NSW has become the first State in Australian history to gain accreditation for its government-run child protection service.
People sleeping rough around Sydney Town Hall have been given permanent accommodation with an added surprise after visiting the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) pop-up housing office.
The state-wide caseworker vacancy rate has remained stable at three per cent in the June 2016 quarter, according to data released today by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
Family and Community Services has continued the rollout of the successful pop-up housing office program, this time held at Central Station.
Data released today by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services shows the statewide caseworker vacancy rate remained low at five per cent in the December 2014 quarter.
The latest update of Expected Waiting Times for Social Housing in NSW has been released, showing a growing demand for properties across NSW.
A draft Regulation to support the operation of the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (NSW) has been released by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) today for public consultation.
The Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victorian governments today signed the first agreements for the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Family and Community Services' Deputy Secretary, Jim Longley today launched a set of three videos featuring staff and residents in a group home using 'Active Support', at an event in Sans Souci.
AFL Players, GWS Giants, not for profit organisation Ladder and the NSW Government have partnered to tackle youth homelessness with new programs in Western Sydney.
Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Brad Hazzard has officially opened the new Bridge Housing development at the Bungarribee estate in Blacktown.
Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) will be able to reach a wider audience, sharing more than $800,000 in funding to Central Coast projects. MMAD is one of 24 local projects funded in the Central Coast under the second round of the NSW Government’s $20 million Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF).
The NSW Government has embarked on ground-breaking reforms aimed at ending the cycle of inter-generational disadvantage and rising numbers of children in Out of Home Care.
New research has been commissioned on homelessness and its causes among war veterans so that governments across Australia can comprehensively support returned servicemen and women.
Children entering Out of Home Care (OOHC) will have a better understanding of their rights and how to seek help with a new-look Charter of Rights released today.
Young teens who turn to homelessness services will be better supported with 24/7 safe accommodation and increased resources to reunite them with their families, or appropriate longer term carers.
Delivering better outcomes for tenants and the community is the focus of reform which will see social housing in four areas of NSW managed by Community Housing Providers.
Vulnerable children will receive intensive intervention to help them recover from trauma under a NSW Government plan to overhaul residential care, Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard announced today.
Hundreds of foster families have echoed calls for more people to open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children at a special picnic to celebrate 2016 Foster Care Week.
The NSW Government is calling on everyone with an interest in preventing homelessness to have their say on a new discussion paper Foundations for Change – Homelessness in NSW.
Family and Community Services is inspecting temporary accommodation to ensure that women escaping domestic violence are housed in safe facilities.
More than 130,000 children, families and communities will benefit from reforms which promote increased early support to vulnerable families, Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard announced today.
A major increase in the exchange of information between federal and state agencies and the continuous checking of new records has resulted in thousands of high risk adults being prevented from working with children, the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard said today.
More than 170 vulnerable families have received support to reunite or stay safely together, thanks to Australia’s first Social Benefit Bond.
Vulnerable young people facing homelessness will be assisted with the expansion of the Youth Private Rental Subsidy from the NSW Government.
A mobile child protection unit being trialled in Western NSW has improved the safety of children in remote communities.
Southern Sydney is set to get a new lease on life with a big increase in new social and affordable housing, mixed with private housing, under a plan for Riverwood being delivered by the NSW Government.
Communities in Sydney’s west have been the big winners from the sale of Millers Point properties, with reinvestment figures reaching $218 million to date.
In recognition of the pain, resilience and courage of survivors of abuse at Parramatta Girls’ Home, leading artists are being asked to submit design concepts for a truly reflective memorial.
In a new approach created by child protection workers on the Central Coast, children and families at risk will be identified earlier and better supported through the opening of NSW’s first family-focused response centre.
Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard today warned shyster training colleges to stop ripping off vulnerable children in foster care or who have just exited foster care.
Frontline Family & Community Services staff have been recognised overnight for their work in assisting some of our most vulnerable members of our community.
The Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard announced today the successful sale of land to fund the construction of new social housing at Cowper Street, Glebe.
Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons today announced 256 new Family and Community Services (FACS) jobs will move into Liverpool from 2017 under the Government’s Decade of Decentralisation strategy.
More than 9,600 vulnerable households in NSW were assisted into homes in social housing last financial year, Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard said today.
New reforms to cut red tape and help children and young people in out of home care find a forever family were launched today by NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard.
Millers Point heritage social housing sales will raise more than $100 million by the end of the year with the proceeds directly funding hundreds of new homes to help vulnerable people waiting for social housing, Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard said today.
Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard today called for interest in delivering the new generation of world class social, affordable and private housing in NSW.
Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Brad Hazzard has welcomed new laws to help protect social housing tenants by evicting people who commit serious crimes from NSW Government social housing properties.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes, Social Housing Minister Brad Hazzard and Innovation Minister and Member for Ryde Victor Dominello today announced an exciting new plan to create a vibrant and dynamic community precinct in the surrounds of Macquarie University Station.
People convicted and imprisoned for murder, the indecent or sexual assault of a child, child pornography, or incest with a child victim will never be able to appeal to overturn a ban on them working with children.
The contribution of thousands of foster carers will be recognised today at a Picnic Day which kicks off a week of events marking Foster Care Week.
Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard and Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli announced the new payment - the Post Care Education Support Allowance – as part of Foster Care Week, which began on Sunday.
An international, innovative child-safety program is being piloted in NSW in an Australian first, Minister for Family and Community Services (FACS), Brad Hazzard announced today as part of National Child Protection Week.
The Auditor-General has found that the Government’s initiative to transfer statutory out of home care services to the non-government sector is on track to meet its targeted deadline.
A new initiative between the NSW Government and the City of Sydney will help Sydney’s homeless people in severe weather emergencies with beds, food and shelter.
Social housing for seniors in Western Sydney is getting a boost with 27 new homes in Smithfield and 15 new homes in Penrith, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Housing Tanya Davies announced today.
Old social housing properties at Bonnyrigg have been bulldozed to make way for new social and private housing in Western Sydney, said the Minister for Social Housing, Brad Hazzard.
Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard, today announced the appointment of five new Board members to the Aboriginal Housing Office, and welcomed new Chair, Mrs Leah Armstrong.
Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard and NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian today said the NSW Government will boost funding for Out Of Home Care (OOHC) by $200 million over four years in the NSW Budget.
A social housing estate in inner city Glebe is being transformed into a vibrant, modern housing development with nearly 500 new dwellings for social and affordable housing and the private market, Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Brad Hazzard announced today.
Security at Redfern’s public housing complexes will be significantly improved thanks to new 24/7 building-security and front-desk services, Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Brad Hazzard announced today.
A state-of-the-art One Place Service Centre in Coniston was officially opened today by Brad Hazzard, Minister for Family and Community Services (FACS) and Social Housing and FACS Secretary, Michael Coutts-Trotter.
The future of social and affordable housing in NSW will be the hot topic today when leaders from business and the community come together to attack the barriers to more housing for those in need.
Social and affordable housing will be given high priority under the NSW Government with a forum to source innovative delivery methods to be held on May 25, Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard announced today.
More social and affordable housing and new private housing is on the way with the proposed redevelopment of a Land and Housing Corporation site in Arncliffe.
Vulnerable children in Out Of Home Care are a step closer to finding a stable family for life with adoption legislation coming into operation in NSW.
The first large-scale study into the outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care in Australia has delivered its first wave of findings, Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard announced today.
Young people who have first-hand experience of the out of home care system took centre stage at the NSW Government’s forum on out of home care held in Sydney yesterday.
The NSW Government has continued a successful new initiative, opening a pop-up housing office in Parramatta to help people sleeping rough or living in a shelter.
A new campaign has been launched aimed at boosting the employment of people with disability.
To mark the start of National Carers Week 2016, Minister for Ageing and Disability Services today awarded Ms Sadie Arida the NSW Carer of the Year Award for caring for her younger sister who has a rare genetic disorder.
NSW seniors are being offered an exclusive new deal on mobile phone plans as well as new in-store workshops to help people use the latest technology as part of a new partnership between Vodafone and Seniors Card NSW.
Minister responsible for youth John Ajaka today announced more than $1.1 million in funding for 28 innovative grassroots projects that will help young people realise their full potential.
To mark the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, Minister for Ageing John Ajaka has launched the NSW Government’s whole-of-government, whole-of-community plan to help older people in NSW live longer and better lives.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced $1.5 million in funding to help Aboriginal disability service providers transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Close to 10,000 free or low-cost training places to help older people become tech savvy are now available, Minister for Ageing John Ajaka announced today.
Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced funding is available for projects which celebrate cultural diversity and help bring the community together.
Nominations are now open for the inaugural NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing’s (MACA) Media Awards, which celebrate and recognise excellence in reporting on ageing.
The NSW Government has launched the first-ever strategic plan which will help ensure children and young people in NSW have opportunities to thrive, get the services they need and have their voice heard.
Older people living in social housing will benefit from a $30 million investment boost funded by the sales proceeds from Millers Point
More than 130 disability service providers in regional and remote NSW will benefit from a $4 million funding boost to help them get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka announced today.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today joined children with disability and their families at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) in Western Sydney to mark the official start of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW.
Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today called on the NSW community to be more aware of elder abuse, and to report and stop it.
Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced that nominations for the 2016 NSW Carers Awards are open.
Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced the successful recipients of the NSW Government’s highly successful Community in Partnership, Taking Action, or COMPACT, Grants Program designed to better engage young people and safeguard our community.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today launched ‘Who Cares?’ – an app that provides support for young carers whilst speaking at the Carer Day Conference at Western Sydney University.
The Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victorian governments today signed the first agreements for the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today celebrated the achievements of employees with disability at Disability Services Australia’s (DSA) Employment Achievement Awards in Bankstown.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today launched a new Cultural Diversity Competency Framework and web portal while opening the Cultural Competency in Disability Conference in North Parramatta.
The Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today called for nominations for the 2015 NSW Human Rights Award, as a tribute to an individual who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the advancement of human rights.
Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced that the 2016 NSW Seniors Week grants program had opened.
Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today visited WEAVE Youth and Community Services to announce the next round of funding for the Youth Opportunities Program.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced that nominations are open for the 2015 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards.
Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced a new partnership with AGL Energy (AGL) that will allow NSW Seniors Card holders to access discounted energy plans.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today launched the Baird Government’s NSW Disability Inclusion Plan – a huge step forward in the inclusion of people with disability in the community – whilst speaking at the launch of the Sydney Opera House’s 2015 Access Program.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka will today launch the annual Australia Day wheelchair race at The Rocks in Sydney.
Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today congratulated renowned NSW author Jackie French for being named Senior Australian of the Year 2015.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) have opened to organisations to acquire the Home Care Service of NSW (Home Care).
NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced the 2015 Premier’s Seniors Week Gala Concerts will be held on 17 and 18 March at Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly known as the Sydney Entertainment Centre), with the tickets being offered free of charge to NSW seniors.
Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today urged Seniors Card members to check out the new Discount Directory and encouraged any eligible seniors who have not yet applied for a Seniors Card to get one and start enjoying the benefits.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced the commencement of the new legislation at Parliament House that will protect people with disability during and following transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and enshrine their rights and inclusion within the community.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today welcomed the 2014 Don't DIS my ABILITY month long campaign, encouraging communities, workplaces, schools and individuals to think and act inclusively.
Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced the next phase in NSW’s implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today urged organisations, councils and community groups to apply for the $200,000 2015 NSW Seniors Week grants program, with just over three weeks left before applications close on 19 September.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced eleven new organisations and partnerships that will help deliver the Ability Links NSW Aboriginal program throughout NSW.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today proudly announced that NSW Parliament has passed new legislation that will have a positive and significant impact on the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.
Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield and NSW Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka mark the 2,000th participant signing up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme trial site in the Hunter.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka was joined today by Member for Newcastle Tim Owen to open the new dedicated art room in ConnectAbility Australia’s Hamilton premise.
Minister for Ageing John Ajaka is encouraging NSW Senior Card holders to take part in an online survey aimed to determine their preparedness in planning for their future.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka and Member for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli today announced a $174,000 funding boost for Muscular Dystrophy NSW to fund 'Working Wheels' program.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka and Member for Hornsby Matt Kean today turned the first sod on the building site of a new group home for people with disability in Hornsby.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today introduced the landmark Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 into the Legislative Council, which will improve the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced building work has started on a new group home for people with disability in Earlwood.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka announced Associate Professor Leanne Dowse as the newly appointed Chair in Intellectual Disability and Behaviour Support at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Minister for Ageing John Ajaka, Member for Rockdale John Flowers and Telstra General Manager Digital Inclusion Nancie-Lee Robinson will today present the grand final prize for the Show Through My Eyes photo competition.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced nominations had opened for the 2014 NSW Carers Awards and encouraged the community to nominate someone they know.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka announced the three successful partnership applicants for the Ability Links disability community program.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today joined Federal Member for Calare, the Hon John Cobb MP, and Member for Orange Andrew Gee to officially open the new Wangarang Industries building in Orange.
New data released today shows close to 4,000 more children at risk of significant harm have received a face-to-face assessment from a Family and Community Services frontline caseworker in 2015-16 compared to the previous year.
Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today used International Day of Older Persons to encourage older men to get active, launching Real Men Move, a three-year initiative aimed at getting men over 40 off the couch.
People sleeping rough on Sydney streets will have a safe place to shower and change with the launch of a unique mobile shower service fitted out in a former bus.