What’s in the federal budget for me? Here’s a quick guide

Here we go again, another federal budget has been handed down mere months after the last one. In Canberra on Tuesday, Treasurer Jim Chalmers described his first budget as “responsible, affordable, and sustainable”.   “It provides cost-of-living relief which is responsible, not reckless — to make life easier for Australians, without adding to …

Australia’s government is changing after nine years of the Coalition

Changes of government don’t happen often in Australia – the Coalition has been in power for the last nine years – but the public service has been preparing for this scenario for weeks. The incoming prime minister, Anthony Albanese, was receiving high-level briefings from public service officials on Sunday – and …

Department of Home Affairs: Ukraine visa support

The Department is supporting Australia’s response to the ​crisis in Ukraine and is progressing visa applications from Ukrainian nationals as a priority, particularly for those with a connection to Australia. Since 23 February 2022, the Department has granted around 4,500, mostly temporary, visas to Ukrainians in Ukraine and hundreds more to Ukrainians …