Media Releases

Building community confidence in 5G safety

The Morrison Government is investing $9 million over four years to build public confidence in the safety of telecommunications networks – including new 5G mobile networks – and to address misinformation about electromagnetic energy (EME) emissions which has caused concern in some parts of the community.   New initiatives include additional scientific research and further…

$5 million for bushfire related health research

The current bushfire crisis that is impacting large parts of Australia has devastated individuals and communities. The Australian Government is taking action on this significant public health problem.   The medium-term health effects of the recent bushfires will be studied under two major research streams commissioned by the Government.   The Government will provide $5…

Improving recycled water infrastructure on the Mornington Peninsula

The Morrison Government is helping to improve community water supply by delivering $300,000 for improved recycled water infrastructure on the Mornington Peninsula.   The project will deliver Grade-A recycled water from Melbourne Water’s South Eastern Outfall at Emil Madsen Reserve on Wooralla Drive in Mt Eliza, to a storage dam on Mornington Golf Course.  …

Immediate mental health services deployed into fire affected communities

More mental health support services will be immediately provided to firefighters, emergency personnel, individuals and communities impacted by the ongoing bushfire disaster. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an initial $76 million would fund free counselling sessions, extra Medicare and tele-health consultations, an expansion of headspace services for young Australians, and community recovery initiatives. “These bushfires…

Number of P2 masks provided for bushfires almost 3.5 million

The Australian Government is providing an additional 576,000 P2 masks to South Australia, Tasmania and Australian Defence Force personnel to support bushfire-affected communities.   An additional 505,000 masks have been reserved for New South Wales and 505,600 masks have been reserved for Victoria, following a request from these states.   The Government has already provided…

Ensuring continued access to affordable PBS medicines for those impacted by the bushfires

The Morrison Government is implementing temporary, emergency measures to ensure people affected by the current bushfire situation are able to continue to receive Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidised medicines when a doctor’s prescription is not immediately available.   These changes will help people with ongoing medical needs including those with asthma, lung disease, diabetes, heart disease…

Speeding up the process to get doctors to bushfire-affected communities

The Morrison/McCormack Government has put in place emergency protocols to expedite the process of getting GPs and allied health workers to bushfire-affected communities where they are needed most.   The Department of Health and Department of Human Services will prioritise all applications from doctors who want to work in medical practices in bushfire-affected communities.  …

Number of P2 masks for bushfires increases to more than 1.8 million

The Australian Government is now supplying more than 1.8 million P2 face masks to assist frontline workers and those at risk in communities affected by the bushfires.   The Government is providing more than 1 million masks to NSW, 455,400 to Victoria, approximately 400,000 to the ACT, 19,200 to Australia Post, and 3000 to the…