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 families with the cost of raising children (Family Tax Benefit), new parents (Paid Parental Leave and Dad and Partner Pay), young people leaving formal care (through Transition to Independent Living Allowance) and more programs and services.

The Department also helps to support Australians' mental health.

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Ministers Redress Scheme Governance Board Communique

On Friday, 29 November 2019, the Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, hosted the Ministers Redress Scheme Governance Board (Board) meeting of relevant Ministers with responsibility for the National Redress Scheme in their state or territory.
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The First 1000 Days

Here is some exciting news that can help you play a role in ensuring our children get a happy and healthy start to life.
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