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

Patron announced for International Day of People with Disability

Patron announced for International Day of People with Disability

Assistant Minister Jane Prentice today announced Karni Liddell as the 2016 Patron for International Day of People with Disability.
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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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Members of the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council

National Disability and Carers Advisory Council meets for first time

Members of the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council.
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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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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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