FRSA eBulletin - 7 September 2016
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Yesterday’s announcement by Minister Porter provided more details about the “Try, Test and Learn Fund” that will in effect be a testing ground for the Government’s shift to an ‘investment’ approach for welfare recipients. The approach is based on the NZ Investment Model. The basic premise is a theory that by investing earlier in the life course for people identified through actuarial modelling to be at significant risk of welfare dependency throughout their life, there is great potential in reducing their reliance on welfare.

The “Try, Test and Learn Fund” was announced as part of the Federal Budget earlier this year, in May, I did comment to our members that I saw promise in the fund as it was described at the time, as a joined-up, whole of government approach to finding solutions to intergenerational poverty and welfare dependency. The significant difference I would apply to the ‘pitch’ for the solution proposed is that there is capacity to greatly improve the lives of individuals and their families by taking such an approach. My qualification of this statement is that the safety net that welfare provides should not be eroded as a consequence. 

FRSA released a statement in response yesterday afternoon.

Prior to the Minister’s Press Club address, Dr Adam Heaton and I attended a briefing. There was a broad range of stakeholders from across the NFP sector, government and academia in attendance. The Minister himself and Dr Tim Reddel presented. The papers that were shared at that time are
available here. The Department indicated that it will be moving swiftly to initiate stakeholder engagement (mid-October) with a view to holding a further co-design workshop in November. The Minister (and the Department) indicated that they will be seeking formal applications for the “Try, Test and Learn Fund” shortly after Christmas aiming to assess during the months or February and March with announcements being made in April. These are very tight timeframes and with $80 million operational funding available over four years – the money being invested is also very tight so, the Government’s approach will also need to be clear and focused.

Seeing the criteria for assessing applications will of course be critical for agencies considering applying and we will be chasing this up with DSS. The Government has also given a commitment to releasing de-identified DSS Longitudinal welfare data early in 2017.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare will have a key role in this process given the standing of the Institute as an accredited integrating authority. 

More information about the announcement is available at:

Last week I had the opportunity to get along to the
National Mediator’s Conference. It was great to see a number of people from our network at the Conference and to catch up either informally and/or to sit in on a number of presentations being delivered by practitioners working in FRSA Member agencies. ‘Cutting edge’ and ‘highly regarded’ are two phrases that come to mind in describing the general responses to the presentations I attended. The National Mediator’s Conference do generally publish the various papers on their website. They don’t appear there yet but if this hasn’t been on your radar – but is relevant to your work – I suggest you check it out.

In this edition you will find information about:
FRSA Board Nominations
- The FRSA National Conference 2016
- AIFS study on grandparents caring for their grandchildren
- Building Safe Communities for Women grant
- Have your say on the National Aged Care Advocacy Framework draft
- The Longitudinal Data Conference
- Australasian Implementation Conference (AIC)
- Anti-Poverty Week
- National Carers Week
- FRSA Events & Training Calendar highlights
- FRSA Jobs Board

Best regards,
Jackie Brady
FRSA Board Nominations
At the end of this week, FRSA will be calling for nominations of eligible members who wish to be considered for appointment to the FRSA Board. Nominations will be open for three (3) weeks.
FRSA has contracted the Australian Election Company to Call for Nominations and to run the election process for FRSA.
The process and details governing the FRSA Election of Board Directors are outlined in the
FRSA Constitution. In an even year, there are three (3) Director’s positions open for Nomination. Mr Michael Austin (current Chair), Ms Sue Christophers and Dr Ricki Jeffery are all eligible for nomination. Dr Jeffery has advised that she will not be seeking nomination in this election.
Emails will be sent from the Australian Election Company directly to FRSA Member delegates on Friday.
Nominations close at 2pm on Friday 14 October 2016.

For more information about the FRSA Board, please visit the
Board Members section on our website
The FRSA National Conference 2016 is just over two months away! Have you registered to attend yet? 
Click here to view the FRSA National Conference Program
We'd love you to join us at the FRSA National Conference 2016!

An opportunity not to be missed to join hundreds of delegates from within the sector to discuss and consider the challenges and best practice approaches for measuring success in our sector. 

Need some help asking your manager to attend the FRSA Conference? 

