Media releases

Department of Family and Community Services

Caseworker vacancy rate remains stable in June 2016 Quarter 26 August 2016 -

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).

Housing office comes to those in need 26 July 2016 -

Family and Community Services has continued the rollout of the successful pop-up housing office program, this time held at Central Station.

Energy reduction for Dubbo's Aboriginal housing tenants 24 June 2016 - Dubbo’s Aboriginal social housing tenants are on the road to receiving roof-top solar systems and energy saving programs, designed to slash their energy bills.
Caseworker vacancy drops to lowest ever rate in March 2016 quarter 27 May 2016 - The state-wide caseworker vacancy rate has dropped to a new low of 3 per cent in the March 2016 quarter, data released today by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has revealed.
Caseworker vacancy rate remains steady for December 2015 quarter 26 February 2016 - The state-wide caseworker vacancy rate has remained stable at six per cent for the December 2015 quarter, new data released today by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has revealed.
Modest increase in vacancy rate, more children seen 28 November 2015 - The state-wide caseworker vacancy rate has increased marginally on the record lows recorded in 2014-15 in new data released today by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), up from five to six per cent for the September 2015 quarter.
Submissions open for NSW Out of Home Care Report 12 November 2015 - In an Australian first, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has today released the NSW statutory out‐of‐home care: Quality Assurance Framework for public consultation.  
Helping homeless youth and women and children escape family and domestic violence 19 October 2015 - An additional $60 million will flow to homeless services in New South Wales, with a strong focus on homeless young people and the victims of domestic violence.
Caseworker vacancy rate remains steady in June 2015 qtr 31 August 2015 - The statewide caseworker vacancy rate remained unchanged at five per cent for the June 2015 quarter in new data released today by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
NSW Disability Services sector ahead on journey to reform 27 August 2015 - A new independent review of the Industry Development Fund (IDF) initiatives has found that it plays an important role in supporting the disability services sector, particularly ahead of the transition to the National Disability Scheme (NDIS).
Public comment sought on draft Adoption Regulation 2015 2 June 2015 - A draft Regulation to support the operation of the Adoption Act 2000 (NSW) has been released by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) today for public consultation.
Caseworker vacancy rate remains stable in March 2015 qtr 29 May 2015 - The state-wide caseworker vacancy rate remained unchanged at five per cent for the March 2015 quarter in new data released today by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
Small rise in Caseworker vacancy rate in December qtr 2014 27 February 2015 -

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.

Caseworker vacancy rates continue to improve 28 November 2014 - A regular report on child protection caseworkers published today by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services shows the statewide caseworker vacancy rate had declined for the fifth consecutive quarter said FACS Secretary, Michael Coutts-Trotter.
New social housing data released 23 October 2014 -

The latest update of Expected Waiting Times for Social Housing in NSW has been released, showing a growing demand for properties across NSW.

Public comment sought on draft regulation for Disability Inclusion Act 14 October 2014 -

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.

Fourth Caseworker vacancy improvement in a row 29 August 2014 - Caseworker vacancy rates have fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter, the Secretary of the Department of Family and Community Services, Michael Coutts-Trotter, announced today.
Caseworker Vacancy Improvement 30 May 2014 - Caseworker vacancy rates have fallen for the third consecutive quarter, the Secretary of the Department of Family and Community Services, Michael Coutts-Trotter, announced.
Delivering the NDIS to more than half of eligible Australians 16 September 2015 -

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).

Active support, active living for people with disability 17 November 2015 -

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.

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NSW residential care gets multi million dollar overhaul 22 September 2016 -

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.

Picnic heralds calls for more foster carers 11 September 2016 -

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.

Get involved with preventing homelessness 7 September 2016 -

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.

Domestic violence: Permanent improvement to temporary accomodation 23 August 2016 -

Family and Community Services is inspecting temporary accommodation to ensure that women escaping domestic violence are housed in safe facilities.

Earlier intervention set for major reform 15 August 2016 -

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.

Cross border checks protect more children 14 August 2016 -

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.

Helping families stay together through social impact investment 14 August 2016 -

More than 170 vulnerable families have received support to reunite or stay safely together, thanks to Australia’s first Social Benefit Bond.

NSW government helping more young people with a better start to life 1 August 2016 -

Vulnerable young people facing homelessness will be assisted with the expansion of the Youth Private Rental Subsidy from the NSW Government.

Kids protection unit gets strong results 7 July 2016 -

A mobile child protection unit being trialled in Western NSW has improved the safety of children in remote communities.

