FRSA eBulletin - Wednesday 15 February, 2017
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They’re baaaack!
Week two and Parliament and the politicians are in full flight.

Highlighted in the media this week was the Omnibus Bill. The proposed package aims to cut almost $8 billion in welfare spending, and will provide $1.6 billion in extra funding to child care, and $3 billion into increased payments for child care assistance, which is being paid by cuts to family tax benefits and paid parental leave. A recent addition to the package was the announcement that a $3 billion fund will be funnelled into a designated kitty for the NDIS – funded out of proposed welfare savings.

Whilst I am always dubious about the influence of the Treasurer’s pre-budget submission process in terms of impact on budget decisions – what it does do is provide organisations with an opportunity to state their key Federal Government Budget priorities. One of the issues highlighted in FRSA’s pre-budget submission was concern about the cuts to Family Tax Benefit & supplementary payments – calling on the government to defer decisions until such time as more comprehensive modelling was available for perusal. When you are living on a shoestring budget – any cuts to household income will have an impact. Now that the Omnibus Bill has been referred off to
Committee – I am hopeful that modelling will in fact be sought out by the Committee itself and that we will in fact have a clearer understanding of the impact on the bottom line for those families who will be affected by the proposed changes.

To think that the Government has actively chosen to peg people in receipt of various forms of welfare payments against those involved in the NDIS scheme has been an unfortunate tactic in their attempts to get support for the Omnibus Bill from the cross benchers. We know that pitting one worthy group against another (ie: clients of Family Law Services against clients of Community Legal Services – as has occurred in the past) reaps no winners at the end of the day.  Someone is always going to miss out.

Whilst I fully understand the Government’s priority to bring the budget back into surplus – it really is time to look at some of the bigger ticket budget savings outlined by organisations such as
Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in the past.

Yesterday marked the 9th anniversary of National Sorry Day with the Government updating Parliament on outcomes against their strategic plan. 
Progress has certainly fallen short of expectations in 6 out of the 7 priority areas. An area of key concern for FRSA is the rate of removal of Aboriginal children from their family and community. We are proud to support SNAICC as part of their ‘Family Matters’ campaign and have taken the opportunity in our pre-budget submission to highlight these priorities to Government. The official National Sorry Day is held on 26 March each year.  

In other FRSA news, as we inch closer and closer to March, it is timely to remind FRSA Members about the 
FRSA Strategic Leadership Forum

The theme of the forum is 'Reaching our full potential together' will be held 28-29 March in Canberra. As this is a Member only event, we strongly encourage CEO's and Executive Directors within their organisations to invite their staff and colleagues to help us workshop and unpack issues associated with funding, service delivery design and evaluation. A Parliamentary breakfast will also be included, providing FRSA Members opportunity to meet with Senators and Members of Parliament, as part of the FRSA network.
We have engaged Social Business Fellow Cheryl Kernot from the Centre of Social Impact to facilitate a discussion on commissioning of services. Further details of our speaker line up will be available soon. You can find more information regarding registration in the bulleting below.

Kind regards,
Jackie Brady
FRSA Executive Director


Featured in this eBulletin you will find:

FRSA Strategic Leadership Forum 2017
- FRSA at the DSS Try Test and Learn (TTL) Fund Policy Hack
- FRSA's Pre-Budget Submission
- How to explain to your clients why you are asking them for information about them (as per DSS DeX and SCORE reporting requirements)
- Productivity Commission Report on Government Services (RoGS) released
- Australian Charities Report 2015 released
- Caring for our frontline child protection workforce
- Seeking young kinship carers for research study
- Apply now for National Indigenous Youth in Parliament (NIYP) 2017!
- Join the study for best practice guidelines for suicide prevention
- Westpac Foundation
- Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund grant
Registered Charity 
- Save the Date - FRSA National Conference 2017
FRSA Events & Training Calendar highlights
- Relationships Australia Neighbours Day
- FRSA Jobs Board
FRSA Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF) 2017
'Reaching our full potential together'

FRSA invites all its Members to join us at the FRSA Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF) 2017 to be held 28-29 March at Rydges Capital Hill and Parliament House, Canberra.

The theme of the forum, 'Reaching our full potential together', provides an opportunity for FRSA, senior representatives and emerging leaders from organisations within the family and relationship sector to come together and engage on the latest issues associated with funding, service delivery design and evaluation.  

The event will include workshops, discussions, a parliamentary breakfast at Parliament House and the launch of an FRSA comissioned publication. 

Registration to the SLF 2017 will be made available in the coming week. Ticketing prices are as follows.

