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Funding arrangements and child safety

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse highlighted the need for organisations to adopt child safe practices including appropriate screening of staff, mandatory reporting and adoption of National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

Stronger Outcomes for Families

The Department of Social Services (DSS) would like to invite you to contribute to the future of family and children services.

Taxable Payment Annual Reporting - Information for Vendors

In August 2018, the Department of Social Services (DSS) will report details of certain payments to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Possible Scam Alert

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has recently received reports that members of the Public have been contacted by an individual or individuals identifying themselves as DSS officers.

Break the cycle of welfare dependency

On 22 November 2017, the Try, Test and Learn funding round opened. Applicants can apply for funding to trial innovative projects to help improve the lives of vulnerable Australians, to support those who are most in need.