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SNAICC conference 2015: Protecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

12 Oct 2015:

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child (SNAICC) conference at Perth’s Convention Centre, mid-September, had one goal – the safety, wellbeing and future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. The conference theme was For Our Children – Ngallak Koorlangka, Community Voices: Sharing Knowledge and Practice.

Targeted Earlier Intervention Reform

6 Oct 2015: Have your say about how we can improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.

It’s easy to care for a carer

2 Oct 2015:

There are 857,000 carers in NSW. That’s one in 10 people. If you aren’t a carer yourself you probably already know at least one carer who you could recognise with simple gestures of support.

Simply the Best Customer Service Awards nominations closing soon

28 Sep 2015:

Nominations for the 2015 Simply the Best Customer Service Awards close on Friday 9 October.

Making a difference: Foster Care Week 2015

17 Sep 2015: Trudie and Dave’s amazing experiences of being foster carers [VIDEO].

Delivering the NDIS to more than half of eligible Australians

16 Sep 2015:

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).

NDIS rollout in NSW announced

16 Sep 2015:

A historic agreement signed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Mike Baird and the has delivered certainty for how and when the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out across NSW.

Applications for membership of the Disability Council NSW

2 Sep 2015: The Disability Council NSW wants people with disability and other members of the community to become members of the Council.

Statement in response to claim of 'thousands to lose jobs' in FACS

31 Aug 2015:

The Secretary of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Michael Coutts-Trotter, said a claim the department plans to cut 4,790 jobs is wrong, stunningly so.

Caseworker vacancy rate remains steady in June 2015 qtr

31 Aug 2015:

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).

Response to allegations made against foster carers

27 Aug 2015: The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) takes any allegations of harm to children seriously, including those in foster care, so whenever any such allegations arise we investigate.

NSW Disability Services sector ahead on journey to reform

27 Aug 2015: A new independent review of the Industry Development Fund (IDF) initiatives has found that it plays an important role in supporting the disability services sector, particularly ahead of the transition to the National Disability Scheme (NDIS).

Nominate a FACS employee for the 2015 Simply the Best Customer Service Awards

21 Aug 2015:

The Simply the Best Customer Service Awards celebrate outstanding contributions FACS employees make to reducing disadvantage in NSW, and form part of FACS Employee Recognition Framework.

Letter to the editor - Newcastle Herald

23 Jun 2015: I’m writing to correct the claim in the article Hunter Expected to Miss Out in Budget – Labor MPs to Monitor Promises’ by Jason Gordon, published on 22 June about homelessness funding.

Response to 7 News from FACS Secretary about Foster Care

16 Jun 2015:

In broadcasts on 7 News on 14, 15 and 16 June 2015 titled ‘Foster Care in Crisis’, information FACS released to 7 News detailing all after-hours child protection calls was incorrectly presented as calls for help solely for children living with foster carers. View the response from the FACS Secretary, Michael Coutts-Trotter.

Nominations are now open for 2015 Innovation Awards

15 Jun 2015:

The NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards are now open for 2015 and celebrate the innovative approaches by individuals and organisations who are improving the lives of people with disability.

Public comment sought on draft Adoption Regulation 2015

2 Jun 2015: A draft Regulation to support the operation of the Adoption Act 2000 (NSW) has been released by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) today for public consultation.

Caseworker vacancy rate remains stable in March 2015 qtr

29 May 2015:

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).

2015 NSW Carers Awards – Nominations open

18 May 2015:

Nominations for the 2015 NSW Carers Awards are now open.

Small rise in Caseworker vacancy rate in December qtr 2014

27 Feb 2015:

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.