$3.4 billion Riverwood renewal 6 July 2016 -

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.

Open adoption research legislation introduced to Parliament 24 June 2016 - A safe home and a forever family is now one step closer for children currently in the Out Of Home Care system.
$100 million for housing program for domestic violence victims 21 June 2016 - The NSW Government is investing record funding in the 2016-17 Budget in stable and safe housing for families leaving domestic violence, more than doubling its current funding for the Start Safely private rental subsidy program.
Reforms key to record $6.3 billion FACS budget 21 June 2016 - Record funding in the 2016-17 NSW Budget will support major reforms in child protection, out of home care (OOHC) and social housing while delivering better outcomes for the most vulnerable members of our community.
NSW budget - more support to drive down youth homelessness 19 June 2016 - Vulnerable young adults leaving out-of-home care (OOHC) will be helped into stable housing and receive education, training and jobs support under a major Budget funding boost aimed at preventing youth homelessness.
NSW budget - reforms for kids needing care 18 June 2016 - The 2016-17 Budget will fund major reform of the child protection and Out Of Home Care (OOHC) systems to give more children safe homes for life and contribute to stemming the unsustainable numbers of children being taken into and remaining in statutory care.
NSW budget: help for vulnerable veterans 9 June 2016 - Vulnerable war veterans will be better protected from the risk of homelessness with the NSW Government’s Budget commitment to a new $1 million rental subsidy to assist them in the private rental market.
NSW budget: Aboriginal service funding 27 May 2016 - The NSW Government has announced today Budget funding to ensure the future of Aboriginal Child and Family Centres (ACFCs) across NSW which provide essential and accessible services to Aboriginal people.
Millers Point sales fund building boom in west 9 May 2016 -

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.

Strong interest in $1.1 billion social and affordable housing boost 2 May 2016 - The NSW Government has announced that nine parties have been shortlisted to develop proposals to tap into the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), which will deliver an additional 3,000 social and affordable homes in its first phase and slash waiting lists for vulnerable families.
Funding boost helps keep street kids safe 29 April 2016 - Homeless children and young people will have access to shelter any hour of the day or night thanks to a $23 million funding boost to youth crisis refuges.
Couch surfing kids find a place to call home 26 April 2016 - Homeless youth in Sydney’s West will benefit from the purchase of a $2.5 million unit block by the NSW Government to be used as affordable and transitional housing.
Connecting the vulnerable to justice 26 April 2016 - Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard today announced $825,000 funding for a service which provides free legal help to not-for-profit organisations to allow them to better serve our most vulnerable.
More than $560,000 for domestic violence survivors across Coffs Harbour 15 April 2016 - Women and children experiencing domestic violence across the Coffs Harbour region will be supported by an additional $565,000 funding package announced today.
More funding for domestic violence survivors 15 April 2016 - Women and children experiencing domestic violence across Port Macquarie and Kempsey will be supported with round-the-clock assistance, extra accommodation and support with an additional $660,000 funding package announced today.
Communities help fund $7.6 million makeover for social housing 12 April 2016 -
Community gardens, a men’s shed, local park makeovers and outdoor exercise facilities are among more than 120 projects across the state being funded to improve the amenity and integration of social housing areas with their wider community. 
Rent reform to stop homelessness "churn" 31 March 2016 - The NSW Government is taking a tough stance on the “churn’’ of people from social housing to homelessness and is driving reform for an automatic rent deduction scheme from Centrelink payments.
Scholarships for disadvantaged youth 30 March 2016 - More than 260 secondary students across NSW have received a significant financial boost to their studies in 2016 under the latest round of the Family and Community Services Youth Scholarship Program.
Homes for young homeless 24 March 2016 - The NSW Government is taking steps to reduce youth homelessness by trialling a new inner city private rental subsidy to assist young people into secure rental accommodation, education, training and jobs.
Leading artists asked to submit memorial designs 17 March 2016 -

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.

