FRSA eBulletin - Wednesday 25 January, 2017
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Welcome to 2017
Planning is always a task of first order in this part of the year. It has certainly been a focus of our work here at FRSA as we set about preparing for a range of events and meetings for our network.
Of first order will be the Strategic Leadership Forum (previously the Senior Executive Forum). Importantly – for your diaries – we have settled on Tuesday 28 March 2017 and Wednesday 29 March 2017. This will be the first time we have a chance to bring the network together for 2017 and we have recently met with AGD and DSS representatives to get a sense of shared priorities and issues that we will look to address in the Strategic Leadership Forum.  Also important to note – a decision was taken by the Board, based on feedback from previous attendees, not to hold the Parliament Briefing Day (the numerous individual meetings with various Senators and MPs). Instead, we will host a breakfast for delegates and for invited Senators and MP’s in the Mural Hall at Parliament House on the morning of Wednesday 29 March. We look forward to bringing you more details about the event over the next two weeks.
Another key event for the FRSA network is the National Conference. This will be held this year on 22-24 November 2017 in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention Centre. I also ask that this be noted on your calendars and factored into your forward agenda as you plan for the year ahead.
2017 is also the year that the Child Inclusive Forum will be held. This is a more niche segment of the FRSA membership and will be held in Adelaide, 18-20 October 2017.
Our sector is at the mid-point with the majority federal government of funding agreements. Whilst June 2019 seems a long way away in terms of planning for funding cycles and procurement processes, we are also looking to continue adding our voice to the range of conversations with AGD and DSS about these matters.
I thank you for your continuing your engagement and support of the FRSA network, and look forward to working with you in the year ahead.

Best regards,
Jackie Brady
FRSA Executive Director

Featured in this eBulletin you will find:

Save the Date - FRSA National Conference 2017
- Leadership changes in the sector
- ACNC Annual Information Statements due!
- New National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families
- Aboriginal fathers: Stayin' on track
- Research Report - Safe and sound: The safety of young people in residential care
- Literature review by ICPS
- Marymead and Parentline ACT working together
- Join the study for best practice guidelines for suicide prevention
- CFCA paper - The long-term effects of child sexual abuse
- Children and young people in separated families study
- Call out to Victorian Services in response to Elder Abuse
- St.George Foundation offering grants up to $50,000
- In late 2016 FRSA was excited to launch the first e-journal of peer-reviewed papers of the FRSA National Conference 2016! 
- FRSA Annual Report
- Registered Charity Status
- FRSA Events & Training Calendar highlights
- FRSA Jobs Board
Leadership changes in the sector

Now that 2017 is back in full force, there are a few leadership changes from within our sector to report on. Beginning with changes to FRSA member organisations. 

FMC Mediation and Counselling
Mid-2016, Kim O'Neill moved on as CEO at FMC Mediation and Counselling and Graeme Westaway stepped into the Acting position during the Board's recruitment process. As of December 2016 FMC Mediation and Counselling welcomed new CEO, Serge Sardo. Mr Sardo previously held the position of CEO at Victorian Responsible Gaming Foundation for four years and prior to that was CEO of Australian Human Resources Institute.

CatholicCare Sydney
Mark Phillips will step into the role of CEO at CatholicCare Sydney, succeeding former CEO Bernard Boerma who spent 12 years in the role. Mr Phillips has long been involved in a voluntary and philanthropic capacity with a range of charities, and has been actively involved with the Catholic Church. 

Relationships Australia South Australia
Relationships Australia South Australia saw Deputy CEO and Director of the Australian Institute of Social Relations, Clair Ralfs take up the CEO position at the beginning of October 2016, farewelling former CEO, Judith Cross, with a celebration after her 16 years of leadership with RASA and eight years at COPE (the Centre of Personal Education).

CentaCare Wilcannia Forbes
CentaCare Wilcannia Forbes will see a change in CEO also, with Phil Lawler retiring after almost six years in the postion. CentaCare has announced that Anne-Marie Mioche will step into the leadership role. Previously CEO at Playgroups Australia, Ms Mioche brings many years of experience in working in the non for profit sector. She has held positions as the inaugural CEO for Carers Australia and CEO for Families Australia. Mr Lawler will retire from his role officially on 27 January 2017 and has planned to set off on a caravan trip around Australia.

