FRSA eBulletin - 18 November 2016
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Ten days out from the FRSA National Conference! This is front and centre for us at the moment but there are other new items to bring to your attention. 
Conference Registrations will be taken up until the end of next week, Friday, 25 November 2016.
Minister Porter said at SEF that his focus was on ‘Data’.

The challenge for us is to deliver and capture the ‘outcomes’ to inform the data. To build a much better understanding, beyond administrative data, of the improvements that our services make in the lives of and for the wellbeing of children, families and communities we work with.
Come join the conversation! Be energised, invigorated and prepared for the challenges ahead.
Just a reminder for FRSA members – our AGM is on 1 December at 8am. Papers went out electronically on 10 November with follow up hard copies in the post. To register your attendance or apology and/or lodge a proxy, please be sure to do so by COB Monday, 28 November 2016.
Hopefully, I will be seeing you in Canberra week after next.

The next e-bulletin will be published in the week beginning Monday 5 December 2016.

In this e-bulletin you will find news on the:

The FRSA National Conference reminder
- FRSA Silver Conference Sponsor
- Child safety and family violence in the courts
- Future directions for the family law system
- Third Action Plan to reduce violence
- The new DSS Community Grants Hub website
- Inaugural Family Matters campaign calls for national strategy
- Productivity Commission releases Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report
- Have your say on a new integrated carer support service system
- Volunteer Grants 2016
- FRSA Events & Training Calendar highlights
- FRSA Jobs Board

Best regards,
Jackie Brady
FRSA Executive Director
FRSA National Conference Reminder!
The FRSA National Conference in Canberra is 10 days away! 

This years’ conference theme is "Measuring Success", a timely theme and important topic for our sector. Through the conference, you will have the opportunity to explore and share your understanding about what measuring outcomes does and can look like in the sector. 

The Conference provides a fantastic opportunity to hear from an incredible line up of international and national keynote speakers. The concurrent session program is filled with a range of outcomes measurement presentations drawn together specifically for the benefit of the family and relationship services sector. Many from within the FRSA network of members are presenting and we are really looking forward to showcasing their work through the FRSA Conference program

This sector specific event is not to be missed.
We look forward  to seeing you there!
Click here to register
If you have not registered for the Conference as yet, it is not too late. We are taking registrations right up to the wire, but don't leave it until the last minute!
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
Visit us on Facebook, or jump on Twitter, remember to tag @FRSAust and use the FRSA Conference hashtag #FRSAConf2016

Child safety and family violence in the courts

Channel 10’s The Project aired a segment last week that raised concerns about child safety and family violence within the Family Law Courts. In response to the story and questions posed by the show’s producers, the Family Court and the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has provided a statement.

It includes responses to recommendations for an improved decision-making process to prioritise urgent cases, as well as issues relating to limited resourcing and lack of funding and how this could restrict the ability of judges to effectively handle a case.

The statement also responds to concerns on whether there is a need for stronger information sharing between family law and relevant service sectors, and if a whole-of-family risk assessment process should implemented to ensure the safety of children who enter the system.

A further statement was provided by the Office of the Attorney-General, which promotes the Australian Government’s priorities to strengthen services for those involved in the family law, family violence and child protection systems.

The full statements are available online at:

Please click here to view the segment on The Project (Tuesday 8 November, 2016) that runs from 27:24 - 35:00(ish), please click here

Future directions for the family law system

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released the latest edition of Family Matters focusing on family law, donor conception and elder abuse

Articles include: Identifying and responding to family violence and child safety concerns and Laying the guideposts for participatory practice: Children’s participation in family law matters.

Click here for the full issue.
Third Action Plan to reduce violence

The Third Action Plan has been released as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022.

The plan outlines what governments, communities, businesses and individuals can do to reduce violence against women and their children. It sets out 36 practical actions, across six national priority areas, to be undertaken over the next three years. 

To learn more,
click here.
The new DSS Community Grants Hub website

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has released the Community Grants Hub website.