New institute puts focus on adoption 16 March 2016 - Adoption has taken a significant step forward with the NSW Government announcing today the University of Sydney has won the tender to establish the Institute of Open Adoption Studies, a research body that will advance adoption in NSW.
Disadvantaged kids leap at education program 29 February 2016 - Community, local business and Government have partnered in a unique program in Sydney to give educational and job support to disadvantaged teens working towards their Higher School Certificate this year.
Claymore renewal breaks cycle of disadvantage 23 February 2016 - The NSW Government is putting its plans to transform Sydney’s most disadvantaged suburb into action with the release of private housing lots to renew the Claymore social housing estate.
New life for Telopea: plan for new mixed community in 2.5 billion project 23 February 2016 - One of Sydney’s most run down housing estates, Telopea, is set to be given a new lease of life through a new master plan to redevelop the area, Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Brad Hazzard announced today.
Fee-free training for young people in care 15 February 2016 - The NSW Government is extending fee-free scholarships under its Smart and Skilled initiative to young people aged 15-30 years of age who are in, or who have left Out Of Home Care (OOHC) to help them get the skills they need to secure a career.
Funding announced for three crisis accommodation properties in Orange 12 February 2016 - Women and children experiencing domestic violence in Orange will be supported with extra crisis accommodation and support under a $465,000 funding package announced today.
Contract extensions welcomed by OOHC sector 10 February 2016 - Out of-home-care service providers will benefit from a $390 million extension of existing OOHC contracts, providing certainty for the sector well into 2017.
New approach for at risk families 10 February 2016 -

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.

Open adoption roadshow across NSW 10 February 2016 - Frontline child protection caseworkers and managers will be workshopping how best to help children into safe and permanent families through Open Adoption in a roadshow across the state.
Billion dollar social and affordable housing fund to deliver better outcomes 8 February 2016 - The NSW Government has officially launched its social housing fund, which in its first phase will deliver an additional 3,000 social and affordable homes and slash waiting lists for vulnerable families.
New era of social housing 24 January 2016 - NSW is embarking on a new era of social housing with a large scale building program which will generate $22 billion in construction activity in NSW and produce better social outcomes for the community.
Milestone reached as first 100 homes from Millers Point sales completed 20 January 2016 - Sales of heritage housing in Millers Point has delivered the first 100 new social housing homes, helping people off the waiting list said Parliamentary Secretary Tanya Davies.
Domestic violence victims benefit from upgraded social housing in Sydney's west 19 January 2016 - Women and children escaping domestic and family violence will benefit from an upgrade of more than a dozen social housing properties in Western Sydney.
Out of home care children targeted by callous colleges out to make a quick buck 24 December 2015 -

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.

$233 million to support vulnerable families 18 December 2015 - Targeted earlier intervention and intensive programs for more than 130,000 children, families and communities will have their funding extended for one year, Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard announced today.
Exciting era for Waterloo social housing 16 December 2015 - The ageing Waterloo social housing estate will be redeveloped into a world-class vibrant community with more social, affordable and private housing, following the NSW Government’s announcement of the new Waterloo Metro Station.
$6 million government funding to help charity feed more needy people 16 December 2015 - Environment Minister Mark Speakman and Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard have welcomed the opening of a new food distribution centre that helps feed needy and hungry people across NSW and the ACT.
FACS Staff - Simply the Best 15 December 2015 -

Frontline Family & Community Services staff have been recognised overnight for their work in assisting some of our most vulnerable members of our community.

Funding certainty for homeless youth 10 December 2015 - Front line services which assist children and young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have their funding extended to ensure continuity of service, Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard announced today.
Cowper Street Glebe Project a step closer 9 December 2015 -

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.

New jobs to bolster Liverpool economy 7 December 2015 -

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.

Helping women get back on track after prison 2 December 2015 - Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard today announced $250,000 funding for a program which helps women who have been in prison get their lives back on track.
$20 million to turn housing into homes for local communities 23 November 2015 - If you’re in a community group, local council or charity across NSW there’s a potential $50,000 opportunity that the NSW Government is making available for you if you can create stronger social housing communities, Minister for Social Housing, Brad Hazzard announced today.
Helping hand for households in need 19 November 2015 -

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.

Government continues transparency around child deaths 19 November 2015 - The Child Deaths 2014 Annual Report - which reviews the deaths of children and young people who were known to the NSW child protection system - was published today.
Contract Certainty for Homelessness Sector 16 November 2015 - Homelessness services across NSW can plan well into the future to deliver expert support services to vulnerable women, men and young people following the Government’s decision to renew service contracts through to 2020.
Helping foster kids find a family for life 16 November 2015 -

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.

$100 million for new social housing in NSW 15 November 2015 -

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.

New Era for Bringa Women's Refuge 6 November 2015 - The only women’s refuge on Sydney’s Northern Beaches has been given new life with improved facilities and a new wing named after local anti domestic violence hero Barbara Kilpatrick.
Clean clothes - help for homeless 6 November 2015 - Clean clothes are coming to people who are homeless in Sydney through a new mobile laundry service launched by the NSW Government.
Opening the door to open adoption 26 October 2015 - Finding a safe and stable home for children and young people in out-of-home care led the agenda at a forum attended by over 150 people in Sydney today.
Communities Plus boosts social and affordable housing 22 October 2015 -

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.

