News

Linking people to their future

19 Jan 2017:

More than 43,500 people in New South Wales have benefited significantly from Ability Links, a ground-breaking State Government program connecting people with disability to their local communities.

Scholarships ease cost for struggling kids

18 Jan 2017:

More students from disadvantaged families will have the chance to pursue higher education with the NSW Government’s expansion of a successful scholarship scheme.

Redesigned Care Plan to reinforce importance of cultural identity and connection to family

22 Dec 2016:

FACS caseworkers will be required to use a redesigned Care Plan for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse children and young people in care when seeking orders from the Children’s Court from 9 January 2017.

NSW to review cases of Aboriginal kids in care

19 Dec 2016:

Every Aboriginal child taken into Out Of Home Care during the past year will have their case investigated under a landmark review set up by the NSW Government.

New Patchwork NSW video

15 Dec 2016:

See how Patchwork NSW has helped the Redfern community in a heart-warming video about Redlink.

New Social Housing for vulnerable older women

15 Dec 2016:

The NSW Government has commenced construction on a $7.4 million social housing complex for single older women in Woolloomooloo in inner Sydney.

Simply the Best Customer Service Awards winners announced

12 Dec 2016:

Congratulations to the following FACS employees and teams on being announced winners at our annual customer service awards.

Note for journalists

12 Dec 2016: Department of Family and Community Services, FACS, Minister Brad Hazzard, Minister John Ajaka, Secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter, Community Services, ADHC, Ageing Disability and Home Care, FACS Housing, Aboriginal Housing Office, Land and Housing Corporation,

150 community projects funded - and more funding on the way

12 Dec 2016:

New parks, children’s play equipment and outdoor exercise equipment are among more than 150 projects funded by the State Government’s $20 million three-year commitment to build or improve local communities.

'Caring for kids' is now online

6 Dec 2016:

A great resource for foster and kinship carers is now available online. Caring for kids: a guide for foster, relative and kinship carers can now be accessed on the ChildStory Caring Community website.

FACS achieves full Out-of-Home-Care accreditation

1 Dec 2016:

NSW has become the first State in Australian history to gain accreditation for its government-run child protection service.

30 per cent boost to Arncliffe Social Housing

28 Nov 2016:

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.

Frontline workers seeing more kids

25 Nov 2016:

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.

Goals for care leavers in Western Sydney

23 Nov 2016:

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.

New affordable housing for 65 families

22 Nov 2016:

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.

Get involved with this year’s Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign

21 Nov 2016:

The campaign has launched with the I Can, I Am theme focussing on recognising people with disability who have overcome barriers to reach meaningful jobs.

New campaign to boost employment of people with disability

21 Nov 2016:

A new campaign has been launched aimed at boosting the employment of people with disability.

The Guiding Principles Yarning Circle to serve as State-wide Advisory Group

18 Nov 2016:

The Guiding Principles Yarning Circle (GPYC) will serve as the state-wide Advisory Group to oversee the implementation of the Guiding Principles across the state.

Funds make sweet music for the Central Coast

18 Nov 2016:

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).

Kids in care at centre of reform

17 Nov 2016:

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.