The Department of Social Services (DSS) grant arrangements include three streamlined programmes based on common social policy functions.
The programmes have been designed to streamline services to make the most of common client needs, reduce duplication and ensure the most effective and efficient approaches are used to address community needs in line with Government priorities. Key to the grant arrangements is a reduction in regulation and reporting and providing an opportunity for innovation and collaboration in the delivery of services so providers have greater control over how they meet the particular needs of their clients and communities.
Funding is allocated to ensure support is provided to the most vulnerable Australians, in areas where there is greatest need. In line with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines, a list of DSS funded organisations is available in the DSS Grants Report.
Programme guidelines and other relevant documentation for individual programmes can be accessed from the below links. Programme guidelines provide the starting point for organisations considering whether to participate in a programme as they describe the aims and objectives of each activity and outline eligiblity requirements.
The three grant programmes are:
- Families and Communities Programme
- Housing and Homelessness Programme
- Disability, Mental Health and Carers Programme
Machinery of Government Changes
Due to recent government changes, responsibility for ageing and aged care is now part of the Department of Health. Information about ageing and aged care is still available on the Department of Social Services website, however it will be transferred to the Department of Health website in 2016.
- Commonwealth Home Support Programme
- Residential and Flexible Care Programme
- Workforce and Quality Programme
- Ageing and Service Improvement Programme
- Access and Information Programme
The attached diagram provides an overview of the pre-mog grant programmes. This will be updated in 2016 to reflect current Department of Social Services responsibility.