FRSA eBulletin - Wednesday 3 May 2017
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While Jackie has been on leave, the small FRSA team has been pedalling hard to meet a number of deadlines and prepare for upcoming events.
FRSA’s submission to the Inquiry into a better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence is taking shape and we are on track to lodge it shortly. Many thanks to the thoughtful input of the working group (drawn from FLS-providing FRSA members) and those FLS providers who have responded to our survey. If you’d like to know more about the Inquiry and what it’s trying to achieve, go to the
Inquiry website or email FRSA policy officer, Dr Adam Heaton.
Another submission, this time to the Attorney General’s Department, will be lodged next week. A revision was recently made to the Protocol for the provision of legal assistance in family relationship centres and FRSA was invited to comment. In short, under the old protocols, lawyers were prohibited from providing further legal assistance beyond the FDR process itself. The new protocols will enable private lawyers and their firms to act for their FDR clients in any subsequent litigation. Several FRSA members responded to our call for feedback, which is now being incorporated into a response. I would like to thank the individuals concerned for making time available for very informative phone-based consultations.
Planning for
FRSA’s Conference 2017 is well in hand. Last week we launched a Call for Abstracts, for presentations reflecting the Conference theme Connecting the dots: creating wellbeing for all. Family and relationship services are in the business of connecting the dots for families across a broad spectrum of support needs. The Conference is an opportunity to promote creative ways to strengthen wellbeing across the family life course – together, and by connecting people, sectors, disciplines and many more ‘dots’ that should ideally be linked up to paint a coherent picture. The October 2017 Child Inclusive Practice Forum, which also focuses on connections, has called for Abstracts for papers reflecting the theme Connections in Child Inclusive Practice: We’re all in this together!
Federal Budget night (9 May) approaches, the FRSA team is also keeping a weather eye on possible changes to government funding that might directly or indirectly influence providers of family and relationship services. Jackie and Adam will attend the Budget lock-up, at which stakeholders are provided with an overview of key budget measures immediately before the Treasurer gives his speech. The FRSA team will compile a summary of Budget measures and their implications for the family and relationship services sector and provide that to the FRSA network the following day.
Jackie’s commitments on her return include attendance at the
Child Aware Conference scheduled for 15-16 May, meetings with selected Members of Parliament, meetings of the FRSA Board and its sub-committees, travel to Wollongong to meet with local MPs and member agencies and finalising of the submissions currently being drafted.
Finally, thank you to the FRSA team, policy and events related working group members and others in the network who have supported FRSA’s many activities over the period of Jackie’s leave.

Warm regards,
Sue Ludwig
FRSA Acting Executive Director

In this issue you will find:

Call for Abstracts now open!
- Conference sponsorship prospectus now available!
- New Family Matters journal out now!
- Awards & Grants
- Get Involved
- FRSA Events & Training Calendar highlights
- FRSA Jobs Board


Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) invites you to submit an abstract to present at the 2017 FRSA National Conference during the concurrent session program.

The focus of the Conference this year Connecting the dots: Creating wellbeing for all. FRSA welcomes abstracts between 200 and 400 words about enhancing the wellbeing for: children, families and communities; service providers; our sector (as a whole) and/or across various sectors in the delivery of services across the following five streams (identified stages in the family lifecourse):

1.The first 1000 days
Topics can include the preconception period (preconception to birth), the birth of a child, impact on family relationships and transitions into parenting.

2. Key transition points in the schooling years
Topics can include school readiness, transitions into and across primary and secondary schools/school years, young people with significant caring responsibilities and transitioning out of school into training, tertiary education or employment.

3. Partnering and cohabitation
Topics can include relationship formation, relationship and marriage counselling and developing and maintaining respectful and safe relationships.

4. Relationship breakdown and re-partnering
Topics can include family/domestic violence, family legal services, family dispute resolution, men’s behavioural change programs, parenting after separation, sole-parenting, sustaining the best interests and wellbeing of children and the changing nature of family dynamics experienced through reporting.

5. Ageing
Topics can include grandparents as primary care-giver of children, elder abuse and changing family structures as people stay at home for longer.

FRSA also encourages a specific focus on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and other vulnerable groups of children, families and communities within these streams.

To learn more about the criteria for submitting or abstract, please visit the FRSA National Conference 2017 webpage.


For more information about the FRSA National Conference, visit the website, or get in touch
New Family Matters journal out now!

The Australian Institute of Family Studies Family Matters journal (No. 99, 2017) is now available. This edition contains a range of articles based on research presented at the AIFS 2016 Conference, 'Research to Results - Using evidence to improve outcomes for families'

To download the journal,
please click here.

Westpac offering $2 million in Community Grants

To celebrate Westpac’s 200th anniversary, Westpac Foundation will double the amount of Community Grants on offer this year, providing 200 grants worth $10,000 each. This is the Foundation’s largest Community Grants program ever and will help local community organisations around the country work towards a fairer, more inclusive Australia.

A record $2 million in funding is now available to not-for-profit organisations that seek to tackle complex social issues by providing education, employment opportunities and improving the quality of life of Australians experiencing disadvantage are encouraged to apply.

Visit the
Westpac website here to check your eligibility and the community grants available.

Applications and nominations are open until 5pm AEST on Friday, 9 June 2017. Recipients will then be approved by the Westpac Foundation Board and announced on
18 September 2017.

Call out to all Australia's Young Social Pioneers 

Australia’s largest youth incubator program, Young Social Pioneers program is calling on emerging social innovators, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and changemakers who are looking to make a social impact.

The program, run by Foundation for Young Australians, offers opportunity for young people to build their business and leadership skills and have access to mentors, workshops, resources and the biggest community of innovators in Australia.

To be eligible for the program, you must be:
  • 16-29 years of age;
  • Leading, involved in or have an idea for social change initiative; and
  • Able to participate in the Young Social Pioneers initiative
For more information, please visit the website here, or alternately contact Matthew Benetti at
Mission Australia calls on Australia's Youth for Annual Youth Survey

Mission Australia is calling on Australia’s youth to share their thoughts, concerns and dreams in our largest annual nationwide poll of young people. The 2017 Youth Survey is now open to all Australians aged 15-19, giving young people a platform to have their say and create a better future for all Australians. The survey closes on 31 July 2017.

To complete the survey and share your experiences,
please click here

To view last year's Youth Survey report,
please click here
The Community Grants Hub, implemented by the Department of Social Services (DSS) provides service providers with information about Commonwealth Government grant opportunities and support for organisations seeking or managing grants to deliver community services and support.

Currently available Community Grants that may be of interest to you or your organisation are available below.

Support for Fathers
Closing: 2.00pm AEST, Thursday 11 May 2017

The aim of the Support for Fathers activity is to contribute to a reduction in violence against women and their children, by educating young men and fathers to better understand and appreciate the importance of their (current or future) role as parents and partners, as well providing them with evidence-based tools, strategies and knowledge to improve their confidence as both parents and partners in order to develop, maintain and role-model healthy and respectful relationships with family members.
To read more ... 

Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women
Closing: 2.00pm AEST, Tuesday 25 May 2017

The overarching aim of the Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women grant is to help CALD women living in regional areas who are experiencing, or are at risk, of family and domestic violence or sexual assault to access the support they need. These grants are for removing barriers faced by CALD women living in regional areas to accessing mainstream family and domestic violence or sexual assault services.

For more information regarding available community grants, visit the Community Grants Hub website here.

FRSA Events & Training Calendar provides holiday dates, information on national days, events and appreciation weeks and locations of upcoming sector events and training.

Upcoming Training for the next fortnight

Essential Skills for Effective Workers – Coffs Harbour, NSW
Groupwork Solutions
Tuesday 9 May 2017
Park Beach Bowls Club 60 Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
Cost: $242
Tips, ideas and strategies for helping workers provide the best possible service to their clients while enhancing their own wellbeing: this one-day workshop is useful for those who are new to a helping role and for honing the skills of more experienced workers.

Culturally appropriate care training with Greek individuals and families/carers
PRONIA is seeking expressions of interest from agencies who would like to participate in professional training workshops tailored to organisations and services who work with Greek and other culturally and linguistically diverse communities and aged clients. Workshops aim to explore awareness, skills and knowledge of cultural competence with experienced trainer and cross-cultural facilitator.

For workshop information and enrolment details, please click here to view the 
PRONIA training program. Workshops are $165 per participant. To express interest in workshops, please fill out the enrolment form here, complete the form and send to PRONIA Community Education Officer, Adonis Antonios Maglis:

Introduction to iPads (Cofacilitated with Monash Library Services)
10.30am - 12.30pm Wednesday 10 May 2017
9-15 Cooke Street, Clayton Community Centre Youth & Family Services
Introductory sessions on how to use iPads for seniors.

Effective Group Leadership with vulnerable communities workshop - Wollongong NSW
Groupwork Solutions
Thursday 11 May - Friday 12 May 2017
Pioneer Sands Hotel 19 Carters Lane, Towradgi, NSW 2518
Cost: $484
Facilitating creative group work: this two-day workshop covers the principles of using creative group work techniques and tools. Targeting group leaders, the focus includes changing group dynamics, trauma informed group work practice, increased understanding of motivational group work models for change and the use of practical creative exercises. 

Abstracts now open! Visit the webpage for more info.
If you would like to add your event or training to the FRSA Events & Training board, please get in touch.
Please click here to view the FRSA Events & Training Calendar


FRSA Jobs Board offers a space for you to advertise job opportunities and positions across the sector. Advertise your vacancy here.

Research Officer
Part time/Casual (Negotiable)
Fixed Term until 30 June 2017
Child Family Community Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies

To view more jobs, please visit the FRSA Jobs Board here
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