Member Single Ticket: $550 (including PH breakfast)
Member Single Ticket: $520 (No PH breakfast) or
Member Duo (two tickets): $990 (including PH breakfast)
Member Duo (two tickets): $940 (no PH breakfast)

Please visit the 
SLF 2017 webpage here for more information or contact the FRSA Office on (02) 6162 1811. 
FRSA at the DSS Try Test and Learn (TTL) Fund Policy Hack
FRSA was represented by Senior Policy Officer, Dr Adam Heaton at the DSS Try Test and Learn (TTL) Fund Policy Hack on Friday 10 February in Melbourne.
As previously reported, Government is investing $96.1 million in the TTL Fund to help young people who may be at risk of being on welfare for the long term to find, retain and flourish in long-term employment.
Priority groups for this first cycle are young carers, young parents and young (adult) students at risk of long-term unemployment.
The Hack, administered by DSS, provided a and around 100 representative from other interested organisations in the sector opportunity to brainstorm and pitch innovative ideas to assist young people under the three priority groups. The Government will consider the strength of 10 ideas developed at the Hack, and their suitability for co-development and funding.
Other than these 10 ideas, so far 16 ideas have been submitted to the Government for consideration, which can be viewed
This first cycle opened on 9 December 2016 and closes next Friday 24 February 2017, before DSS will consider each idea against eligibility and selection

To find out more about the TTL Fund and to consider making your own submission please visit the website.
FRSA's Pre-Budget Submission 

FRSA has made a pre-budget submission to the Treasurer in regard to the Australian Government's Budget for 2017-18. 

FRSA's submission outlines a number of priority issues for budget allocation, the first is to continue investing to ensure meaningful and long-term outcomes for children, families and communities and the rest as follows: 
  • Funding extensions and indexation.
  • Funding for Family Law Services to meet the anticipated real costs for delivering services.
  • Support for the Co-ordinated Family Dispute Resolution model of service delivery.
  • Support for a further round of scholarships for people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds in post separation services (FRSA has a project management/administrative function in previous rounds).
  • The potential impact on families by extending freezes on Family Payments Threshold and ceasing Family Tax Benefits Part A end-of-year supplement
  • Our support for funding for Family Matters: Strong communities. Strong culture. Strong children, to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 2040.
To read the full FRSA Pre-Budget Submission, please visit Submissions on the FRSA website. 

How to explain to your clients why you are asking them for information about them (as per DSS DeX and SCORE reporting requirements)
Are your clients asking you why you are collecting their information? 

We recently sought guidance from DSS about words that service providers can use to let clients know why they are collecting information about them.
DSS advised us that they use results based accountability concepts to determine how much is being done, how well it is being done, and whether the service achieved both short and long term outcomes that it is expected to achieve. The Department shares this information back with service providers through a set of self service reports to inform best practice and early intervention approaches to service delivery.
DSS provided us with the following words that service providers can use to explain to clients the reason for collecting information about them:
We (Service provider) receive funding from the Department of Social Services to deliver services to you and the community.
As a part of the services we deliver, we and the Department are interested in better understanding client and community outcomes for individuals accessing funded services, which is the reason why we ask our clients questions about themselves.
This information will be kept confidential and used only by us and the Department for research related purpose, including producing reports designed to help improve the services we deliver to you.
You will never be identified in any published report, publication or on social media.
DSS advised FRSA that service providers should also review Section 4 (Protecting client’s personal information) of the
Data Exchange Protocols, as well as a  Privacy Brochure on the DEX Website.

Productivity Commission Report on Government Services (RoGS) released

The Productivity Commission has released its annual report on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia.

This comprehensive Report covers 17 services, and is being released in seven volumes on:

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

  • Volume A Approach to performance reporting (online only)
  • Volume F Community services (aged care, disability, child protection and youth justice)
  • Volume G Housing and homelessness

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

  • Volume C Justice (police, courts and corrective services)
  • Volume D Emergency management (fire services)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

  • Volume E Health (primary and community health, ambulance, public hospitals, mental health)

Friday, 3 February 2017

  • Volume B Child care, education and training (early childhood education and care, school education and vocational education and training)

Releases will appear on the Productivity Commission website at

To navigate through the report, there is a 'How to find what you need in RoGS' sheet available here.
Australian Charities Report 2015 released
The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) has released the Australia's Charities in 2015 report, which provides the most comprehensive record to date of charities registered with Australia’s charities regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), in 2015. 

The data in the report is collated from all Australian charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) at the end of each charity's 2015 financial year and is available for download, for more information,
click here.

