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Energy reduction for Dubbo's Aboriginal housing tenants

24 Jun 2016: Dubbo’s Aboriginal social housing tenants are on the road to receiving roof-top solar systems and energy saving programs, designed to slash their energy bills.

FACS 2016-17 Budget

21 Jun 2016: On Tuesday 21 June the NSW Government brought down the 2016-17 Budget. The Family and Community Services total budget is $6.4 billion.

Updates to the FACS Statistics website released

20 Jun 2016:

Today we released the FACS statistical report 2014-15 and updated the interactive data on the FACS Statistics website.

ChildStory, one step closer

15 Jun 2016: The ChildStory program has moved one step closer to delivering solutions to the child protection sector with the beginning of the deployment phase of the program. 

NSW budget: new health, education, jobs and training services for social housing families

14 Jun 2016:

Generational disadvantage in social housing is being targeted with new Budget measures to improve people’s lives, starting from before babies come home from hospital.

2016 Premier's Awards

10 Jun 2016: Nominations for the 2016 Premier’s Award have now opened. The award recognises excellence by individuals and teams in the delivery of public services to the NSW community by the public sector, not-for-profit organisations and private businesses.

Contact with FACS housing clients

6 Jun 2016: Now at every point of contact, FACS Housing clients will be asked to confirm their contact details, including their mobile number, email address, telephone number and postal address.

New e-learning module for NSW Disability Service Standards

3 Jun 2016: The module assists ADHC staff and funded service providers in understanding ADHC’s quality requirements.

Youth ambassadors to play a key role in new OOHC initiative

3 Jun 2016:

A dynamic new program called the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) has been launched to better promote the wide range of support and services available to young people who are, or have been in Out of Home Care (OOHC).

Simply the Best Customer Service Awards

1 Jun 2016: Nominations are open now! We want to hear your stories about how FACS employees have made a difference to you, a family member, someone you know, or a client.

Caseworker vacancy drops to lowest ever rate in March 2016 quarter

27 May 2016:

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.

FACS caseworkers encouraged to use family group conferencing

9 May 2016:

Family Group Conferencing is now rolling out across the six metropolitan Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains districts.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals working in the private sector can now exchange information under Ch 16A

9 May 2016:

New changes have been made to child protection legislation that have expanded the range of professionals who can exchange information about the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people under Chapter 16A of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection Act) 1998.

No time limit for child abuse compensation claims

6 May 2016: More victims of child abuse will be eligible to claim compensation under recent changes by the NSW Government to the Limitations Act 1969.

SkillsLink2Work helps carers translate caring skills into ‘employment speak’

4 May 2016: SkillsLink2Work is a new website that helps carers translate their skills, knowledge and experience into a work skills report that can be used when applying for jobs.

Oral care for people with disability – a resource for disability support workers

4 May 2016:

Disability support workers can now access a new presentation on oral care for people with disability.

‘Resolve’ – an app for young people leaving care

2 May 2016: We recently launched a smartphone app for young people leaving care. Resolve helps these young people on their journey to independence. It gives them access to information they need, when they need it and just a click away.

The NSW Government has announced the next stage of the disability services transfer, with an Expression of Interest (EOI) opening mid-May 2016

28 Apr 2016: To support the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the NSW Government is transferring all of its specialist disability services to the non-government sector by July 2018.

Have your say on the NSW Ageing Strategy

20 Apr 2016:

Our ageing population is a long-term focus of the NSW Government. So far, the Ageing Strategy has had a positive impact in improving the life circumstances of older people in NSW. Since its launch in 2012, around 80 per cent of the NSW Ageing Strategy’s initiatives have been completed, or are on track for completion.

Family trees to provide home for kids in care

9 Apr 2016:

Family tracing techniques similar to those used to re-unite relatives torn apart by war will be taught to social workers to help find a permanent home for children in care.