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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.

Pop-up housing office in Sutherland

1 Apr 2016: On Tuesday 29 March, the NSW Government continued its successful ‘pop-up housing office’ initiative in Sutherland to engage with the community and help people who may be sleeping rough.

Tech Savvy Seniors program goes on tour

01 Apr 2016: The Hon. John Ajaka, Minister for Ageing and Mr Tim O’Leary, Chief Sustainability Officer, Telstra joined NSW Seniors Festival ambassador Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo and local Aboriginal elders and students to launch the first ever Tech Savvy Seniors Roadshow at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern.

Shining a light on good practice 2016

22 Mar 2016:

Calling on staff and NGOs to make a submission to the Shining a light on good practice in NSW 2016 report 6 May 2016.

Fostering Our Future launches online magazine

17 Mar 2016: Fostering our Future is now available online through a subscription-based service which can be delivered directly to any computer, mobile or tablet device anywhere, any time.

University of Sydney to establish Institute of Open Adoption Studies

16 Mar 2016:

Today FACS signed an agreement with the University of Sydney to establish the Institute of Open Adoption Studies.

A to Z directory of homeless help now available

1 Mar 2016: Ask Izzy is available to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness find shelter, food, health and other critical support services.

Caseworker vacancy rate remains steady for December 2015 quarter

26 Feb 2016:

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.

Seniors encouraged to Grow Young this NSW Seniors Festival

23 Feb 2016:

Seniors across the state are encouraged to Grow Young as the annual NSW Seniors Festival celebrating seniors launches this week.


Youth Frontiers Awards

22 Feb 2016:

Some outstanding community projects were showcased in the awards ceremony for Youth Frontiers, a NSW Government youth mentoring program which encourages young people to make a positive difference in their local community.

New Resource Kit available for planners working with people who have complex needs

17 Feb 2016: This Planning Resource Kit is intended to strengthen existing good practice and to provide guidance for engaging a person with complex support needs in planning.

OOHC Adoption Practice Innovation Conference and Workshops

12 Feb 2016: Thank you to FACS staff, NGO colleagues and keynote speakers - including Janie Cravens and Maree Walk, pictured here with Minister Brad Hazzard - who made Tuesday’s OOHC Adoption Innovation Conference such a success.

Out-of-home care contracts extended until 2017

10 Feb 2016: As part of the out-of-homecare (OOHC) reforms which began in 2012, the NSW Government is extending current OOHC service provider contracts until April 2017.

Setting standards and building sector capacity for NDIS

5 Feb 2016: Free practitioner core standard workshops will be held at 20 key regional and metro centres across NSW from 03 February to 27 April 2016. The workshops have been designed for practitioners, nurses and administrators working to support people with disability

Huge Investment by FACS to Support People and Families in Need

4 Feb 2016: Hear how Foodbank’s new distribution centre in Western Sydney will benefit people and families in need.

Putting people first – FACS Service Charter released

16 Dec 2015: At FACS, we put people first and by doing this have a positive impact on the lives of the people that we serve. We know that how we deliver our service is just as important as what services we provide.

Simply the Best Customer Service Award winners

16 Dec 2015:

The winners of the inaugural FACS Simply the Best Customer Service Awards were announced at a ceremony hosted by Minister Brad Hazzard and Secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter in Sydney on Monday 14 December.

Accommodation Support resources

14 Dec 2015:

FACS has developed a variety of accommodation support resources to promote better outcomes for people with disability.

Targeted Earlier Intervention Program Reform – update

10 Dec 2015: You can now find a record of the district consultations on our webpage as well as being able to register online to receive TEI Program Reform updates. Visit our webpage now for all the latest information.

2015 State of the NSW Public Sector Report

1 Dec 2015: The 2015 State of the NSW Public Sector Report has been released for your viewing and feedback.