disability policy.

DSS also helps to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme and support Australians’ mental health.

Further supports are provided through a range of payments, programs and services, and grants and funding for organisations.

More information is available under publications and articles, standards and quality assurance, and related agencies and sites.

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Disability and Carers Features

Carers feature

New services for carers announced

On 5 March 2018, Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan announced an additional $85.6 million to fund new supports and services to benefit Australia’s unpaid carers.
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Help us make claiming carer payments faster and smoother

Help us make claiming carer payments faster and smoother

Are you able to donate just ten minutes to help us make claiming carer payments faster and smoother and assist other Australian carers like you?
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The 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Survey

The 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Survey

We want to hear your thoughts about disability policy in Australia!
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A carer and her son

Carer Gateway launched to help carers

On 14 December 2015, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Alan Tudge announced the commencement of a new service to assist carers.
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Disability and Carers Latest News

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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