Minister pays tribute to staff

DEPARTMENT of Human Services staff in Mount Druitt have been recognised for their ongoing work in meeting the needs of an evolving community.

Human Services Minister Senator Marise Payne visited the service centre last week to meet staff who work hand-in-hand with the community.

"With more than 50,000 customer payments generated in Mount Druitt, the challenge for government is to provide the right services to meet the varying needs of the community," Senator Payne said.

"Mount Druitt has a diverse mix of cultures with growing indigenous, Pacific Islander and Filipino communities.

"We need to be flexible and ensure the right services are in place to meet community expectations."

She paid tribute to the department's community officers and social workers who help the vulnerable and domestic violence victims, along with indigenous and multicultural officers who link communities with education and pre-employment opportunities,

The variety of service options make it easier for people to access Centrelink and Medicare services.

"People can choose to do their business with Centrelink and Medicare either through the self-service computers and phones available in the service centre or at a time that is convenient for them using online services and the Centrelink and Medicare Express Plus smartphone apps," Senator Payne said.

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