FRSA eBulletin - 21 October 2016
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This week’s e-bulletin brings a number of significant items to your attention.
The much anticipated Family Law Council Report focusing on
Families with Complex Needs and the Intersection of the Family Law and Child Protection Systems was released at the 16th National Family Law Conference in Melbourne this week. This has been a mammoth task for the Family Law Council which has worked diligently over the last two years on this project under the wise and respectful direction of the then Family Law Council Chair, Professor Helen Rhoades. FRSA holds an Observer’s seat on the Family Law Council and it has been my humble experience to have been involved on the Council in the preparation of this Report (and the Interim Report) with wonderfully knowledgeable, gifted and focused members. The Members of the Family Law Council as at 30 June 2016 were: Professor Helen Rhoades (Chair), Ms Kylie Beckhouse, Justice Robert Benjamin, AM, Mr Jeremy Culshaw, Ms Jennie Hannan, AM, Dr Rae Kaspiew, Judge Kevin Lapthorn and, Ms Colleen Wall. And also to acknowledge my co-Observers, Dr Rachel Carson (AIFS), Dr Julie MacKenzie (Australian Law Reform Commission), Ms Pam Hemphill (Families SA), Ms Sheree Tierney (Department of Human Services), Principal Registrar Angela Filippello (Family Court of Australia),Magistrate and Principal Registrar, David Monaghan (Family Court of WA), Mr Geoff Sinclair (Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia) and Ms Adele Byrne (Federal Circuit Court). Two department members that are also significantly involved in the process are, Tamsyn Harvey (Assistant Secretary) and Kym Howatson (Secretariat) at the Attorney-General Department. 
The focus of the Report is clear, to provide recommendations aimed at providing a safer and more streamlined service system for people accessing the Family Law System in Australia. The Attorney-General himself referred to the work as ‘a landmark report’. I believe the Report makes some solid recommendations with which we can and should move forward and I look forward to unpacking this detail more fully with our members, the government, the department and other stakeholders over the coming months. 
You may have noted above, that the Family Law Council is referred to in a ‘past’ context. The terms of the members of the Council expired on 30 June 2016, in the middle of the election and during the Caretaker period of Government. I would hope that the newly appointed members of Council will be announced before too long.
In his
address to the National Family Law Conference the Attorney-General, a Conference commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Family Law Act made specific mention of the family law services programme and the rollout of the Family Relationship Centres. The Attorney General, Senator, the Hon. George Brandis, said that in the 10 years since the FRC’s were rolled out, the FRC’s have become a ‘central component of the Australia family law system. Over 720,000 clients have attended more than 1.25 million sessions delivered by FRCs around Australia. and, in that period, we’ve seen a 25 per cent reduction in family law court applications involving children’.
We also look forward to celebrating these achievements at the FRSA Conference in Canberra from 29 November to 1 December, 2016. It is not too late to register and I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Also in this e-bulletin you will find news on the:

The FRSA National Conference 2016
- Sponsorship opportunities still available!
- About Uniting
- The Family Law Council report has been released
- What are your thoughts on introducing contestability and user choice to our sector?
- Parenting Orders Handbook
- The COAG National Summit on Reducing Violence Against Women
- Consultation on the National Aged Care Advocacy Framework open
- Commonwealth Home Support Program Growth Funding Round now open!
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family wellbeing services in Queensland to grow
- Resource sheet: Supporting young people leaving out-of-home care 
- The Longitudinal Data Conference
- FRSA Events & Training Calendar highlights
- FRSA Jobs Board

Best regards,
Jackie Brady
FRSA Executive Director
FRSA National Conference 2016 Update
Only 6 weeks until the FRSA National Conference!
Have you registered to attend yet? 
Click here to register
Have you decided what you would like to see? 
With an abundance of sessions on offer each day, including our pre-conference workshops, invited speakers, local and international keynote speakers, two panel sessions, gala dinner, the options are endless!
Click here to view the FRSA National Conference Program
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us in the National Office on (02) 6162 1811 or via email.
FRSA is pleased to announce that the upcoming FRSA National Conference 29 November - 1 December 2016 is now an ACWA endorsed CPD event.

Members can claim CPD points for their participation.  

To find out more information,
please visit here

Sponsorship of the FRSA Conference is a great way to promote your organisation/business to the Family and Relationship Service sector. Benefits to sponsoring FRSA conference include; brand exposure, variety of sponsorship packages available, complimentary registrations and tickets and networking opportunities with leaders in the sector and conference delegates. 