New Laws Crack Down on Criminal and Antisocial Behaviour in Social Housing 15 October 2015 -

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.

Funding boost for domestic violence crisis services 14 October 2015 - Crisis accommodation services that help victims escape domestic and family violence will be given a boost of $20 million, Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward announced today.
A vibrant new community near Macquarie Uni 24 September 2015 -

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.

Children better protected under new laws 17 September 2015 -

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.

New women's refuge in western Sydney 16 September 2015 - A new women’s refuge has opened in Sydney’s west, providing a safe haven and support for women escaping domestic and family violence, Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing, Brad Hazzard announced today.
Foster care week celebrations kick off with picnic 14 September 2015 -

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.

Making the grade: New educational support helps teens stick with studies 14 September 2015 -

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.

Eastern suburbs women's refuge - ship shape and fully operational 8 September 2015 - Women and children escaping domestic violence and homelessness are finding welcome support in the newly renovated Killara women’s refuge, Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Brad Hazzard said.
NSW Government pilots Australian first child-safety program 7 September 2015 -

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.

Positive report card for out-of-home care transition 2 September 2015 -

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.

Updated estate creates new communities 1 September 2015 - A social housing suburb which ranked among the worst for disadvantage and unemployment has been transformed under a NSW Government policy to bulldoze failed social housing estates and create new mixed communities, Minister for Social Housing, Brad Hazzard said today.
Australia's first Social Benefit Bond continues to deliver for families 24 August 2015 - Australia’s first Social Benefit Bond is continuing to support vulnerable families in its second year of operation while delivering strong returns to investors.
Community call to take part in establishing Institute of Open Adoption 13 August 2015 - The establishment of the country’s first publically funded Institute of Open Adoption has taken a leap forward with the NSW Government calling for organisations to register their interest in tendering to establish and run the institute.
Weather emergency action plan for homeless 7 August 2015 -

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.

New law targets anti-social behaviour 5 August 2015 - Social housing will be safer thanks to legislation that makes it easier to evict anti-social tenants who commit serious crimes, said Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing, Brad Hazzard.
One night, one site – How we helped 5% of city's rough sleepers find beds 5 August 2015 -
Last night the NSW Government trialled a new initiative, opening a pop-up housing office in Woolloomooloo to offer help to people sleeping rough or living in a shelter.
New era in Redfern towers 29 July 2015 - A unique outreach centre in the heart of the Redfern social housing estate starts operations today to improve the health and wellbeing of residents, said the Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing, Brad Hazzard.
$13 Million boost for seniors housing in Western Sydney 27 July 2015 -

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.

Architects of change for social housing 8 July 2015 - An inaugural advisory committee to help tackle one of the biggest challenges in NSW – reform of the social housing system – has been established by the Minister for Social Housing, Brad Hazzard.
Celebrating one year of Link2home success 1 July 2015 - The NSW Government’s statewide 24/7 homelessness service – Link2home – is celebrating one year of helping people facing housing crisis to find suitable accommodation and support, Minister for Family and Community Services (FACS) Brad Hazzard said today.
Simply the best: Excellence in social housing 26 June 2015 - The community housing provider behind thousands of affordable, social and emergency housing in Western Sydney, Evolve Housing, has been recognised as an industry leader through receiving the Excellence in Social Housing award, said Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing, Brad Hazzard.
Tougher laws to protect children 25 June 2015 - The NSW Government is taking action to protect children by introducing tougher laws around Working With Children Checks (WWCC) to the Parliament, Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard announced today.
NSW budget provides almost $1billion for social housing and homelessness services 23 June 2015 - Social housing and homelessness services across NSW will have nearly $1billion spent on them this coming year, Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard said today.
New Aboriginal Housing Office Board 18 June 2015 -

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.

Funding Boost for Kids in Care 18 June 2015 -

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.

New Housing for Bonnyrigg 18 June 2015 -

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.

New Housing Boost for Inner City 15 June 2015 -

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.

Safer and Stronger Social Housing 13 June 2015 -

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.

Inaugural one place service centre opened in Coniston 11 June 2015 -

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.

Social housing for NSW: Forum 25 May 2015 -

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.

