Federal government announcement of new “welfare investment approach” and $96 million towards new ideas

On Tuesday 20 September 2016, the Federal Government announced a new investment approach to welfare. The Government states that the new approach seeks to improve outcomes for people who experience disadvantage and are reliant on income support, as well as address the increasing costs of the income support system.

Termed the Australian Priority Investment Approach, it

2016-10-21T03:54:51+00:00September 21st, 2016|

Greater Western Sydney Targeted Earlier Intervention Reform Directions Information Sessions Summary

The Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Reform Directions Information Sessions have now concluded in Greater Western Sydney. Four sessions were held across Greater Western Sydney: Liverpool, Penrith, Springwood and Blacktown.

Anthony Shannon, Acting Director of Families & Place, Programs & Service Design, NSW Department of Family & Community, presented on the TEI Program Reform Directions at

2016-10-14T00:24:26+00:00September 19th, 2016|

Targeted Earlier Intervention Update

Following the Family and Community Services (FACS) Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Program Reforms in late 2015, WSCF led a series Sector Roundtable consultations. A Greater Western Sydney Leadership Group was developed to provide advice on WSCF recommendation areas which have since developed into the Greater Western Sydney Industry Led Initiatives. While the TEI Reforms have

2016-10-14T00:24:27+00:00September 5th, 2016|

The Area Assistance Story


Western Sydney Community Forum and the Whitlam Institute proudly in partnership launched the landmark book; The Planning, Funding and Community Action: The Area Assistance Story. The Hon Linda Burney graciously launched the book. Academics, representatives from community organisations, local and state

2016-10-14T00:24:27+00:00August 30th, 2016|

Aged Care Roadmap

In April 2015, the Australian Government tasked the Aged Care Sector Committee with developing a roadmap that sets out future reform directions for aged care.  This Roadmap has just been released and it outlines the Committee’s views on “what is required to realise a sustainable, consumer-led aged care market, where consumers have increased choice and

2016-10-14T00:24:41+00:00April 21st, 2016|

FACS Reforms: 5 Things You Need to Know

What kind of services will these reforms effect?

The scope of the TEIP reforms is broad, spanning across nine different funding streams. As a result a wide range of services will be effected. The nine funding streams under review as part of the reform are:

  • Families NSW
  • Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy (ACYFS)
  • Positive Parenting
2016-10-14T00:24:43+00:00September 14th, 2015|

Frameworks that FACS are exploring and that you should know about

The changing landscape being experienced across all levels in the community services sector, was the focal point of discussion at the recent LCSA conference attended by WSCF staff.

Maree Walk (Chief Executive of Community Services (FACS), presented a brief outline of the changes also occurring within the Department and referred to the new working frameworks being

2016-10-14T00:24:43+00:00July 8th, 2015|

New Analysis of Going Home Staying Home Changes

Homelessness NSW has recently released an analysis of the publicly available information about the status of homelessness services before and following the Going Home, Staying Home reforms. Homelessness NSW has found that the number of family specific services has experienced significant growth while services catering to men have seen a significant reduction. Services for young

2016-07-25T01:52:18+00:00June 8th, 2014|