Disability and Carers

The Department of Social Services (DSS) helps to support people with disability through programs and services and benefits and payments, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). DSS also helps to support Australians' mental health.

Further support is provided through grants and funding for organisations delivering services for people with disability and people with mental illness.

DSS supports carers through a range of payments, programs and services.

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

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Nominate now for the 2017 National Disability Awards

The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services has announced that nominations are now open for the 2017 National Disability Awards.
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Disability Employment Services Reform 2018 - Industry Information Paper

The Department of Social Services has released an Industry Information Paper to inform interested parties about future arrangements for the Disability Employment Services (DES) program.
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Dylan Alcott announced as Patron for International Day of People with Disability

Dylan Alcott OAM is one of Australia’s most successful and well recognised Paralympians.
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Winner of the Lesley Hall Leadership Award, Maurice Corcoran with his wife, Sheila

Remarkable efforts recognised at the 10th National Disability Awards

Winner of the Lesley Hall Leadership Award, Maurice Corcoran with his wife, Sheila.
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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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