Cooperation delivers new housing 7 May 2015 - An innovative funding agreement between the NSW Government and the community housing provider, Common Equity NSW, will assist in relocating a housing co-operative operating in Millers Point and deliver more social and affordable housing across Sydney, Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard said today.
Forum to boost social & affordable housing 5 May 2015 -

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.

FACS helps community weather storm 22 April 2015 - Family and Community Services staff are assisting the community in the extreme weather conditions, opening evacuation centres in storm-affected areas and providing extra assistance to the homeless and rough sleepers, Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard said.
New housing builds on Millers Point sales 17 April 2015 - The first batch of homes built from the proceeds of Millers Point social housing sales have been announced by Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard.
Mental illness tipping point into Youth Homelessness 15 April 2015 - The NSW Government has committed an unprecedented half a billion dollars over three years to make headway with homelessness, NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard said.
Help change a life this National Youth Week 14 April 2015 - Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard, has called on the community to open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children and young people as part of National Youth Week.
Foster kids front and centre at forum 20 October 2015 -

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.

First large-scale study into kids in care 24 September 2015 -

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.

Pop-up housing for rough sleepers 21 September 2015 -

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.

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$1.5 million funding boost to help Aboriginal service providers and people get NDIS-Ready 19 September 2016 -

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).

Helping more seniors become tech savvy 22 August 2016 -

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.

More funding to unite and celebrate our community 5 August 2016 -

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced funding is available for projects which celebrate cultural diversity and help bring the community together.

Nominations open for inaugural ageing media awards 5 August 2016 -

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.

New plan for children & young people in NSW 26 July 2016 -

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.

Millers Point sales funds new homes for older people 22 July 2016 -

Older people living in social housing will benefit from a $30 million investment boost funded by the sales proceeds from Millers Point

Funding boost to help regional NSW get NDIS-READY 19 July 2016 -

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.

NSW ready to begin transition to NDIS 30 June 2016 -

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.

Better quality of life for seniors, people with disability 21 June 2016 - The 2016-17 NSW Budget provides more support for people with disability, eases seniors' cost of living pressures and helps make our community more inclusive, Minister for Ageing, Disability Services and Multiculturalism John Ajaka announced.
NSW budget - more benefits for seniors 18 June 2016 - The 2016-17 NSW Budget will help ease seniors’ cost of living pressures, address elder abuse and support older people to become tech-savvy, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka announced.
Call to end elder abuse 15 June 2016 -

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today called on the NSW community to be more aware of elder abuse, and to report and stop it.

NDIS one month away 1 June 2016 - In just over one month people with disability in NSW will be able to access the life-changing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will give them choice and control over the supports they need to participate fully in the community and economy.
Nominate a carer you know today 27 May 2016 -

Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced that nominations for the 2016 NSW Carers Awards are open.

More funding to help people get NDIS ready 24 May 2016 - The NSW Government is investing an additional $3 million to help people with disability and their families get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka announced today.
More power to our seniors 23 May 2016 - NSW Seniors Card holders will now have greater access to 100% carbon neutral power thanks to a new deal with energy company, Powershop.
$2 million funding boost to support volunteers 23 May 2016 - More than $2 million will be invested on innovative initiatives to better recruit, support and recognise volunteers in NSW, Minister responsible for volunteering John Ajaka announced today.
Bright ideas for accessible tourism 11 May 2016 - Minister for Disability Services and Ageing John Ajaka today welcomed people with disability and representatives from government, business, academia and the non-government organisations to a forum focused on making tourism more accessible in NSW.
NSW Government welcomes Disability and Age Discrimination Commissioners 5 May 2016 - Minister for Disability Services and Ageing John Ajaka today welcomed the Turnbull Government’s appointment of a full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner and a new Age Discrimination Commissioner.
Carer skills can help you get a job 29 April 2016 - Assistant Minister for Disability Services the Hon Jane Prentice MP and NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services the Hon John Ajaka today launched the SkillsLink2Work website and toolkit.
NSW takes next bold step on the NDIS 28 April 2016 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced that the NSW Government would soon take the next major step in its delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW, with an Expression of Interest (EOI) opening in mid-May 2016 for all government operated disability services.
Seizing the opportunities of an ageing population 15 April 2016 - The brightest minds from government, academia, business and the non-government sector have come together to discuss how NSW can seize the opportunities being created by an ageing population at a roundtable held at the Museum of Contemporary Art today.
GoGet launches carshare vehicle for people with disability in world first 12 April 2016 - GoGet carshare is planning to revolutionise transport for people with disability with the launch of the world’s first fully accessible carsharing vehicle with the support of leading disability non-government organisation, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA).
Young volunteers bring fresh ideas 6 April 2016 - Young people are being urged to roll up their sleeves and help make their communities stronger ahead of National Youth Week, John Ajaka, Minister responsible for youth and volunteering today announced.  
Uber goes grey in an Australian first 6 April 2016 - NSW seniors will have access to discounted rides thanks to an Australian first alliance between ride-sharing service Uber and the NSW Government, Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced. 
Senior Festival Expo back bigger & better 4 April 2016 - More than 35,000 people are expected attend this year’s free NSW Seniors Festival Expo which starts tomorrow at Allphones Arena.
NSW welcomes clarity on specialist disability housing 1 April 2016 - People with disability and service providers in NSW have been given much-needed clarity on the future of specialist disability housing, Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced.
NSW Senior Festival kicks off 1 April 2016 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced the start of the 2016 NSW Seniors Festival, which runs until 10 April.
Tech savvy seniors program hits the road 31 March 2016 - Aboriginal elders will have a chance to get tech savvy when the first-ever Tech Savvy Seniors Roadshow sets off on a tour of regional NSW, Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced.
More energy savings for seniors 27 March 2016 - NSW seniors are being offered more great discounts on their energy bills, following the renewal of the extremely popular AGL Energy’s (AGL) Seniors Energy Gas & Electricity Plans.
Funding doubled to safeguard our community 22 March 2016 -

