The Australian Government has renewed Family Support Program funding of $1.044 billion over three years for Family and Children's Services and Family Law Services to support families to improve family functioning, safety and child wellbeing and development. Family and Children’s Services will work alongside Family Law Services to deliver parenting skills training, relationship counselling, playgroups, services for separating families and more intensive support for vulnerable and at-risk children and families.
The Family Support Program will ensure families across Australia, especially those living in locations of disadvantage, have access to more integrated services to support them during critical life events.
As part of the reforms to the Family Support Program, the Government is giving service providers more certainty with Family and Children’s services being renewed for three years (1 July 2011 to 30 June 2014).The Program Guidelines Suite of documents below provide information relating to the Family Support Program. They provide the key starting point for parties considering whether to participate in the program and form the basis for the business relationship between DSS and the funding recipient.
- Part A: FSP Program Guidelines
- Part B: Information for Applicants
- Part C:
- Children’s Contact Services
- Communities for Children
- Communities for Children - Indigenous Parenting Services
- Community Playgroups
- Family and Relationship Services
- Family Dispute Resolution
- Family Relationship Advice Line – Information and Advice Component
- Family Relationship Centres
- Find and Connect Support Services
- Indigenous Family Safety
- Parenting Orders Program
- Post Separation Cooperative Parenting
- Royal Commission Community-based Support Services
- Specialist Services
- Supporting Children after Separation program
- Stronger Communities for Children Guidelines
- Youth in Communities
Related Information documents
- Collaborative Service Delivery
- Closing the Gap Indigenous Access Plan and Improvement Target
- FSP Administrative Approval Requirements
- Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Client Access Strategy
- The New Family Support Program - What does ‘vulnerable’ mean for the Family Support Program?
- Transition Plan
- Operational Framework for Family Relationship Centres
- Family Support Program Performance Framework
- FSP Performance Framework Service Provider Help Guide
Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Client Access Strategy and Abridged Access Strategy
Service Providers are encouraged to use the following template (updated 5 October 2011) and accompanying guidance notes when preparing their Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Client Access Strategy or Abridged Access Strategy:
- Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Client Access Strategy template
- Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Client Access Strategy Guidance for Service Providers
- Abridged Access Strategy template
- Abridged Access Strategy Guidance for Service Providers
DSS acknowledges that some service providers have commenced preparing their strategies using the previous Client Access Strategy and Abridged Access Strategy template, distributed in April 2011. DSS will accept these templates or a service provider’s own documentation. Either way, you must ensure the documentation you provide clearly sets out the required information as identified in the above templates.
Community Strategic Plan
Communities for Children Facilitating Partners are required to complete an updated Community Strategic Plan by 30 April 2012.
Communities for Children Facilitating Partners are encouraged to use the following template and accompanying guidelines when preparing their updated Community Strategic Plan:
- Community Strategic Plan template
- Community Strategic Plan Guidelines for Communities for Children Facilitating Partners
Activity Work Plan
Communities for Children Facilitating Partners are required to complete an updated Activity Work Plan by 8 June 2012.
Communities for Children Facilitating Partners are encouraged to use the following template when preparing their updated Activity Work Plan: