Media releases

2021

Making it easier for small business to pause debt recovery action

As part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Morrison Government will allow small businesses to apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to pause or modify ATO debt recovery actions where the debt

Improving opportunities for home ownership

The Morrison Government is today announcing additional measures to help more Australians own their home sooner as part of the 2021-22 Budget.

More affordable access to insurance for Northern Australians

Northern Australian residents would be offered more affordable and accessible home and business insurance, thanks to the establishment of a reinsurance pool by the Morrison Government.

Further insolvency reforms to support business dynamism

As part of our economic recovery plan, the Morrison Government is pursuing further measures to improve Australia’s insolvency framework for both small and large businesses.

Tax relief for small brewers and distillers to support jobs

Small brewers and distillers will benefit from $225 million in tax relief to support more jobs and investment as part of the 2021–22 Budget.

HomeBuilder extended to support more jobs

The Morrison Government is extending the construction commencement requirement for the successful HomeBuilder program from six months to 18 months for all existing applicants, bringing the total le

Government releases exposure draft legislation to reduce the tax burden on granny flat arrangements and employer-provided retraining and reskilling benefits

The Government has today released draft legislation to give effect to two measures announced in the 2020‑21 Budget.

First home buyers drive HomeBuilder construction boom

The number of new home commencements increased by 26.6% to deliver 33,761 dwellings in the December quarter according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Building Activity Data.

HomeBuilder – applications have closed

The HomeBuilder program has been highly successful and has achieved its purpose of supporting the residential construction industry and assisting Australians build and renovate their homes.

HomeBuilder drives approvals to another record level

On the last day Australians are able to sign a building contract to receive support through the HomeBuilder program, the Australian Bureau of Statistics building approvals data for February 2021 sh

Morrison Government levels the playing field for independent repairers

The Morrison Government has today introduced legislation into the Parliament to establish a mandatory scheme for the sharing of motor vehicle service and repair information.

Housing confidence built on HomeBuilder

Today’s Housing Industry Association (HIA) New Home Sales Report for February 2021 again underscores the significant impact HomeBuilder has had in driving confidence and demand in the residential c

Appointment of Independent Food and Grocery Code Reviewer

The Morrison Government has appointed the Hon Nick Minchin AO as the Independent Reviewer under the Food and Grocery Code for a three-year period.

Appointments to the Insolvency Practitioner Registration and Disciplinary committees

The Morrison Government has appointed Ms Julie-Anne Berry, Ms Natalie Bhardwaj, Ms Virginia Christie, Mr Sergio Freire, Mr Damian Mitsch and Mr Stephen Parbery as part-time members of the Insolvenc

Protecting workers from illegal activity

Australia’s 58,000 registered charities hold a special place in our community because of the vital work they do and in turn receive special status.

HomeBuilder delivering for Tasmania

HomeBuilder is helping build a stronger Australia in 2021 by delivering effective support and stimulus to protect the jobs of the one million Australians employed in the construction sector.

Record detached home starts in 2021 thanks to HomeBuilder

The latest Housing Industry Association’s National and State Outlooks forecast a record level of detached homes will commence construction in 2021.

Takata recall reaches conclusion

The worldwide Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive recall ever undertaken with over an estimated 100 million vehicles affected.

HomeBuilder supporting jobs in Forde

HomeBuilder is helping build a stronger Australia in 2021 by delivering effective support and stimulus to protect the jobs of the one million Australians employed in the construction sector.

Commemorative coins minted to mark Centenary of Rotary in Australia

To mark the Centenary of Rotary in Australia, the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) released two commemorative coins.