Family and Community Services’ 2015-16 Budget

Download the FACS 2015-16 stakeholder budget briefing document

Children young people and families

This year’s budget will continue to support our goal of providing vulnerable children and young people with long-term, stable environments that help keep them safe; whether that’s at home with their families, in out-of-home care or in an open adoption. FACS will invest $1.7 billion.

We will keep focusing on early intervention and providing the best support for at risk families.

Key investments include:

  • $60.4 million to continue the Safe Home for Life reforms to improve the effectiveness of the child protection system in NSW.
  • $50 million to support the transition of out-of-home care services to the non-government sector
  • $39.7 million (including $26.1 million capital) to design and replace technology for child protection workers
  • $11.6 million across the government to implement changes to child protection law.

Social housing

FACS is working towards building a social housing system that is sustainable, helps people live independently, breaks disadvantage and provides a safety net for those who need it. This year’s budget will commit $994 million for social housing assistance and homelessness services.

Key initiatives include:

  • $182 million for specialist homelessness services delivered by non-government organisations
  • $12.4 million to fund community housing property related costs
  • $6 million to deliver a Social Housing Community Improvement Fund
  • developing a new social housing framework.

Disability support

This year’s budget will commit $3.3 billion for disability services and ageing support to ensure people have choice and control over their supports and NSW is ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Key initiatives include:

  • $726 million to deliver the final year of Ready Together, and provide 47,200 places for people with disability
  • further roll out of the NDIS, including early transition of children and young people in Nepean and the Blue Mountains and the final year of the Hunter trial
  • $394.2 million to help people live more independently including redeveloping large residential centres in Stockton, Orange, Westmead and Rydalmere, and 14 non-government operated centres across the state
  • $291.6 million for the Community Care Supports program, including home-based assistance and support for younger people to continue living in their communities.