The Department of Social Services (DSS) would like to invite you to contribute to the future of family and children services. Under the Families and Children Activity, DSS invests approximately $217 million annually in the following programs:
- Communities for Children Facilitating Partners
- Family and Relationship Services
- Children and Parenting Support
- Intensive Family Support Service
- Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters.
The majority of grant agreements for these programs expire on 30 June 2020. It is therefore timely for us to discuss how we can continue to work together to ensure our programs continue to achieve positive outcomes for families and children into the future.
To facilitate this process, a ‘Stronger Outcomes for Families’ discussion paper has been released on the DSS Engage website. DSS is seeking feedback on the discussion paper from service providers, academics, state and territory governments and families and children.
DSS wants to be clear that the ideas proposed in the discussion paper are ideas for testing only. The discussion paper does not represent DSS’ final policy position. This process is the beginning of our engagement. We anticipate continuing discussions over the coming years.
This discussion paper is available to view and respond to from 5 July 2018 to 15 August 2018 on the DSS Engage website.