Prospective sponsors can view the sponsorship opportunities for the FRSA Conference in the Sponsorship Prospectus,
available here

About Uniting
FRSA is delighted that Uniting are supporting the FRSA Conference as a Gold Sponsor! 

Uniting is the services and advocacy arm of the Uniting Church, and is one of NSW and the ACT’s largest providers of independent living and residential aged and health care services. Uniting delivers a broad range of services to support children and families in NSW.
Uniting has been supporting families for nearly 40 years with services that include counselling for individuals, couples and children, mediation and relationship education.
Uniting's range of counselling and mediation services includes:
Family Counselling when relationships in a family are under strain, children are having difficulty with school and friends or there are problems within the extended family, re-partnering, alcohol, drugs, fighting and arguing then family counselling might be a good option.
Couples Counselling can be helpful if there are concerns about closeness and intimacy, there has been a lot of fighting, a desire to get better at parenting or if one member of the partnership is considering separation. 
Individual Counselling for grief and loss, depression and anxiety, life changes, worries at work and or home.
Separation Counselling to work through the difficult emotions and changes following separation.
The Keeping Contact Program works specifically with parents who are experiencing difficulty making their Court Orders and parenting arrangements work.  The program aims to strengthen relationships between parents and children helping them avoid the pain and distress of conflict post-separation.
The Anchor is a specialised program that supports children and adolescents after separation employing community outreach, child consultation, and therapeutic support services. 
Uniting's Gambling Help Counselling Service uses a specialised model of counselling to minimise the negative impacts of gambling.  Gambling Help works with the person who is gambling, their partners and children.
Uniting also provides Relationship Education, Family Dispute Resolution and Property Mediation
For all Uniting services, please visit

Uniting has a registered training branch called the Uniting Institute of Education. Uniting Institute of Education provides nationally recognised qualifications in counselling, mediation and community services. 

Uniting Institute of Education also deliver professional development across a range of industries from education, health and community services to law enforcement, financial, and the business sectors. 

For more information, please visit:
The Family Law Council Report has been released

The Attorney-General, the Hon George Brandis, released the Family Law Council’s Report on Families with Complex Needs and the Intersection of the Family Law and Child Protection Systems at the National Family Law Conference earlier this week.
This is the 2nd Instalment in response to Terms of Reference issued by the Attorney-General to the Family Law Council in October 2014. This Report focuses on collaboration and information sharing within the family law system (between family courts and the family relationship services); enhancing collaboration and information sharing between the family law system and other relevant support services such as child protection, mental health, family violence etc, and gaps in data (Terms of Reference 3, 4 & 5).
In releasing the Report, the Attorney General acknowledged that it was a major contribution to identifying solutions for the challenges facing Australians involved in the family law and child protection systems.
The report is available
here and will only be available on-line.
What are your thoughts on introducing contestability and user choice to our sector?

FRSA is submitting a response to the Productivity Commission’s Preliminary Findings Report: Introducing greater competition, contestability and informed user choice (pages 26-29 relate to our sector).
If you would like us to capture your de-identified thoughts in our submission please do not hesitate to share them with FRSA Senior Policy Officer Dr Adam Heaton on 02 6162 1811 or at by no later than Tuesday 25 October, 2016.     
Parenting Orders Handbook

Parenting orders - what you need to know publication prepared by the Attorney-Generals Department with the assistance of Professor Richard Chisholm AM. 

It is a practical resource designed to assist parents with drafting parenting orders and is also helpful to people assisting parents, including legal practitioners, counsellors, and mediators.

Importantly, it will help people produce clearly written parenting orders that are made with the best interests of the child at heart.
The COAG National Summit on Reducing Violence Against Women
The COAG National Summit on Reducing Violence Against Women will be held in Brisbane 27-28 October, 2016. The theme of the Summit is Connect, Act, Change. 

Hosted by the Queensland Government in partnership with the Commonwealth, the Summit will bring together governments, frontline services, business, community leaders, experts in the field and not-for-profit sector.

At the summit, delegates are participating in a series of roundtable discussions on several topics about reducing violence against women and children, including:
The discussions will focus on emerging evidence, progress, best practice and new ideas.

For those wanting to get involved, you can participate in the online roundtable discussions
by registering here, and submit your views and ideas on each individual roundtable page. 

Views presented in the submissions will be presented during the roundtable discussion. 

For more information,
please visit the website here.

Consultation on the National Aged Care Advocacy Framework open

The Department of Health has undertaken a review of Commonwealth aged care advocacy services to identify how aged care consumers can be supported by individual advocacy to effectively access and interact with the aged care system. The outcomes of the review will inform the redesign of the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP). 

