While we cannot comment on matters subject to the Coronial Inquest into the death of Braxton Slager, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has made a great many positive changes in the past few years.
The vacancy rate for caseworkers across NSW has dropped to five per cent as recruitment ramps up following a $63 million boost to increase caseworker numbers to protect the State’s most vulnerable children.
The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has revealed more children than ever before who are at risk of significant harm (ROSH) have received a face-to-face assessment from a FACS caseworker.
The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is partnering with TAFE NSW to develop and deliver a training program for frontline housing staff that will improve service delivery and customer satisfaction.
National Youth Week in NSW was today launched at the youth forum "Get involved, be heard, make a difference!"
Targeted recruitment programs have been put in place in a bid to attract extra caseworkers to the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
NSW has become the first State in Australian history to gain accreditation for its government-run child protection service.
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.
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.
The NSW Government is calling on organisations to apply for a share of $1.2 million in funding to help build or improve community facilities for social housing tenants and the wider community.
Every child deserves a safe, loving and secure home with National Adoption Awareness Week (Nov 12 to 18) promoting the benefits of permanency for all children, Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said today.
A discussion paper on the child protection system released today examines how adoptions and Children’s Court proceedings could be streamlined to ensure more children are quickly given permanency and a safe and loving home for life.
The right of victims to live safely in their home will be at the centre of new justice
reforms targeting domestic violence offenders.
The NSW Government has begun market engagement on the next stage of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), which will provide more housing for vulnerable people across the state, with coordinated access to tailored support.
Social housing tenants in NSW will be the beneficiaries of up to $1 billion in Commonwealth Rental Assistance over the next 20 years, following the transfer of 14,000 social housing properties to the Community Housing sector.
The community consultation process for the Waterloo masterplan is now underway, with residents encouraged to share their vision for their community.
Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts and Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward have today released a rezoning proposal that will transform Telopea with new homes and a vibrant town centre.
Those interested in being part of the second round of the NSW Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund have two weeks left to submit an Expression of Interest.
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward today announced the appointment of Professor Robynne Quiggin as Chair of the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) Board.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward will today convene the first meeting of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Corporate Leadership Group.
Catholic Care Broken Bay is the new Integrated Domestic and Family Violence service provider for the Central Coast, ensuring a vital support service will continue in the area, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Pru Goward and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch announced today.
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward today met with former residents of Parramatta Girls Home at Parliament House to unveil the memorial design that will commemorate survivors of abuse.
The NSW Government has launched the second phase of its Social and Affordable Housing Fund with an additional 1200 new houses to be delivered across NSW.
The NSW Government will use social impact investment to fund purpose-built supported housing, which will provide young people who have been in out-of-home care with access to accommodation, education, training and employment opportunities.
Australia’s first social impact investment has now been helping vulnerable families reunite or stay safely together for four years.
The NSW Government is greatly expanding the pilot of an innovative service to help Aboriginal defendants comply with an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO).
The NSW Government has announced the successful tenderer for Ivanhoe Estate, the biggest social and affordable housing renewal development in Australia and the first of five major sites delivered under the $22 billion Communities Plus program.
A private rental subsidy to support those escaping domestic and family violence has been expanded to now include those earning moderate incomes, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward announced today.
Young people at risk of homelessness in Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Southern NSW will have increased access to support services under an innovative rental assistance program designed to support young people into housing.
The NSW Government will urgently move to change laws to allow authorities to remove the Martin Place tent city following inaction by the City of Sydney, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.
The NSW Government is inviting non-government organisations to develop innovative temporary supported accommodation models for people in crisis or experiencing homelessness.
Religious leaders from across the state will today join Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward to discuss how they can work with their communities to tackle domestic and family violence.
The NSW Government is asking the public for their feedback on improving the efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault and sexual violence in NSW.
A record number of open adoptions from out-of-home care this year has seen 127 orders finalised before the NSW Supreme Court in 2016-17.
The NSW Government has unveiled the 500th home built from the proceeds of Millers Point social housing sales.
Vulnerable children and families, social housing tenants and people experiencing homelessness will benefit from a record investment in the 2017-18 Budget.
The NSW Government continues to lead the nation in specialist domestic and family violence initiatives with more than $350 million over four years to provide greater protection for women, children and men.
The NSW government has secured more than $3 million in additional annual rent income as a result of tenants coming forward to declare undisclosed income, assets, property ownership and unauthorised occupants under the protection of a seven-week amnesty.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward has today announced seven successful applicants of the first round of the Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund.
The NSW Government will invest $63 million over four years to boost the number of caseworkers working on the frontline, as well as deliver more casework support workers.
