National Find & Connect support service for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants in WA

Apply when?
Between 07/07/2012 and 03/08/2012

Who to contact?
findandconnect@dss.gov.au

The Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) invites suitably qualified organisations to submit an application to deliver Find and Connect support services in Western Australia under the Family Support Program.

Find and Connect support services will help Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants to trace and access their records and reconnect with their families where possible.

FaHCSIA is seeking to fund a Western Australian service that is responsive to the specialist needs of Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants providing:

  • a 1800 telephone number that provides information, advice and referrals
  • skilled staff to assist Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants: locate their records; provide support throughout the records tracing and release process; professionally support their efforts to trace their families or restore family relationships where possible
  • specialist trauma-informed counselling for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants to assist them recover from their experiences in care and the consequential impacts on their relationships and functioning.

Delivery of the services will cover the period September 2012 to June 2014 with funds of approximately $1.3 million available.

How to Apply

Application Forms should be emailed to findandconnect@dss.gov.au

Questions and Answers

A ‘Questions and Answers’ facility for the National Find and Connect support service is available.  You can email questions to the team at findandconnect@dss.gov.au

Enquiry Response
We would like to know if after all your investigations if you have any idea of numbers i.e. the number of people who would access the service. The Department cannot provide any reliable, substantial or accurate data indicating numbers and distribution of Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. Funding allocations for each jurisdiction have been determined based on the population of each jurisdiction.

I would like to get clarification regarding the funding of this service. From the documents I have received and the phrasing of the specification my understanding is that the total amount of funding available will be $1.3 m for one agency to deliver the service (or a lead agency and partners). Furthermore the funding will cover two years from 2012 to 2014. Do I have a correct understanding of the contract?

The total amount of funding available will be approximately $1.3m for one agency to deliver the service (or a lead agency and partners) in Western Australia for the initial term of the funding agreement. It is anticipated that the initial term will go to 30 June 2014; however, the Department reserves the right to negotiate alternative arrangements and funding amounts.

Could you please advise if this grants program will be offered in Queensland?

The grants process for all states and territories is now closed with the exception of Western Australia.

Closing Date and Time

Applications close on Friday 3 August 2012 at 2pm AEST (12pm AWST). Applications submitted after this date may not be accepted.

Content Updated: 27 September 2013