Australia’s charities deliver services, make grants, and perform a wide range of other activities to advance health, education, welfare, religious and other charitable causes.

To read the report and view reports from previous years,
please click here.
Caring for our frontline child protection workforce
The Child Family Community Australia (CFCA), Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has released a research paper on Caring for our frontline child protection workforce.

Frontline child protection work can take significant toll on mental health, and statutory child protection organisations consistently experience high turn over and staff shortages, which have an adverse impact on workplace culture and extra stress on employees.  

Consequently, there is a growing recognition of the need to develop organisational strategies to foster the wellbeing of the frontline child protection workforce. The aim of this paper is to offer some guidance to the management of child protection and related services by drawing on occupational health literature.

To read the paper,
please click here.

The University of Melbourne is conducting research into kinship care arrangements with young kinship carers (age 30 years or under). These include older sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins, family friends, etc.

Data from the Australian census that there are over 10,000 young kinship carers living in their own independent households, and far more living in multi-generational households.

The University of Melbourne invites those who have had experience of care by a young relative or friend to participate in an interview to help understand these care arrangements to better support children and young carers.

Information including an information sheet about interviews is available

In addition to the interviews, the University of Melbourne is conducting a nationwide survey of young kinship carers, and are keen to hear from young kinship carers. You can access the survey here.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact
Meredith Kiraly on 0400 913 659.
Apply now for National Indigenous Youth in Parliament (NIYP) 2017!

The National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) provides an opportunity for Indigenous Youth to come to Canberra, meet Australia’s leaders, learn about democracy and share input on important issues.

Run by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) in collaboration with the YMCA and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), Fifty young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people will be selected, six from each state and territory and two from the Torres Strait, to come to Canberra for the week-long program.

To apply you must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander aged between 16 to 25 years who are willing to stand up and speak about important issues, work as part of a team, travel to new places, meet new people and learn.

For more information, or to complete the online application,
please visit here
Applications close Friday 3 March 2017.

Join the study for best practice guidelines for suicide prevention

A new study is being rolled out in a bid to develop a set of guidelines for crisis care and suicide prevention. 

LifeSpan, an evidence-based approach to suicide prevention developed by the Black Dog Institute and the Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, is calling on people with professional or lived experience of suicide or self-harm to participate in a survey.

Using a Delphi expert consesus method outlining best practice for integrated crisis and aftercare for people who are displaying suicidal behaviour, ideation or self-harm, the guidelines will in particular focus on improvements in the emergency department and hospital settings.

The surveys will run between Febrauary and March. People interested in taking part, or looking for more information can check it out 

Submission's are now open for Westpac Foundation's Social Scale-up Grant program. Designed to help not-for-profit social enterprises that are creating jobs and employment pathways for individuals who often face significant barriers to entering the mainstream job market or who are excluded from the workforce.

Successful recipients will receive $300,000 over 3 years, as well as valuable non-financial support such as business mentoring through our More than Money program, to help scale-up their operations, grow their business and increase their social impact.

For more information, or to apply, please visit the
Westpac Grants page here.

As a registered charity, FRSA is proud to display the Registered Charity™ logo on the FRSA website and future FRSA communication. Your support helps FRSA to continue the work in the family and relationship services sector, supporting the needs and interests of children, families and communities across Australia.

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

Reparenting the Hurt Child with Dr Dave Ziegler
Compass Seminars Australia
Friday 20 February, 2017
Cost: $245
Vulnerable children can be hard to understand and even harder to work with. The effects of trauma from abuse, neglect, violence or other major life events can cause significant disruptions to their psychological, neurological, and emotional development. These disruptions can manifest in the form of complex and challenging behaviours that can last well beyond the childhood years and provide real challenges to even the most skilled therapists, teachers, parents and helping professionals.

THERAPLAY® with Theraplay Institute
Compass Seminars Australia
Wednesday 1 March 2017
Theraplay® is an evidenced-based, attachment-focused intervention utilising non-symbolic, interactional play to re-create experiences of secure attachment formation between parent and child. Therapist-guided short-term, dyadic therapy focuses on improving the child’s behavioural and emotional challenges through the parent-child relationship. In a session, the therapist guides the parent and child through playful games, 

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.
Relationships Australia is the home of Australia's annual celebration of community - Neighbour Day. Neighbour day will take place on Sunday 26th March. 

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood. For more information,
please click here.

Don't forget to register your events via the
FRSA Events and Training Calendar!


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

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

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

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.

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


Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner


Couple and Family Counsellor
Relationships Australia NSW

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