Families and Children

The Department of Social Services helps to support families and children through programs and services as well as benefits and payments. Further support is provided through grants and funding for organisations providing services for families. There’s help for household budgets (Family Tax Benefit), new parents (Paid Parental Leave and Dad and Partner Pay), young people leaving formal care (through Transition to Independent Living Allowance from 1 January 2014) and more.

The Department also helps to support Australians' mental health.

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Australian Government Response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse image

Australian Government Response to the Royal Commission

On 13 June 2018, the Australian Government released its response to the Royal Commission, including the establishment of the National Office for Child Safety within the Department of Social Services.
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Cashless debit card

Cashless debit card

The rollout of the cashless debit card in the Goldfields region in Western Australia has begun and will continue over the next few months.
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Young people

Two reviews of the Transition to Independent Living Allowance published

The Department has published the 2011 Review of the TILA Program and the 2015 Review of the Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA): An analysis of the 1 January 2014 reforms to TILA.
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