We've pulled together a pitch piece outlining to your manager why the FRSA Conference is a valuable event for you. Feel free to add more specific references and content as you need. 
Letter template for your Manager
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
AIFS study on grandparents caring for their grandchildren

A study released on Thursday 15 September, 2016 by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has found that grandparents are still a valued source of childcare in Australia.

The data shows Grandparents assist in not only providing childcare support but also important housing and financial support to families. 

To read the full chapter,
Grandparents caring for their grandchildren, from Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children please click here

For other addition resources of Grandparents' role in families and child care,
please visit here.
Building Safe Communities for Women grant 

The Australian Government has announced an extra $1.7 million to fund local community projects across Australia tho build connections and help reduce violence against women and their children.

Each successful project will receive up to $75,000 per year to develop local solutions appropriate for the needs of each community.

Click here to read the joint media release from the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Christian Porter and the Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash.  

On Friday 16 September, the Government announced that the aged care services and consumers will have just three weeks to make submissions on the design of future aged care advocacy services. 

The review called for a new single advocacy program and a framework to be developed to deliver a nationally consistent approach after government findings into Australia's system of aged care advocacy showed delivery under two national programs, by none different state-based agencies. 

The review of the Commonwealth aged care advocacy services (the review) 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). 

Submissions on the draft framework close on 7 October and can be made through the
Department of Health consultation hub here.

To read the media release,
please click here.
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.

Australasian Implementation Conference (AIC) is on again!  Being held in Melbourne at the Convention Centre 5-6 October – registrations close on 2 October.
FRSA Member, Save the Children Australia is a co-host along with the Centre for Evidence and Implementation and the University of Melbourne.

Conference details available

Anti-Poverty Week in 2016 starts on Sunday 16 October and ends on Saturday 22 October. The UN’s International Anti-Poverty Day is Saturday 17 October.

The Week focuses on poverty around the world, especially in the poorest countries but also in wealthier countries such as Australia.

Its main aims are to:
- strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within Australia;
- encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

As in previous years, Anti-Poverty Week will be promoted through a stand alone website and events calendar, please
click here to register.

Don't forget to register your Anti-Poverty Week event on the
FRSA Events & Training Calendar as well!

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

1 in 8 Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail aged.

Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy and National Carers Week provides you with a chance to show your appreciation.

This National Carers Week you can get involved by visiting the website and taking a couple of minutes to say Thanks, showing your support to help build a carer-friendly Australia. By doing so, you can help us demonstrate the considerable community support for Australia’s carers.

Visit the
website here to see how you can get involved.

Don't forget to register your National Carers Week event on the
FRSA Events & Training Calendar.

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

Trauma-Informed Care and Practice
Blue Knot Foundation
9:00am - 4:30pm Friday 23 September 2016
Vibe Hotel Waterfront 7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin NT
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.


Roadmap to Ethical Compliance (1-day Workshop)
Groupwork Solutions
9:00am - 4:30pm Wednesday 21 September 2016
379 Collins Street, Melbourne, Vic
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.

DIY Ethical Compliance Framework (2-day Workshop)
Groupwork Solutions
9:00am - 4:30pm Wednesday 21 September 2016
379 Collins Street, Melbourne, Vic
Cost: $484

Developing an ethical/integrity framework for an organisation not only helps you comply with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) regulatory requirements but builds your organisation’s good reputation in the midst of sector reforms.

Principles in Practice - Supporting Adult Survivors of Complex Trauma
Blue Knot Foundation
9:00am - 4:30pm Friday 23 September 2016
103 George Street, Brisbane QLD
Cost: $290
This one day interactive professional development training shares insights and learnings from current research and clinical best practice, and provides participants with new skills to utilise in their work with adult survivors of complex trauma.

Principles in Practice - Supporting Adult Survivors of Complex Trauma
Blue Knot Foundation
9:00am - 4:30pm Friday 7 October 2016
86 Victoria Parade, Rockhampton, QLD
Cost: $290
This one day interactive professional development training shares insights and learnings from current research and clinical best practice, and provides participants with new skills to utilise in their work with adult survivors of complex trauma.

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.

Senior Coordinator Social Services
Centacare Central Queensland
Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
Relationships Australia Victoria
Traralgon, Victoria

Clinical Leader
Headspace & Relationships Australia Victoria
Bairnsdale, Victoria

Centacare - Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
Ballarat, Victoria

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

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