Following the retirement of Uniting Director Families, Clive Price, Uniting welcomed Bob Mulchay to the position of Director Resilient Families in June 2016. In his former role as Communities Operations at Uniting, he was responsible for portfolios of Early Learning, Disability, Families, Out Of Home Care (OOHC), Newpin and the Uniting Institute of Education (UIE). 

Baptist Care Australia
From mid-February, Baptist Care Australia will welcome Marcia Balzer who has accepted the role of Executive Director. Ms Balzer is a professional executive with a strong background in management of issues in complex multi-stakeholder environments. Baptist Care Australia will farewell current Executive Director Carolyn Kelshaw, who will be returning back to home base in the Blue Mountains and Sydney to be closer to her family, 

Mallee Family Care
With over 20 years experience within the Mallee Family Care Agency, Teresa Jayet was appointed Executive Director in June 2016. Teresa has worked as a ­financial counsellor, overseen its family relationship services program and directed corporate ­services. Mallee Family Care farewells Fiona Harley who will be moving on but will continue in her position as FRSA Board Member. 

Catholic Social Services Australia
Following the annoucement in October 2016, Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO will join CSSA as their CEO. Professor Brennan, a Jesuit priest, has held significant roles in academia, public policy and advocacy. CSSA has farewelled Marcelle Mogg who has taken on new challenges and is now working with St John of God Health Care.

After 27 years at Australian Greek Welfare Society (now PRONIA) Voula Messimeri is stepping down from the position of CEO. The Board of Directors has appointed Tina Douvos-Stathopoulos as the new CEO as of 1 January 2017. Tina has been a long serving senior Manager and Deputy Director at PRONIA and she brings a combination of strong managerial and advocacy skills to the role of CEO as well as a demonstrated knowledge of the needs of the Greek speaking community in Melbourne and Victoria. 

Volunteering Australia
Volunteering Australia announced the appointment of Adrienne Picone as their new CEO in October 2016, with CEO at the time Brett Williamson finishing up in December 2016 to return home to his family base Brisbane. Ms Picone previously held the role of CEO of Volunteering Australia Tasmania and has been a great contributor to many significant Volunteering Tasmania and Volunteering Australia initiatives. 
ACNC Annual Information Statements due!

Charities that report using the standard July to June financial year are required to submit their 2016 Annual Information Statement before 31 January 2017.

This year, ACNC has a variety of tools and resources available to help charities submit their Annual Information Statements (AIS) with ease. Resources include a
webinar providing an overview of the ACNC report requirements (you can register here), Checklist, AIS Statement Guide, and the Worksheet 2016 to help draft your answers to share with your charity's board or committee for approval.   

To learn more about reporting, please visit:

To submit your AIS,
click here to go directly to the portal.
New National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families

In December, 2016 the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, launched the National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families in which aims to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children get a better start in life. 

The focus of the Framework is on bringing a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing that draws on the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures to inform how high quality, evidence-based child and family health services are delivered. 

Click here to learn more.
Aboriginal fathers: Stayin' on track is a series of online resources developed by Aboriginal men for Aboriginal dads. 

It is a place to yarn up about fathering children at a young age, including shared stories, experiences from becoming and being a father and the bumpy ride of birth and beyond.

To learn more, visit the website Aboriginal fathers: Stayin' on track here

Research Report – Safe and sound: The safety of young people in residential care
The Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has recently released a new research report, which presents the finding of a study that explored the safety of young people in residential care. Commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, this study aimed to understand what young people believe institutions are doing to identify, prevent and respond to sexual abuse and problematic sexual behaviours among young people.

Twenty-seven participants aged 10-21 helped to conceptualise safety, identified their key sexual and non-sexual safety concerns, accounted for the ways they believe residential care units were preventing and responding to abuse-related issues and made suggestions on what they believed might be done to better keep them safe within residential settings.
This study was undertaken by ICPS at ACU in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University; and builds on the larger Children’s Safety Study conducted in 2015.
For more information about the project and to download the full report, visit:
Literature review by ICPS 

A new literature review is now available from the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS), titled Foster carer attraction, recruitment, support and retention

This report aims to review the literature available on what works to help people to make the complicated choice to become a home-based carer, and on the evidence regarding retention of these carers for children in out-of-home care.

To read the literature review,
please visit here.
Marymead and Parentline ACT working together 

Marymead Child & Family Centre announced a six month collaboration with Parentline ACT from January to June 2017 to provide free and confidential phone and centre based counselling, as well as information and support to parents and carers. Sadly this initiative was defunded in 2012.

