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The Family Support Program Future Directions discussion paper provided a starting point for discussion between the Australian Government and the sector about the future directions of the Families and Children’s Services stream of the Family Support Program. In February-March 2013, 14 consultation sessions were held across Australia to discuss the opportunities that were identified through the submissions process.
Thank you to all the organisations who were involved in the consultation process. Your feedback, recommendations and ideas have been important and informative.
Family Support Program Future Directions Discussion Paper
The last 50 years have seen major social and economic changes. While the majority of Australian families have benefited from the nation’s growing prosperity, some families still experience long-term welfare dependency and social exclusion.
To support those families, the Australian Government is delivering a welfare reform agenda shaped by three imperatives:
- Every child should have the best start in life through being safe and nurtured.
- All children and young people should be engaged with education or training.
- Every available option should be used to support more Australians into work.
The Australian Government’s Family Support Program makes an important contribution to this agenda.
Download the Discussion Paper.
Who did we consult with?
Peak bodies in the family and community services sector and provider organisations (such as non-profit community services providers) across Australia.
What happens next?
The Family Support Program has worked to summarise the views expressed through the consultation process and has briefed Minister Collins on feedback from the consultations. The Minister is currently considering the outcomes of the consultation process, as well as possible ways of responding to the recommendations arising from the process.
An announcement regarding responses to the consultation and possible reforms is expected to be made mid-year and will be available from this website.
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Questions and Answers
Why is there further reform needed to the FSP?
It is important to continue to build on the FSP’s 2011 reforms to ensure the program is achieving its objectives for families and children. The Discussion Paper provides a basis for consultation with the community about opportunities to strengthen the design and delivery of the program.
Why does the Discussion Paper only refer to Family and Children’s services?
The focus of the Discussion Paper is on those activities for which FaHCSIA has policy and funding responsibility.
The Attorney-General has commissioned research on the activities delivered through the Family Law Services stream of the FSP. The Attorney-General is also consulting with the sector and other key stakeholders to inform the review of these Family Law Services.
FaHCSIA and the Attorney-General’s Department continue to work together to ensure the FSP is meeting the needs of families and children.
A description of all activities funded under the FSP is provided in the Discussion Paper.