Ministers

The Hon Christian Porter MP

The Hon Christian Porter MP

Minister for Social Services

 

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs

 

Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Disability Services

The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services

 

 

Portfolio responsibilities

Minister Porter is responsible for:

  • Overall responsibility for the Social Services portfolio, including policy, budget and expenditure matters and deregulation
  • Income Support for Seniors, Vulnerable People, People in Special Circumstances, People of Working Age and Students, including Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance and Austudy/ABSTUDY
  • Implementation of the Australian Priority Investment Approach
  • Payments and allowances for people with disability and their carers, including Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment
  • International Social Security Agreements
  • Allowances and Concessions
  • Social Security means test policy, nominee policy, advance payment policy and compensation provisions
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Policy to support people with Disability and their Carers, the National Disability Strategy and Disability Employment Reform Policy
  • Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Policy
  • Policy, payments and programs to support families, children and communities
  • Programs and services to reduce violence against women and their children
  • Child Support Policy
  • Housing and Homelessness policy and programs
  • The Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership
  • Whole-of-Government Grants Hub and DSS Data Exchange
  • Income Management (Policy) and the Cashless Debit Card
  • Pay Equity in the Social and Communities Services Sector
  • Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services Policy

Minister Tudge is responsible for the following discrete policy issues (these are in addition to responsibilities for Human Services):

  • Progress the Cashless Debit Card trials
  • Gambling, Wagering and Gaming
  • Implementation of the Compulsory Rent Deduction scheme
  • Strengthening the delivery of welfare payments and delivering improved social outcomes

Assistant Minister Prentice is responsible for:

  • Disability, Mental Health and Carers Programs, including the national carer gateway
  • Disability employment programs, including Australian Disability Enterprises, Disability Employment Services and the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme
  • Peak body and stakeholder engagement with the disability and carers sector, including Co-Chair of the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council
  • The Specialist Disability Accommodation Initiative
  • Support the transitioning of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to full scheme, including:
    • Engagement with the National Disability Insurance Agency, sector and stakeholders
    • Ensuring Indigenous Australians have appropriate access to the Scheme

Assistant Minister Seselja is responsible for:

  • Settlement Services and Programs, including the settlement of the additional intake of Syrian and Iraqi humanitarian refugees
  • Multicultural affairs, including social cohesion and promoting benefits to prospective migrants and visitors
  • Domestic and Intercountry adoption, including strengthening Government support through improved referral pathways and family support services
  • Implement the Third Action Plan 2015-18 under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children
  • Housing and homelessness

Former Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries

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