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Your Choice, Your Future – New Aftercare Supports for a brighter future

Non-government organisations (NGOs) and the NSW Government work together to support children in out-of-home care.

The NSW Government will be offering additional leaving care support for young people transitioning from care to independence until they reach the age of 21 through Your Choice, Your Future.

This is in addition to a range of other programs that support children and young people in out-of-home care. Learn more about the range of programs provided by the NGO sector and NSW Government in this brochure, Delivering a pathway to a brighter future for children and families in NSW PDF, 7580.08 KB.

More details about the changes will be added to this page over the coming months.

The following is a summary of the changes.

New ‘staying on’ carer allowance up to 21 years

Carers who continue looking after young people until they turn 21 will become eligible to receive $544 per fortnight for the first year (age 18). This will step down to $400 per fortnight at age 19 and then $250 per fortnight until the young person reaches 21 years of age. This means carers can keep providing support and stability as the young person lives with them and becomes more independent.

New independent living aftercare allowance up to 21 years

Young people leaving care who live independently will be eligible to receive $250 per fortnight until they reach 21 years of age. This payment will help with rent and some essential items.

Specialist aftercare program is expanding

More young people with complex needs can get the support they need from specialist aftercare services including access to new services such as mentoring. It will also provide additional coverage in regional areas.

More aftercare caseworkers

There are also more aftercare staff to provide casework support for care leavers and administer payments.

Equal access for young care leavers wherever they live

More young people in regional and metropolitan areas will benefit from the expanded aftercare program and additional staff supporting aftercare.

These new supports will be available in early 2023

Applications for the new allowances will be available from February with payments to follow shortly afterwards. Young people approaching turning 18 should talk to their caseworker about their Leaving Care or ‘transition’ plan.

The specialist aftercare program will be available more broadly from July 2023.

Other leaving care supports already available

Young people can talk to their caseworker about what can be included in a leaving care plan. You can also find more information about leaving care supports and services on the leaving care web pages.

Young people you can receive support with training, employment opportunities, living arrangements and housing, as well as planning for the future.

More information

To speak with someone about leaving care supports, call DCJ Care Leavers Line on 1800 994 686 or email careleaversline@facs.nsw.gov.au.

Download the factsheet Your Choice, Your Future – new aftercare supports available from early 2023 PDF, 106.84 KB.

Carers can call the My Forever Family Carer Support Line on 1300 782 975.

More details about the changes will be added to this page over the coming months.

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Last updated: 16 Nov 2022