Advice to organisations on Cyber Security

As you may be aware, a large-scale ransomware campaign has impacted organisations globally with the latest being 28 June 2017. The Australian Government is closely monitoring this situation.  Situation updates as well as advice to individuals and organisations will be made available on the Australian Cyber Security Centre website as required.

If you have been affected by ransomware or require assistance please visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre website and follow the guidance on how to report an incident.

Wherever possible we also advise organisations to review and implement the Strategies to Mitigating Cyber Security Incidents provided by the Australian Signals Directorate. These strategies provide a practical list of steps that organisations can take to reduce the likelihood of being impacted by these attacks.


The Community Grants Hub website offers service providers information about Commonwealth Government grant opportunities and helpful information to support organisations seeking or managing grants to deliver community services and support.

All DSS grants are now advertised on the Community Grants Hub website and organisations are encouraged to subscribe to receive Hub updates and other grant alerts.  Subscribers to DSS alerts will now receive updates from the Hub.

Contacting the Community Grants Hub

Please contact the Community Grants Hub if you would like further information or to offer feedback.

A New Way of Working for Grants

The Australian Government is committed to working effectively with organisations to deliver valuable services for individuals, families and the community. This includes providing greater certainty for service providers to improve service delivery and enable them to continue to deliver the critical work that they do.

As part of a broad plan to boost productivity and remove unnecessary red tape for community organisations, the Department of Social Services (DSS) has seven streamlined grant programs aimed at enhancing service delivery and providing greater freedom for service providers.

DSS grant arrangements include:

  • grant programs that reflect the way community services are delivered
  • longer term grant agreements where appropriate, to offer certainty in service delivery
  • a move towards a single grant agreement for each provider to reduce administrative burden
  • a streamlined approach to program performance reporting which is mutually beneficial
  • simplified financial acquittal reporting to cut down on administrative costs for providers

DSS funding rounds currently open for application are advertised on the Funding Open for Application page.

Organisations interested in DSS grants are encouraged to subscribe to receive alerts when new information is made available. The Department accepts no responsibility to inform applicants of any changes if they do not subscribe to receive alerts.

Media Releases

For information about DSS Budget measures, visit the DSS Budget page.

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