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.

100 days to go until new era for disability services in NSW 22 March 2016 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today joined people with disability, families and carers to mark the 100-day countdown to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout across NSW, at Ability Options in Bella Vista, as well as to announce the opening of the $5 million Transition Assistance Program (TAP). 
NDIS to create jobs boom in New South Wales 14 March 2016 - The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) NSW Market Position Statement reveals a jobs and economic boom will be triggered across the state over the next three years.
Helping end elder abuse 2 March 2016 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced more money for the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit, which has already received more than 4,000 calls since it was created.
Reviewing laws to better recognise NSW carers 29 February 2016 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today encouraged people to have their say on laws created to better recognise and thank the more than 850,000 carers in NSW.
Free tickets to Premier's gala concerts 23 February 2016 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today reminded seniors that free tickets to the 2016 Premier’s Gala Concerts would be available from 9.00am this morning.
NSW celebrates International Day of People with Disability 3 December 2015 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka commemorated International Day of People with Disability by reminding the community of the importance of including people with disability in all aspects of everyday life, and took the opportunity to announce new appointments to the Disability Council of NSW.
Accessibility projects to make NSW beaches inclusive 27 November 2015 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced grant recipients for the Community Inclusion Grants Program that aims to create inclusive beach communities for people with disability.
NSW Government delivers for tech-savvy seniors 18 November 2015 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced a new telecommunications offer that will give NSW Seniors Card holders another incentive to get tech savvy.
Contribution of grandparents celebrated 26 October 2015 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today awarded the NSW Grandparent of the Year as part of Grandparents Day; a celebration of the contribution made by grandparents and older Australians to their families and communities.
Non-government sector to lead redevelopment 17 October 2015 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced that the NSW Government is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from non-government organisations to build and operate disability housing to replace the remaining large residential centres in the Hunter region.
Ajaka launches grants for more innovative communities 13 October 2015 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced the launch of a new grants program providing $4 million dollars over four years for innovative projects that support healthy ageing. 
NSW Carer of the Year announced 11 October 2015 - Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka today celebrated the start of National Carers Week by announcing that Mrs Sheila Openshaw will be awarded the NSW Carer of the Year Award for her dedication to care for her two sons, who both live with mental illness.
‘Who Cares?’ App for young carers 2 October 2015 -

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.

Delivering the NDIS to more than half of eligible Australians 16 September 2015 -

The Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victorian governments today signed the first agreements for the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Government expands tech savvy seniors 9 September 2015 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced the expansion of the Tech Savvy Seniors program to provide access to free or low cost technology training to seniors across the state.
$100m to be reinvested in Disability Services after NDIS milestone 28 August 2015 - The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone, with the NSW Government announcing the future operator for Home Care Service NSW.
Ajaka launches Play for Kids 24 August 2015 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today joined children with disability for fun and games to launch Lifestart’s Play for Kids event at Luna Park.
Employees with disability applauded 30 July 2015 -

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.

Ajaka launches cultural competency framework 29 July 2015 -

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.

Human rights champion sought 28 July 2015 -

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.

