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Developing vibrant, sustainable and inclusive communities across NSW is a key strategic priority for the NSW Government. The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) supports this priority to enable and assist all people to be able to participate fully in social and economic life and achieve their full potential.

Research shows meaningful participation has been found to:

  • be good for the individual, with evidence showing that individuals who meaningfully participate are healthier, happier and enjoy increased likelihood of longevity
  • builds social capital, thereby creating stronger, safer and more inclusive communities
  • create the necessary foundations for the cohesion needed to foster jobs growth and productivity resulting in economic benefits.

To achieve its vision, FACS works with and for different community cohorts by developing and implementing collaborative solutions that build on existing strengths and insights of the communities themselves.

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