University students and sexual assault experts came together at NSW Parliament House today to discuss what more could be done on campuses, in a forum hosted by Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward.
More than 250 students have been awarded scholarships of up to $1000 by the Department of Family and Community Services to spend on their education.
Rough sleepers in NSW will now have greater access to transitional housing and support services to help them stay off the streets, after Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Social Housing Minister Pru Goward announced $20 million in funding today as part of the 2017-18 NSW Budget.
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward has today announced the appointment of Janet Schorer as the new Children’s Guardian for NSW.
The second phase of the NSW Government’s Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) will provide more housing for vulnerable people across the State, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced today.
Child protection workers now have access to a world-first resource that provides advice and resources for responding to victims of child sexual abuse after the NSW Government today launched See, Understand and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse – a Practical Kit.
The NSW government has so far secured nearly $1 million in annual rent income to spend on improving the social housing system as a result of tenants coming forward to declare undisclosed income, assets, property ownership and unauthorised occupants under the protection of an amnesty.
Waterloo has been nominated by the NSW Government as a new State Significant Precinct and residents are being urged to have their say on the transformation of the inner city suburb through a series of master planning workshops.
Community organisations across NSW now have extra time to benefit from almost $8 million in State Government funding to build or improve community facilities for social housing tenants, with an extension of the latest round of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.
The first homes delivered as part of the first phase of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) scheme are now ready for tenants to move in, Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced today.
GPs can now refer victims of domestic and family violence to specialist support services in a significant expansion of the Safer Pathway program.
The second phase of the NSW Sexual Assault Strategy is now underway with the first of nine consultation workshops across the state held today in Bankstown.
Social housing tenants living in NSW now have the opportunity to declare undisclosed income, financial assets, property and unauthorised occupants, under the protection of a seven-week amnesty beginning today.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward and Police Minister Troy Grant have praised the first year of the NSW Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme pilot initiative, an empowering tool for those at risk of domestic or family violence.
People left stranded by the Northern NSW floods have been helped by Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) staff, who have partnered with non-government agencies to provide urgent assistance.
Up to 130 young people across the Central Coast and Hunter who are at risk or experiencing homelessness will be better supported as they leave out of home care as part of the Premier’s Youth Initiative.
The NSW Government will soon make it easier for foster families to adopt children in their care, under the most significant reforms to child protection and out of home care in almost a decade.
AN innovative program aimed at reducing homelessness in young people leaving care
was officially launched by Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward and
Ladder CEO Elisabeth Tuckey, in Western Sydney today.
Victims experiencing domestic and family violence living on the Northern Beaches will now have a single contact point to access the support they need with the commencement of the Northern Beaches Safer Pathway site.
Social housing tenants in Cranebrook today received on the spot repairs and were able to discuss issues about their home as part of a maintenance pop up organised by the Department of Family and Community Services.
The newly renovated and expanded office for Wentworth Community Housing in Penrith was officially opened today by Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward and local Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres.
People experiencing domestic and family violence will receive tailored, multi-agency support with the roll out of Safer Pathway in the Penrith and St Marys Local Area Commands (LACs) from September 2017.
The transformation of residential care is underway, with 26 service providers moving to the next stage of the open tender to provide Intensive Therapeutic Care.
The NSW Government has taken a major step towards delivering thousands of additional homes for vulnerable people across the State, with contracts awarded for the first phase of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF).
24 community projects, developed by high school students, have been recognised by the Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams, at a ceremony at Parliament House.
A one-stop volunteering recruitment website was today launched by Minister responsible for Volunteering Ray Williams.
Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, today announced Alan Gravolin as the 2017 NSW Carer of the Year.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills and Small Business John Barilaro today announced a new $19 million Disability Sector Scale-Up (DSSU) program to help NSW businesses prepare for and make the most of the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Following an extensive consultation, Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams announced the successful providers to take over the operation of state supported accommodation services in Sydney and the Central Coast.
Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams is encouraging people across NSW to nominate an exceptional carer or employer for a NSW Carers Award.
NSW continues to lead Australia in transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with it rolling out across the State today, announced Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams.
The 2017-18 NSW Budget promotes choice, community inclusion, and engagement for people with disability and demonstrates the success of the ongoing transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams announced.
LiveBetter Community Services, Hunter Valley Disability Services and Mid North Coast Disability Services have been selected by the NSW Government to provide disability supported accommodation services.
House With No Steps and Northcott have been selected by the NSW Government to run disability supported accommodation services.
The NSW Government will host National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Aboriginal Readiness Gatherings across the state to ensure Aboriginal people with disability, their families and carers are prepared for the transition.
