FRSA eBulletin - Wednesday 8 March 2017
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Happy International Womens’ Day. A big shout out to all the wonderful women and men who ensure that women are encouraged and enabled to reach the best of their ability free of prejudice.

Families have a big role to play in shaping gender equality. It is in that environment that many of us start to build our own understanding of gender. This is certainly acknowledged in the various governments’ responses to reduce violence against women and their children, with the range of educational campaigns directed towards boys and girls about what healthy relationships between men and women/boys and girls should look like.  Perhaps there is also an opportunity to inform and influence a broader gender equality agenda?

On a personal note, I reflect on my own upbringing.  Being female was not a barrier to anything and both mum and dad were strong advocates for being able to achieve whatever it was my sister and I put our minds to. In fact, my first job was as a tyre fitter working with my dad. I still think back to those days and relish in the memories of my dad turning away customers who were not happy about a young woman changing their tyres.  Go dad!  It was in the mid 80’s afterall.

The other day I was at Parliament House with my children. It was towards the end of the school holidays, as I wanted them to roll down the hills of Parliament House, just in case the fence does go up!  Whilst there we did a tour and I was pretty impressed with my kids (two girls and a boy) when they wanted to know more about The Women’s Suffrage Banner, which hangs on one of the walls in Parliament House (I would put it in a more prominent position if it was my choice).  I was also proud to be able to say that Australia was the first country in the world to allow most Australian women the right to both vote and stand in Commonwealth elections.  It is of course disappointing that Aboriginal people were not afforded equal rights to vote until the early 60’s – regrettably the list of failings by this country regarding our respect for Aboriginal people is a long one.

For each of us, our experience is different, but days such as today do indeed give us an opportunity to reflect and think about our own role in living up to the theme for this year – Be Bold for Change!  #beboldforchange.

The full
Strategic Leadership Forum programme is now readily available on our website! This key Member Only event is critical for those interested in influencing the future of Government funded services and service delivery design. This does require a mix of learning and listening and we have worked hard to find the best speakers and facilitators to get the right balance for the Strategic Leadership Forum this year.

Please share this information within your organisation and with your colleagues. Further information is available on the
FRSA website.

We also have a couple of research requests out with the sector. Both are focused on the Family Law Services area of the sector’s work. The researchers, AIFS and Dr Bruce Smyth, do need candidates to inform their research endeavours and I ask you to look closely at the information provided in the e-bulletin about both
Bruce’s work (exploring strategies practitioners use when working with high conflict cases) and AIFS (wanting to learn more about children’s experiences of family law services).  It would be great if you could assist Bruce and/or AIFS.

Also in this issue you will find:
Try, Test & Learn Fund update
- FRSA Strategic Leadership Forum 2017
- Sector movements
- ANU Survey of Family Law System Professionals reminder
- Children and Young People in Separated Families Research Project
- ACOSS Budget Submission 2017 released
- Awards & Grants 
- FRSA Events & Training Calendar highlights
- FRSA Jobs Board

Kind regards,
Jackie Brady
FRSA Executive Director

FRSA Strategic Leadership Forum 2017
Reaching our Full Potential Together

28 Tuesday - 29 Wednesday March, 2017
Rydges Capital Hill, 17 Canberra Ave, Forrest ACT 2603

Registration is open right up to the wire!
Single and duo tickets available - a cheaper rate is offered when you book for two.

Ticket pricing
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).

Visit SLF 2017 webpage for more information or contact the FRSA Office on (02) 6162 1811. 
Register here!
Try, Test & Learn Fund update

When the Fund applications closed on 24 February 2017, just under 400 applications had been lodged on the DSS ‘Engage’ website in response to the first wave of priority in the Fund – young parents, young carers and young people at risk of leaving school early.

We are looking forward to having Murray Kimber from DSS as a speaker on the Strategic Leadership Forum Programme. Although he will not be in a position to speak to specific ideas submitted as part of that process, the Department was certainly keen to have a conversation with FRSA members about the Try, Test & Learn process itself. 

Your feedback will have the potential to influence future rounds in the Fund.

Click here to register for SLF.
Sector movements

Nothing stays static in this sector for long, below is a few of the key changes that have happened in the past month since our previous update in FRSA eBulletin No.1, 2017 Leadership changes in the sector.