The collaborative efforts will help continue to support families in times of need. 
To learn more, please visit: 

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 sucide 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 
CFCA paper - The long-term effects of child sexual abuse
The Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) recently released a paper reviewing recent Australian and international research on the long-term effects of child sexual abuse.

The paper aims to assist practitioners and policy-makers who work with survivors of sexual abuse and their families to understand the significant findings from this large and sometimes complex body of research.

To read the full paper,
please click here

Children and young people in separated families study

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is conducting a new study to help find out how family law system services can best help children when their parents separate. 

AIFS invites children and young people aged 10-17 years whose parents have separated, and one of their parents, to share their experiences.

This research is aimed at better understanding the experiences of children and young people after the separation of their parents, and the extent to which their needs are met by family law system services.

To participate or find out more, visit

Call out to Victorian Services in response to Elder Abuse

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) would like to invite Victorian services to complete a survey on elder abuse to help provide a broader understanding of elder abuse and what is needed to address it. 

The key focus of the survey is to find out what prevention and early intervention measures are being used in Victoria, and whether they are effective. This includes interventions that directly address situations of elder abuse, as well as those that seek to lower the risk of an older person experiencing abuse, or interventions that address the personal circumstances of perpetrators of abuse.

The survey takes approximately 25 minutes to complete, and allows space for any further information the participant wishes to add. 

To complete the survey,
please click here.

For more information, please visit 
the National Ageing Research Institute website here

St.George Foundation offering grants up to $50,000

St. George Foundation is calling on community organisations focused on providing brighter futures for children to apply for grant funding of up to $50,000 each, with applications now open.

Grants will be awarded to eligible Australian community organisations that work to provide a brighter future for socially, economically or physically disadvantaged children.

To be eligible for funding, an organisation must:

  • focus its efforts on Australian children under the age of 18 years
  • be located in NSW, ACT, QLD or WA
  • have a gross annual revenue of less than $3,000,000
  • receive less than 40 per cent of its income from recurrent state, federal or local government funding (unless it receives an income less than $1 million per annum, in which case Government funding can exceed 40 per cent)
  • be endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (but not another ancillary fund). Deductible Gift Recipients must be listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936.
Applications are open until 10 February 2017. To find out more about the process to apply, visit
In late 2016 FRSA was excited to launch the first e-journal of peer-reviewed papers of the FRSA National Conference 2016!
This first edition e-journal reflects the 2016 FRSA National Conference theme Measuring Success in the family and relationship sector for the wellbeing of children, families and communities.

From the 70 abstracts submitted to the Conference, successful authors were invited to expand on their ideas and submit a 6,000 word paper. After an extensive blind review process, those successful were selected for publication in the e-journal.

Reflecting the Conference concurrent session streams, the successful papers focus on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, the first 1000 days, and successful workforce preparedness in the sector (originally submitted for the 2015 FRSA Conference). 

The e-journal is freely available via
our website.

FRSA was most excited to launch this publication and looks forward to publishing future e-journals that align with FRSA conferences in years to come. 
FRSA Annual Report 2015-16 is now available, click here to download your copy, or view via the FRSA website. 
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


Mediation Short Course
Relationships Australia Victoria
Sunday 1 - Tuesday 3 February, 2017
Cost: $2800
Mediation is a structured and facilitated negotiation process in which an independent person (a mediator), assists the relevant parties to generate options and negotiate an agreement to resolve a dispute. Participants of this five-day course will learn the knowledge and skills of the mediation process, and how to apply these to dispute resolution in a variety of situations such as workplaces, community settings and with clients or customers. 

The Specialist Course In Couple Therapy
Relationships Australia Victoria
Tuesday 7 February, 2017
The SCCT introduces students to the knowledge, theories and skills to effectively work with couples within a counselling setting. Course topics include emotional regulation and the brain, intimacy and sexuality, separation and loss, re-partnered couples and blended families, and assessing for and working with partner violence.


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.

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.

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.


Intake & Administration Officer – Casual Role
Relationships Australia NSW

Head of Media & Corporate Affairs - 10 Month Fixed Term Maternity Leave Contract
Mission Australia

Client Services Receptionist - 2 Fixed term roles available
Relationships Australia NSW


Family Violence Practitioner, North/West Victoria
Relationships Australia Victoria

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