Media releases

2020

Homebuilder driven new home sales protecting tradies' jobs

New home sales data from the Housing Industry Association (HIA) confirms once again that the Morrison Government’s HomeBuilder programme is protecting tradies’ jobs.

Homebuilder continues to build confidence and support tradies' jobs

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Lending Indicators data shows the Morrison Government’s HomeBuilder programme is delivering on its goal of keeping Australia’s construction pipeline flowing

New Donation Dollar small change for a big difference

The world’s first Donation Dollar has been launched today by the Royal Australia Mint and is designed to remind Australians that any time is a good time to donate to causes

NHFIC First Home Loan Deposit Scheme Trend and Insight Report underscores its success

New data today shows the Morrison Government’s successful First Home Loan Deposit Scheme has helped get Australians into a home of their own up to four years earlier than th

New safety standards for toys containing magnets

The Morrison Government has approved a new mandatory safety standard for toys with loose small high-powered magnets to help protect younger children.

Pilot program to deliver additional community housing throughout New South Wales

The Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments will work together on a new pilot program to fast-track community housing supply by providing innovative, low cost finance to Community Housing Prov

2020 Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting

This week, Minister Michael Sukkar and Minister Alex Hawke joined counterparts from across the region for the 2020 Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting, held virtually for the first tim

New home sales up 64 per cent confirming Homebuilder is protecting tradies' jobs

Today’s data from the Housing Institute of Australia (HIA) confirms yet again that the Morrison Government’s HomeBuilder programme is achieving its objective of protecting tradies’ jobs.

National Housing and Infrastructure Facility to deliver 781 social and affordable homes

The Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments have reached a ground-breaking agreement to fund critical infrastructure that will fast-track the delivery of 781 new social

Extension to Victorian Homebuilder construction commencement timeframe

To provide certainty and confidence to Victorian HomeBuilder participants, the construction commencement timeframe will be extended to six months given the unique COVID-19 restrictions throughout t

Fifth annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is chartered with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia by investing in sustainable infrastructure and other productive sectors.<

2020-21 Pre-Budget submissions

The 2020-21 Budget will outline the Morrison Government’s plan for recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic focused on growing the economy and creating jobs for Australians.

Over $1 billion in tax refunds paid to Australians

The Morrison Government has welcomed the news that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has paid over $1 billion dollars in tax refunds in the first two weeks of tax time.

Extension of simplified working from home deductions

The Morrison Government has welcomed the extension of the temporary arrangements put in place by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to make it easier for Australians to claim deductions for working fr

10,000 First Home Loan Deposit Scheme guarantees available from today

The Morrison Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme has had an incredibly successful first year.

Revised start dates for technical superannuation and taxation measures

The Morrison Government has today announced revised start dates for a number of technical superannuation and taxation measures to provide clarity and certainty for taxpayers and superannuation fu

Third NHFIC bond secures 775 new affordable homes

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) has today finalised Australia’s largest ever bond issuance for social and affordable housing totalling $562 million

Suspending indexation of tax instalments

The Morrison Government will legislate to suspend the indexation of tax instalment amounts for the 2020-21 financial year in response to COVID-19.

‘Homebuilder’ program to drive economic activity across the residential construction sector

The Morrison Government is supporting jobs in the residential construction sector with the introduction of the new HomeBuilder program.

Appointment to the Board of Taxation

The Morrison Government has reappointed Dr Julianne Jaques as a part-time member of the Board of Taxation (the Board) for a further three-year period from 1 July 2020.