Benevolent Society becomes takes up NSW Govt Disability Support Services
Australia's oldest charity and FRSA Member The Benevolent Society announce that they are now a leader in the provision of specialist disability community support - now the new of Australia’s largest provider of clinical services for people with disability. An exciting challenge and massive transition to integrate together.

Save the Children merger with Hands on Learning Australia (HoLA)
Save the Children, also an FRSA Member, and Victoria organisation, Hands on Learning Australia (HoLA) on 1 April will merge to significantly scale up their work to prevent disengaged children from dropping out of school. The two charities will be working together to re-engage vulnerable children in school to improve their education and life outcomes. There are plans to go national with this project.
This will be a regular feature in our eBulletins going forward, if there are changes in your organisation, please get in touch here.

ANU Survey of Family Law System Professionals reminder

Associate Professor Bruce Smyth from the Australian National University is investigating how families stuck in high-conflict make shared-time arrangements after separation ‘work’ (or not ‘work’) for their children – emotionally, practically and financially.
He’s seeking the views of family law system professionals (e.g., FDRPs, mediators, lawyers, judicial officers, etc.) about: (a) their attitudes to shared-time arrangements in different circumstances; (b) whether they use particular strategies when working with high-conflict clients or cases; and (c) what impact – if any – working with high-conflict cases has on their personal wellbeing. Bruce is hoping you might be willing to help by participating in this important study.
Participation is voluntary. The survey is anonymous, and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. All information will be treated in strict confidence as far as allowed by law. 
It would be appreciated if this Invitation-to-Participate message could be circulated to frontline and other relevant staff in your organisation.
To take the survey, please click
More detailed information is available in the
Participant Information Sheet.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the study, please contact Bruce on (+61) 1800 702 927 (toll free, business hours AEDT) or email:
The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the Australian National University Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2013/574).
Many thanks on Bruce’s behalf for considering this request.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is currently recruiting participants in its Children and Young People in Separated Families Research Project

They are seeking children and young people aged 10-17 and their families to talk to about their experiences when their parents have separated, and what services might be helpful for young people. They are seeking families who have recently finalised or are soon to finalise all parenting and/or property/financial arrangements. 

Participants can expect in-depth semi structured individual interviews with children and young people and a short separate interview with one parent of the child or young person. All interviews and discussions of sensitive and personal nature will be used only for research purposes only.

If your service has a client family that you think might fit this criteria, please let them know about the project. AIFS offer a variety of contact methods and want to hear from those who have experienced this.
•    Go to 
•    Call 1800 720 142 (freecall except for mobiles)
•    SMS 0448 383 007 (incl. your name & phone/email), or
•    Email (incl. your name & phone/email)
For more information about the study, visit:

Please share with your networks and if you have any questions, please view the FAQ sheet here.
Thank you for your help with this important research.
ACOSS Budget Submission 2017 released

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has released its 2017 Budget Submission calling on the Turnbull Government to throw out harsh proposals that have repeatedly failed to pass Parliament and adopt budget policies that are fair and sustainable.

To read the ACOSS Budget Submission,
please click here

Grant fund offering up to $600,000 to NFPs based in South Australia

Australian Executor Trustees (AET), one of Australia’s largest professional trustee organisations, today launched its AET Discretionary Grants Program for 2017/18 at an event in Adelaide.
The AET Discretionary Grants Program brings together 13 charitable trusts whose donors have entrusted AET to make granting decisions on their behalf. The Program will grant up to $600,000 to eligible charitable organisations before 30 June 2017. 
The aim of the Program is to invest in South Australian based not-for-profit organisations (or those delivering programs in South Australia) that are building organisational capacity and effectiveness.
Funding will be provided to eligible not-for-profit organisations that demonstrate leadership through: adapting their organisation and revenue models; developing capability in their staff, volunteers or partners through professional learning opportunities; and developing new and innovative programs.

The AET Discretionary Grants Program forms part of the nearly $6 million AET will distribute to Australian charities in 2017 as trustee on behalf of over as trustee for over 100 charitable trusts.

The funding round closes on Monday 1 May 2017. Organisations that meet the funding criteria for the AET Discretionary Grants Program and are endorsed as Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipients are encouraged to apply.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to For more information, click here.

