Media releases

2020

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.

First home loan deposit scheme's successful first year

Australian first home buyers have now reserved all of this financial year’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme guarantees.

Processing of early release of superannuation applications has resumed today

The Morrison Government’s early access to superannuation scheme is providing Australians who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis much needed support.

JobKeeper payment extension to help business cashflow

The Australian Taxation Office is extending the time available for businesses to pay their employees, and still be able to claim back the first JobKeeper payments.

Release of ACCC Home Loan Price Inquiry interim report

The Morrison Government has today released the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Home Loan Price Inquiry interim report.

Appointments to the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation

The Morrison Government has made the following appointments to the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation (ARPC):

The Royal Australian Mint commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and Anzac Day 2020, the Royal Australian Mint has released two limited-edition coins to mark these important occasions.

ATO decision to defer lodgements and payments welcomed

The Morrison Government welcomes the decision of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to ease the burden on tax professionals during this difficult time by providing a short term blanket deferral f