The new Community Grants Hub website:
  • advertises grant opportunities;
  • supports service providers with easy to understand information about grant policies, procedures and products;
  • provides tips for strengthening grant applications;
  • allows users to narrow search criteria for upcoming grant rounds;
  • has design features that are user friendly and easy to navigate.
The website has been released in “live beta testing” mode, and DSS is open to your suggestions for improvements for making users’ experience better.

GrantConnect (which will replace is a centralised information system for all Commonwealth grants, with a similar look, feel and functionality to the Government’s AusTender website.

While organisations will be able to search for grant opportunities on both sites, the Community Grants Hub website will complement GrantConnect with more detailed information about grant opportunities for community organisations and easy to understand guidance and policy information for grant applicants and recipients.

There is also contact information on the Hub website for the DSS Hotline, where questions about grants administered and delivered through the Hub can be directed.
To visit the website, please visit:
Inaugural Family Matters campaign calls for national strategy
The inaugural 2016 Family Matters report is warning that the population of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children removed by child protection systems will triple by 2035.

The report launched on Wednesday 9 November, at Parliament House in Canberra, highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are almost 10 times more likely to be removed by child protection authorities than non-Indigenous children.

To address this,
Family Matters, led by SNAICC and supported by more than 150 organisations including leading academics, politians and educational institutions, are calling for action with a comprehensive national strategy.

Click here to read the
Family Matters roadmap.

Productivity Commission releases Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report

The Productivity Commission released the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report today.

This comprehensive report card measures where things have improved (or not) against 52 indicators across a range of areas including governance, leadership and culture, early childhood, education, health, home and safe and supportive communities, and includes case studies on things that work to improve outcomes.

The report is produced in consultation with all Australian governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

To read the report,
please click here

Have your say on a new integrated carer support service system

The Australian Government is calling for submissions on the draft Service Delivery Model  for services to support and sustain the work of unpaid carers.

The draft Service Delivery Model proposes a new integrated carer support service system that outlines both the types of services and how those services are suggested to be delivered in a future model. 

Feedback on the draft Service Delivery Model can be provided by participation in an online survey, or through making a written submission. The survey and submission process will be open from 6 November 2016 at 9am and will close on 15 December at 5pm.

Once finalised, the draft Service Delivery Model will form the basis of a proposal for Government consideration.

For more information, please visit the
website here.

Volunteer Grants 2016
Applications for Volunteer Grants is now open. 

These grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers. They provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. They are part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.

The Community Grants Hub, on behalf of the Department of Social Services (DSS), will shortly be inviting organisations and individuals representing volunteer based community groups to apply for Volunteer Grants 2016 funding.
Applications close at 2.00pm AEDT Tuesday, 20 December 2016.
For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the
Funding Open for Application page.

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


FRSA National Conference
Family & Relationship Services Australia
Tuesday 29 November - Thursday 1 December 2016
National Convention Centre Canberra, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra, ACT 2601
The FRSA National Conference 2016 will have a keen focus on measuring success in the family and relationship sector which remains a critical issue for service providers and their funders. By measuring success we can better identify what works and what does not work in delivery services, toward improving the well being of clients across the life course.


PREPARE/ENRICH Core Training Day Perth (Victoria Park)
9:00am - 4:30pm Monday 21 November, 2016
Victoria Park, WA
Cost: $295
The Core Training Day includes all aspects of the Customised Version necessary to enable and accredit the Facilitator to use the material immediately.


Effective Group Leadership with vulnerable communities workshop
Tuesday 22 November - Wednesday 23 November, 2016
19 Carters Lane Towradgi, NSW 2518
Cost: $484
The 2-day workshop develops the necessary skills for group leaders to facilitate creative group work. The training covers the principles of using creative group work techniques and tools.

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.

Family Centre Manager - Naremburn
CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay

Liaison Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
Relationships Australia Victoria

Counsellor - ACCESSCQ
Centacare CQ - 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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