Extending Existing Grant Arrangements

Five Year Agreements for Family and Relationship Services, Communities for Children Facilitating Partners and Family Law Services

Family and Relationship Services, Communities for Children Facilitating Partners and Family Law Services will be offered five year funding as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver strong outcomes for Australian families and focus on early intervention and prevention.

Five year funding will allow providers to invest resources strategically over the life of the agreement and use the best evidence based practices to get results over time.

Other services will be offered extensions in line with other DSS programme arrangement.

A complete list of extensions is now available.

When will this occur?

Five year agreements will take effect from 1 July 2014. In the coming weeks (May – June) the Department will be writing to existing providers outlining the details of the arrangements and next steps.

What do I need to do?

Nothing. The letter you receive from the Department will make it clear what you need to do and who to contact for further information.

Six and 12 month Extensions

The Department is offering funding extensions to the majority of existing service providers with grant funding due to expire on or before 30 June 2014. 

Extensions will enable service providers to continue service delivery as the new grant programme arrangements are put in place over the coming 12 months.

Extensions will be offered for either six or 12 months, allowing the Department to implement better funding arrangements in the longer term, including improved programme performance reporting and reduced administrative red tape for providers.

Six Month Extensions

Most existing agreements will be extended for six months, allowing the Department to put longer term agreements and processes in place from the end of 2014 which reflect the Government’s broader approach to working with civil society.

This will result in better arrangements for providers in the longer term, while ensuring important services are continued in the immediate future.

12 Months Extensions

Some agreements relating to aged care, disability and mental health services will be offered a 12 month extension. This will assist providers to transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Aged Care Commonwealth Home Support Program, or other long term, ongoing programmes.

When will this occur?

Extensions will take effect from 1 July 2014. The Department is writing to existing providers outlining details of the extensions and next steps.

What do I need to do?

Nothing. The letter you receive from the Department will make it clear what you need to do to extend your existing funding and who to contact for further information.

A small number of grants have funding agreements in place until 30 June 2015 and 30 June 2016. These arrangements will continue until their expiry. Further information on how those grants will transition into the new arrangements will be provided to funded organisations closer to the conclusion of those agreements.

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