Seniors Week grants open 27 July 2015 -

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced that the 2016 NSW Seniors Week grants program had opened.

Commitment delivered for deaf children 24 July 2015 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today joined Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons to deliver on the NSW Government’s election commitment to provide $250,000 in additional funding to The Shepherd Centre.
NSW government seeks young advisors 22 July 2015 - Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka has called for nominations for the 2015 NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) whilst addressing the NGO and Civil Society Forum at Parliament House today.
Better outcomes for young people 21 July 2015 -

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today visited WEAVE Youth and Community Services to announce the next round of funding for the Youth Opportunities Program.

Consultation starts for NSW Government Community Harmony Programs 20 July 2015 - Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka has today called for community submissions to the NSW Government’s Countering Violent Extremism Early Intervention Program.
More tech savvy seniors 3 July 2015 - Minister for Ageing and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today presented graduation certificates to 30 participants of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Tech Savvy Seniors program in Cabramatta.
Teenagers with disability key focus of early NDIS transition in Nepean Blue Mountains 1 July 2015 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today joined Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Affairs Tanya Davies to visit six kids with disability who are participating in “Teen Time”, a rollerblading activity for children with disability in Mt Druitt.
NDIS early roll out kicks off 1 July 2015 - The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) achieved a significant milestone today, as the early rollout of the Scheme in NSW commences.
NSW budget delivers record funding for people with disability 23 June 2015 - Minister for Ageing, Disability Services and Multiculturalism John Ajaka today said the 2015-16 NSW Budget provides a record $3.3 billion for people with disability, including funding to ensure the smooth transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Ajaka calls for an end to elder abuse 15 June 2015 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka has used World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to call for a stop to the abuse of older people and encourage the wider community to treat older Australians with the respect and recognition they deserve.
Disability Industry Innovation Awards open 12 June 2015 -

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced that nominations are open for the 2015 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards.

Iconic image wins photo competition 29 May 2015 - An iconic image of children enjoying the classic family Easter Show ride, the Wave Singer has beaten over 460 entrants to win the second The Show Through My Eyes seniors photo competition.
Government delivers savings for seniors 26 May 2015 -

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.

Ministers sign agreement for early NDIS rollout 19 May 2015 - The Commonwealth and NSW Governments today signed an agreement to begin the early rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Nepean Blue Mountains area of Western Sydney.
Baird Government announces new era of inclusion for people with disability 27 February 2015 -

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.

Senior scooter safety workshops in Kiama 19 February 2015 - Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka, joined Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler to announce that Kiama seniors are now able to participate in a free mobility scooter safety workshop during NSW Seniors Week.
Affordable housing development for Illawarra 19 February 2015 - Minister for Disability Services and Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka today visited the site of a planned new affordable housing development for seniors and people with disability on Wattle Road in Shellharbour with Liberal candidate for Shellharbour Mark Jones.
First Carestars graduates celebrated 19 February 2015 - Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka and Liberal candidate for Shellharbour Mark Jones today lauded the inaugural graduates of the CareStars program.
NSW Government Arts and Disability Partnership extended 30 January 2015 - NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced an extension of the Arts and Disability partnership. 
NSW Government welcomes National Report on Community and Disability Services 28 January 2015 - Family and Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today welcomed the release of the latest Report on Government Services by the Productivity Commission and its inclusion of data around services for children, young people and families and people with disability.
Fully accessible East Dome opens at Sydney Observatory 27 January 2015 - Minister for Disability Services and Ageing John Ajaka today opened the newly renovated and fully accessible historic East Dome at Sydney Observatory.
Oz day wheelchair race promotes healthy living and sporting achievements 26 January 2015 -

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka will today launch the annual Australia Day wheelchair race at The Rocks in Sydney.

Minister for ageing congratulates senior Australian of the Year 26 January 2015 -

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today congratulated renowned NSW author Jackie French for being named Senior Australian of the Year 2015.

Expressions of Interest open for Home Care 13 January 2015 -

Expressions of Interest (EOI) have opened to organisations to acquire the Home Care Service of NSW (Home Care).

Free tickets for premier's seniors week gala concerts 8 January 2015 -

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.

2015 Seniors card discount directory released 8 December 2014 -

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.

New legislation to strengthen protections and inclusion for people with disability 3 December 2014 -

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.

Comedy cabaret to shake up disability views 18 November 2014 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced a stellar line-up of entertainers who will steal the spotlight on International Day of People with Disability on Wednesday 3 December as part of New South Wales’ month-long Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign.
Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign strives for inclusive communities 5 November 2014 -

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.

