News

Youth encouraged to get involved, be heard, make a difference!

27 Mar 2017:

National Youth Week in NSW was today launched at the youth forum "Get involved, be heard, make a difference!"

FACS External Legal Services Panel – Child Protection

27 Mar 2017:

A Request for Tender (RFT) was published on Monday, 20 March 2017 on eTendering for a new FACS External Legal Services Panel for child protection legal work.

The Guiding Principles Yarning Circle rolls out Local Advisory Group Development Workshop

27 Mar 2017:

Moree hosted the February 2017 Guiding Principles Yarning Circle (GPYC) meeting and focussed on supporting the establishment of Local Advisory Groups.

Call for the aboriginal community to get prepared for the NDIS

27 Mar 2017:

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.

Learn more about responding to child sexual assault

24 Mar 2017: Videos from our latest Research to Practice seminar, See, Understand and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse are now available. Whether you are working with a child and you are unsure if child sexual abuse is occurring, working in an Aboriginal community where child sexual abuse is an issue or are helping a family where a child displays sexually harmful behaviour, you will find practical information in these videos.

Maintenance pop up delivering for the tenants of Cranebrook

23 Mar 2017:

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.

Northern beaches domestic and family violence victims now on a safer pathway

23 Mar 2017:

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.

Ladder Step Up launches in Western Sydney

23 Mar 2017:

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.

Wentworth community housing opened in Penrith

22 Mar 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.

Domestic violence victims in Penrith now on a safer pathway

22 Mar 2017:

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.

Intensive Therapeutic Care contracting moves to next procurement phase

20 Mar 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.

Building the readiness of the non-government sector for the NDIS – NSW Audit Office report released

15 Mar 2017: On 23 February 2017 the NSW Audit Office report- ‘Building the readiness of the non-government sector for the NDIS’ was tabled in Parliament.

NSW government to deliver 78 new group homes in the Hunter region

14 Mar 2017:

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.

Social and Affordable Housing Fund first phase to deliver thousands of homes

10 Mar 2017:

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).

NSW Seniors Festival kicks off

3 Mar 2017:

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies today launched the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival, which runs until 12 March.

New provider announced for FACS clinical services for people with disability

2 Mar 2017:

The NSW Government has announced the Benevolent Society as the new provider of FACS clinical services for people with disability across NSW.

Milestone for NDIS as disability clinical services transfer to Australia’s oldest charity

2 Mar 2017:

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.

Targeted recruitment to attract more caseworkers

24 Feb 2017:

Targeted recruitment programs have been put in place in a bid to attract extra caseworkers to the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

Guiding Principles Yarning Circle meeting

17 Feb 2017:

The final meeting in 2016 was attended by the Secretary and former Minister for Family and Community Services.

2017 Tenant Amnesty

15 Feb 2017:

FACS will offer an amnesty for any FACS Housing or Aboriginal Housing tenant that would like to voluntarily report any undisclosed income, financial assets or property ownership.