Extra child protection specialists have started work across NSW as the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) continues a major caseworker recruitment drive.
The NSW caseworker vacancy rate has remained stable at 5 per cent as recruitment for 141 new child protection roles continues across the State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
Caseworker vacancy rates have fallen for the third consecutive quarter, the Secretary of the Department of Family and Community Services, Michael Coutts-Trotter, announced.
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 excavators have rolled on site and demolition work has commenced on the biggest social and affordable housing renewal development in Australia – the Ivanhoe Estate.
The NSW Government has committed $13.9 million to support vulnerable children and young people at risk of homelessness access support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
St Marys is the latest beneficiary of a new affordable housing development with the completion of 49 one and two bedroom units jointly funded by the NSW and Federal Government, Penrith City Council and Wentworth Community Housing.
A new women’s shelter in Sydney’s west will provide support for women escaping domestic violence as they begin to rebuild their lives, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said.
The NSW Government is set to transform the ageing social housing estate at Telopea in Western Sydney with an increased supply of social, affordable and private housing through the Communities Plus program.
Today’s release of the latest estimates of homelessness from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows there are some emerging issues which will require investigation, and demonstrates why homelessness is a key priority for the NSW Government.
The NSW Government has introduced more proactive outreach programs that take services directly to people sleeping rough – resulting in 200 people from the inner city accessing permanent, stable social housing.
Hundreds of people on the social housing waiting list and hundreds more will have access to brand new homes as the NSW Government continues to deliver on its promise to build more housing through the sale of properties in Millers Point.
Fewer people are sleeping rough on Sydney’s streets as record spending and intensive outreach efforts by the NSW Government deliver housing and support for people facing homelessness.
The NSW Government is delivering on its election commitment to build stronger social housing communities following the announcement of the successful recipients under the fourth round of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF).
A survey of more than 100 workplaces in NSW will examine their policies on domestic and family violence and explore how they can better support victims in their industry.
The NSW Government has officially opened the Expressions of Interest for the second phase of its Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), which will deliver up to 1,200 additional social and affordable homes.
Three non-government organisations have been awarded contracts to deliver supported temporary accommodation in place of low-cost motels and caravan parks in South Western Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven and Southern NSW.
A brand new mix of private, social and affordable housing in the heart of Redfern will offer vital housing support for those who need it most in Sydney’s inner city.
The NSW Government has established a taskforce to respond to the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which was submitted today to the Governor-General and tabled in the Australian Parliament.
Some of the state’s most vulnerable families will be supported in a new centre which opened in Sydney’s south today.
The Sirius building is officially on the market, with the proceeds of the sale to provide more social housing for the State’s most vulnerable people.
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.
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.
The community consultation process for the Waterloo masterplan is now underway, with residents encouraged to share their vision for their community.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GPs can now refer victims of domestic and family violence to specialist support services in a significant expansion of the Safer Pathway program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams today announced more than $40 million for Ability Links, a program helping people with disability connect to the community.
Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams joined 150 young people at a forum in Parliament House to launch NSW Youth Week 2018.
Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams is welcoming the premiere of ABC’s Employable Me series tonight.
Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams, today announced four organisations will receive a share of $6.6 million over three years to deliver a youth mentoring program.
More than 8,400 volunteers across NSW have been recognised by the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program on International Volunteer Day.
Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, today announced Jobs for people with disability: A plan for the NSW public sector.
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.
A record number of seniors are recovering from a jam-packed 12 days of entertainment, arts, dance, sports and cultural activities, as the 60th NSW Seniors Festival wraps up for another year.
Using smart phones, internet banking and search engines will all become a breeze for NSW seniors taking part in the 2018 Tech Savvy Seniors Roadshow, with new lessons on offer to encourage more seniors than ever to dive into the digital age.
New social connections and additional income are among the benefits waiting for seniors across the State as the NSW Government partners with home sharing platform Airbnb.
Thousands of seniors across NSW are kicking their heels up, with the special Diamond Jubilee Anniversary celebrations underway at this year’s Seniors Festival.
The perfect pitch of Aussie entertainer David Campbell and songstress Marcia Hines echoed across Darling Harbour this week to promote the final release of limited tickets to the NSW Seniors Festival’s pinnacle event - the Premier’s Gala Concert series.
More innovative and evidence based projects that will be implemented to improve the lives
of older people in NSW, have today been released as part of the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-
2020 Year Two Action Plan.
An extraordinary contribution to regenerative medicine and orthopaedic research in NSW and an unwavering commitment to improving opportunities for women around the world has won Professor Hala Zreiqat the top accolade at the 2018 NSW Women of the Year awards.
Women across NSW are set to benefit from a boost to the latest round of the Investing in Women grants program, as the NSW Government doubles the support on offer to $400,000.
The NSW Parliament has repealed a law that allowed employers to fire or refuse to hire women who knew they were pregnant when applying for a job today.
The number of women working and in leadership roles in NSW continues to steadily increase, according to the NSW Government’s ‘Then and Now’ report, a snap shot of the progress of women working in current or previously male-dominated industries.
Attorney General Mark Speakman and Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies have today reaffirmed the NSW Government’s commitment to working with the Commonwealth to tackle elder abuse.
From today, seniors across the state can secure their seat to the pinnacle event of the NSW Government’s 2018 Seniors Festival.
A groundbreaking trial will offer better support to NSW seniors experiencing elder abuse.
Youth advocates, entrepreneurs and a drone pilot are among the 28 women selected as finalists for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards, Minister for Women Tanya Davies announced today.
More than 100 councils, small businesses and community organisations have received a share of $200,000 from the NSW Government, to hold events and activities during the 60th year of the NSW Seniors Festival.
The public now has more time to submit nominations for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards.
For the first time, the popular 2017 Seniors Christmas Concert series featuring Peter Cousens will be available online from today.
NSW will abolish a law that allows employers to fire or refuse to hire women who knew they were pregnant when applying for a job.
The latest snap shot of the health of women in NSW will be released today in the Women
in NSW Report Series 2017: Health and Wellbeing.
Seniors across the State have something to sing about today as the NSW Government awards dozens of organisations funding to expand or start new choirs for older people.
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.
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.
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 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.