Greater Charitable Foundation funding for families and communities in NSW and South-East Queensland

Each calendar year the Foundation will provide approximately $1 million to programs, based either in NSW or South-East Queensland, which are designed to improve the life outcomes of their beneficiaries.

The Foundation's two key priority areas for funding are families and communities. 


Projects which may focus on the following:

  • Providing support to vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged families. These may include families with low incomes, young parent families, jobless families, sole parent families, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, families from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, families with a parent or child who has a disability, and families experiencing problems with housing, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health;
  • Early intervention services for children and young people;
  • Improving the health and well-being of families;
  • Increasing access and pathways to services for regional and rural families;
  • Strengthening family cohesion.


Projects which may focus on the following:

  • Facilitating social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, training and employment;
  • Enhancing community safety and wellbeing;
  • Promoting child and youth social inclusion and engagement;
  • Encouraging leadership and diverse educational opportunities;
  • Strengthening community capacity through increasing connectedness.
For more information, or to apply, please click here

Applications close 5pm Monday 20 March 2017.


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

1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching | BRISBANE | Manage difficult behaviour in children
8.30am - 4.30pm, Friday 10 March 2017
South Leagues Club, Davies Park, Jane Street, West End, QLD 4101
Cost: $398
1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching is a program for family services professionals who work with families and/or children aged between 2 and 12 years.

Distressed or Deliberately Defiant? with Dr Judith Howard
9.00am - 3.00pm, Friday 10 March 2017
Toowoomba City Golf Club, 254 South Street, Toowoomba, QLD 4350
Cost: $240
Grounded in attachment theory and neuroscience research, this seminar will explore why these children and young people often defy rules and authority, can sabotage even the most supportive of relationships and can continually put themselves at-risk. 

Executive Skills in the Classroom with Dr Anna Bortoli
9.00am - 3.30pm, Tuesday 14 March 2017
Batman's Hill on Collins, 623 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria.
Cost: $240
At some point, to some degree all children struggle with getting organised, exercising self-control, and getting on with others. But some kids seem to need constant supervision and help far beyond the point their peers are beginning to manage certain tasks on their own.

Responding to family violence in the workplace
9.30am - 3.30pm, Tuesday 21 March 2017 
Melbourne Family Relationship Centre, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Cost: $280
As well as affecting individuals and families, family violence can also impact workplaces as it is likely that some of your staff will have experienced this issue directly or indirectly. This interactive training is designed to assist managers and staff to feel confident in raising and responding to family violence concerns with their staff. Participants will gain knowledge about family violence and have an opportunity to explore and practice skills in the difficult task of responding to these situations, from both a personal and an organisational perspective.

If you would like to add your event or training to the FRSA Events & Training board,
please get in touch.

'Measuring outcomes in programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families and communities’
Date: 1.30pm - 2.30pm, Wednesday 15 March, 2017.

This free, online webinar delivered by Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will discuss ways to measure the outcomes of programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families and communities.

Drawing on past evaluations, practice wisdom and lessons learnt in the field, this webinar will encourage professionals who are thinking about evaluating the outcomes of a program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families or communities to consider evidence in a different light.

Fathering on all Cylinders
Date: 7.00pm - 8.00pm, Tuesday 28 March, 2017.

This webinar held by Lifeworks is for fathers of children 12 years and younger. The webinar is an introduction to a range of key concepts and will provide some practical strategies.
Being a Dad can be one of the best jobs in the world. Like most jobs it can take time to learn the ropes. There are some things that will come naturally and others you need to work at. This introductory webinar is designed to provide insights and practical tips on how to shift your parenting into top gear.

Recognise & Repair: Addressing the Uniqueness of Adoptive Parenting
Date: 1.00pm - 3.00pm, Tuesday 28 March, 2017.

Parenting children through adoption can be exceptionally rewarding, but it is also a demanding and challenging task which requires great skill and sensitivity.  This workshop is intended to provide adoptive parents with a framework to better understand the behaviour of their children so they can settle and flourish in their family.
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.


Program Co-ordinator – Forced Adoption Support Services
Relationships Australia Victoria

Coordinator Family & Relationship Counselling
CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay

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