Family and Relationship Services, Children and Parenting Support services and Emergency Relief Activities


Application period


General enquiries:

1800 625 136

Technical support:

1800 020 283


1800 555 677

This funding round has closed.

Please Note: Applicants are not required to submit a Registration Form for this funding round.

The Australian Government invited providers via a restricted process to apply to deliver Family and Relationship Services, Children and Parenting Support Services and Emergency Relief services under the Families and Communities Programme (the Programme) in the Norfolk Island area from 2015-16 to 2018-19. Funding will be offered to one organisation as a result of this process.

From 1 July 2016, the Australian Government will integrate Norfolk Island with the mainland tax and social security systems, including funding and delivering services provided under the Programme.

The Programme aims to support families, improve children’s wellbeing and increase participation of vulnerable people in community life to strengthen family and community functioning, and reduce the costs of family breakdown.

There are a number of services delivered under the Programme, three of which are included in this funding round:

Family and Relationship Services aim to strengthen family relationships, prevent breakdown and ensure the wellbeing and safety of children through the provision of broad-based counselling and education to families of different forms and sizes. These services are primarily early intervention and prevention and are targeted to critical family transition points including formation, extension, and separation.

Children and Parenting Support services deliver early intervention and prevention supports and resources that are aimed at improving children’s development and wellbeing and supporting the capacity of those in a parenting role. Services have a primary focus on children aged 0-12 years, but may include children up to age 18 years. Services could include community playgroups, supported playgroups, parenting courses, home visiting and peer support groups.

Emergency Relief provides immediate financial and/or material support to people in financial crisis. Access to Emergency Relief is considered universal and is a safety net for people experiencing financial distress or hardship and who have limited means or resources to help them alleviate their financial crisis.

More information

More information about the services under the Families and Communities Programme – Children and Parenting Support Services, Family and Relationship Services and Emergency Relief and their delivery in the Norfolk Island area, as well as requirements for applicants can be found in the following documents:

  • Programme Guidelines Overview – Financial Wellbeing and Capability
  • Programme Guidelines Overview – Families and Children
  • Funding Round Summary

Please note: For this round, no attachments were requested. Documents attached to applications were not assessed.

Contacting the Department of Social Services (DSS)

If you require assistance please call the DSS Grants Hotline on 1800 625 136 and/or

Please quote the following number 2015-205 – FaRS, CaPS and ER - Norfolk Island when you phone or email DSS.

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