Seventy eight new group homes will be built in the Hunter region at locations chosen by people with disability and their families to replace large residential centres.
Today the NSW Government announced the Benevolent Society will be the new operator of its specialist disability community support teams. These services are being transferred to the non-government sector to support the roll out of the NDIS.
Community members across NSW are being urged to donate handbags filled with everyday essentials and little luxuries to make a difference to the lives of women in need this Christmas.
Ten programs that encourage leadership and economic empowerment for women have been awarded NSW Government funding in the latest round of Investing in Women grants.
Aboriginal Elders in NSW will have the opportunity to learn about technology and record their stories when the Tech Savvy Elders Roadshow hits the highway to tour regional and remote communities this week.
Lifelong dedication to the advancement of women in NSW will be recognised by a new category in the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards.
Events are being held across New South Wales today to give special thanks to grandparents and older people for their commitment and contribution to local communities.
Selfless determination to improve the lives of countless children has won a Central Coast grandmother the NSW Grandparent of the Year Award.
A story exploring the increasing number of older women seeking support for homelessness was the stand-out piece of journalism for judges at this year’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (MACA) Media Awards.
NSW seniors can save on average $200 a year on their groceries, thanks to Seniors Card discounts the NSW Government has secured with the Woolworths Group.
Building wooden Porsches, meeting the Pope, finding and losing love, manning fishing trawlers in a storm, life at age 101, and humorous moments with modern technology are all but a handful of real life stories revealed in this year’s Seniors’ Stories Volume 3.
Seniors will benefit from funding now available for projects that will help older people lead active, independent and healthy lives.
The health and well-being of older people is in the spotlight today, as International Day of Older Persons reminds communities across NSW to tap into the talents of seniors.
Seniors across NSW are being encouraged to take part in an exciting new low impact sporting initiative to help them stay active and connected in their communities.
Local organisations and councils across the state are being encouraged to celebrate the enormous contribution seniors make by holding an event during the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival.
Unique, balanced and realistic media reports on older people are being sought for entry into the 2017 MACA Media Awards.
Minister for Women, Tanya Davies, is urging people in NSW to identify the challenges faced by women and suggest solutions for these issues, in the ‘Have Your Say’ online survey.
Older people interested in singing and choir groups are set to benefit from a new grants program ‘Sing Your Age’.
The NSW Government has secured a two-year partnership with one of Australia’s biggest energy suppliers, ensuring seniors continue to have access to exclusive discounts on their gas and electricity.
The NSW Government has secured a two-year partnership with one of Australia’s biggest energy suppliers, ensuring seniors continue to have access to exclusive discounts on their gas and electricity.
While the state’s newest figures on women’s equality show growth in paid workforce participation and an increase in men using flexible working arrangements to care for children, the gender pay gap continues to exist.
Minister for Women Tanya Davies said $3.6 million in this Budget would enable the Government to deliver the state’s first NSW Women’s Strategy to improve the lives of the 3.8 million women in NSW.
The 2017-18 Budget will help tackle elder abuse, ease cost of living pressures for older people, and enable more seniors than ever to maintain independence by empowering them to become tech savvy.
The NSW Government will contribute nearly $200,000 to a federal research initiative to identify older Australians who need protection from abuse, Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies announced today, on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
As part of the NSW Government’s continued commitment to seniors, funding for local community events on Grandparents Day will be doubled to $200,000 this year, Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies announced today.
Ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies is encouraging communities across NSW to speak out against inexcusable abuse inflicted on older people, most commonly by their families.
More than 100 community leaders and gender equality champions will gather in Sydney’s CBD today to help kick-start the beginning of the state’s first ever Women’s Strategy.
To improve gender equity for women and girls, Minister for Women, Tanya Davies today held the first of eight state-wide consultations to identify areas for focused action and NSW Government investment.
Seniors across the state will have the chance to leap into the digital world as the Tech Savvy Seniors roadshow sets off on a regional tour of NSW today.
The reinstatement of the Pensioner Concession Card, and incentives to encourage older Australians to free up housing stock in last night’s Federal Budget have been welcomed by Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies.
Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, today announced the University of Newcastle will receive $25,000 from the NSW Government to help older people choose suitable housing.
Minister for Women Tanya Davies today urged organisations and community groups, with innovative ways to encourage leadership and economic independence for women, to apply for their share of $200,000 as part of the NSW Government’s Investing in Women 2017 grants program.
Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies today announced more than $3 million in new funding agreements for four key NSW ageing advocacy organisations.
Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies today launched the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival, which runs until 12 March.