Development of a Framework was a key finding of the review to support a nationally consistent approach to the delivery of advocacy services for aged care consumers.

The department is committed to working with advocacy providers and key stakeholders in the development of the Framework.

To participate in the consultation please visit the department’s 
consultation hub.

Submissions close on Friday 28 October, 2016.
Commonwealth Home Support Program Growth Funding Round now open!
Growth funding of up to $115 million over two years from 2016-17 is now available under the Commonwealth Home Support Program Growth Funding Round

Existing and prospective aged care providers of Commonwealth Home Support Program services are invited to apply for funding to support older people to live independently within their communities.

Information for applicants, including the target priority services and locations, is available on the
Department of Health’s website.

Applicants can also contact a dedicated hotline on 1800 214 398 or
email for more information.

Tenders close on Tuesday 29 November, 2016.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family wellbeing services in Queensland to grow

Tenders are open in Queensland for wellbeing services to help better support and protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

The roll out of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services will include new services in 15 locations across Queensland. As part of the first stage, four centres in Roma, Mackay, South Burnett and Moreton Bay are expected to open in December.

Tenders close on Friday 21 October, 2016.

To read more, or to view tender,
please click here
Supporting young people leaving
out-of-home care

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Child Family Community Australia have published a paper identifying the key areas of support that may help young people to successfully transition from out-of-home care (OOHC). 

Children and young people in OOHC are one of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and traumatised populations in the Australian community.

Please click here to read the resource sheet.
The Longitudinal Data Conference is Australia’s first major public event to focus on survey and administrative longitudinal data, the ways in which it can inform Australia’s social policy and the key policy questions that should be driving the research agenda.

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

Upcoming Events & Training for the next fortnight


Anti-Poverty Week
16-22 October 2016
Anti-Poverty Week in 2016
focuses on poverty around the world, especially in the poorest countries but also in wealthier countries such as Australia.

National Carers Week
16-22 October 2016
National Carers Week, 2016 is a time to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution that Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers make to our nation.


Trauma-informed care and practice
Blueknot Foundation
9:00am - 4:30pm Monday 24 October 2016
Addina Apartment Hotel, 189 Queen Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000
This one-day interactive professional development training provides attendees with the knowledge and skills to, better inform them about, and be sensitive to the possibility of past and present traumas in clients and staff, and the vulnerabilities which accompany them.


Solution focused brief therapy
Compass Seminars
Monday 24 October 2016 - Tuesday 25 October 2016
18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150
Cost: $550
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) offers professionals an efficient, user-friendly and evidenced based approach that is responsive to the practical realities of working with young people and adults. The role of counsellors, and other professionals rests largely on the ability to interact with people in ways that emphasises individuals’ strengths/ resources, identifies possible solutions and supports movement to change.

Roadmap to ethical compliance (1-day) workshop
Groupwork Solutions
9:00am - 4:30pm Wednesday 26 October 2016
Cnr Brisbane and Wingewarra St, Dubbo, NSW 2830
Cost: $242
Managing the complex ethical and compliance issues that come with work in the community sector, whether this be with staff, clients, stakeholders or even government officials, can divert your precious energy and resources away from your mission and clients. 


Dyadic developmental practice
Compass Seminars
Monday 24 October 2016 - Thursday 27 October 2016
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane QLD 4000
Cost: $2100
This introductory 28-hour training course is relevant to professionals and therapists who have experience in communicating with and working therapeutically with children and young people and their families. It is focused on families and residential care homes when children have experienced past developmental trauma and have associated attachment difficulties.

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 those to advertise job opportunities and positions within their services and the sector.

If you are interested in advertising your vacancy on our board, please get in

Did you know we also promote jobs on the FRSA Jobs Board via Twitter?
To view job opportunities advertised, search using the #FRSAJobsBoard hashtag.

Below is a snapshot of some of the current positions advertised.


Part time support worker
Domestic Violence after-hours response
CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay


Group Facilitators
Mens Behaviour Change Programs
Relationships Australia Victoria
Melbourne, Regional Victoria, Grampians and Hume regions


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Advisors (AICA)
Relationships Australia NT


Counsellor - Health and Wellbeing Services
Centacare - Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton

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

FRSA Member Entitlement
As a Member of FRSA, all FRSA Member delegates will be provided login details via their listed delegate email, allowing them access to the FRSA Jobs Board where free posting and advertisement is available to the sector.
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