NSW Carer of the Year announced 17 October 2014 - Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka today proudly announced Anne Funke as the 2014 NSW Carer of the Year.
NSW Carer of the Year finalist from DAPTO 16 October 2014 - A 17 year old Dapto resident Mondelle Hogan was highly commended at the 2014 NSW Carer of the Year Awards held in Sydney.
International Day of Older Persons - a day to celebrate our valued citizens 1 October 2014 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka and Minister for Planning Pru Goward today recognised NSW elders on International Day of Older Persons and took the opportunity to celebrate the contribution of older Australians. 
NDIS enters next phase in NSW 22 September 2014 -

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).

People with disability to move closer to their families 4 September 2014 - Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka and Local Member for Menai Melanie Gibbons today visited a new group home in Liverpool, which is scheduled to open next month as part of replacing Metro Residences in Westmead and Rydalmere.
Nominations open for Grandparent of the Year 2 September 2014 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today encouraged everyone to show their appreciation for grandparents by nominating for this year’s NSW Grandparent of the Year Awards.
Minister encourages applications for Seniors Week grants 26 August 2014 -

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.

Disability Inclusion Legislation passed by NSW Parliament 14 August 2014 -

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.

New Ability Links to the Aboriginal community announced 14 August 2014 -

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 Ajaka launches NSW Carers Strategy 8 August 2014 - Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, the Hon. John Ajaka MLC, launched the NSW Carers Strategy at Parliament House in Sydney on 7 August 2014.
NSW government launches Carers Strategy 7 August 2014 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced the launch of the NSW Carers Strategy which is set to benefit more than 850,000 carers across the state.
New Resource to help children with disability transition to school 31 July 2014 - Minister for Disability Services and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee today launched an innovative new website to assist children with disability smoothly transition to school.
New South Western Sydney super centre for children with vision and hearing loss 25 July 2014 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today attended the launch of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Liverpool office.
NSW government supporting seniors programs in Kiama 22 July 2014 - Minister for Ageing John Ajaka and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today presented the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Kiama with a $5,000 cheque to support programs aimed at keeping senior citizens active into their later years.
Nominations for outstanding disability service providers closing soon 27 June 2014 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka reminded the community to nominate outstanding service providers for the NSW Disability Industry Innovations Awards before nominations close on 11 July.
Benson proves to be a homework hound and a positive role model at Lake Illawarra High 13 June 2014 - Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today met the only four legged staff member at Lake Illawarra High School – Benson a friendly Labrador who enrolled last year to support students with disability.
Illawarra Disability Alliance launched in preperation for NDIS 13 June 2014 - Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka today celebrated and welcomed the launch of the Illawarra Disability Alliance (IDA) and met with representatives from each of the organisations included in the Alliance.
NDIS signs up 2,000 people in NSW 6 June 2014 -

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.

Opening of new art room for Hamilton 6 June 2014 -

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.

Seniors urged to plan ahead 6 June 2014 -

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.

Work starts on Hornsby home for people with disability 30 May 2014 -

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.

Funding boost for 'Working Wheels' program 30 May 2014 -

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.

NSW Government introduces Disability Inclusion Bill 28 May 2014 -

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.

New University Chair for Intellectual Disability 26 May 2014 -

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).

Work starts on Earlwood home for people with disability 26 May 2014 -

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced building work has started on a new group home for people with disability in Earlwood.

Daredevil image wins Easter Show photo competition 22 May 2014 -

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.

NSW Carers Awards - Shining a spotlight on carers 21 May 2014 -

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.

New Ability Links partnerships announced 12 May 2014 -

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka announced the three successful partnership applicants for the Ability Links disability community program.

Wangarang Industries expansion officially opened 2 May 2014 -

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 disability service opening in Caringbah for young people with disability 1 May 2014 - Minister for Disability Services will today join local MPs, representatives from St George Community Housing (SGCH) and Sylvanvale to officially open an accommodation service in Caringbah for people with disability.
Funding to increase youth opportunities 7 December 2015 - Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced grants for 31 projects that aim to help young people reach their full potential through activities that benefit their community.
NSW Government delivers Christmas gift for Western Sydney seniors 9 December 2015 - Seniors in Western Sydney today enjoyed free Christmas concerts in Parramatta, starring a line-up of talent including country music star Melinda Schneider.

New resource to get men off the couch 1 October 2015 -

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.

Shower bus for homeless delivers more dignity 1 July 2016 -

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.

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