Funding extension for crucial program for Aboriginal families
Friday 23 October
Intensive Family Based Services (IFBS) work alongside Aboriginal families who are at risk of having their children removed and also where families are aiming to have their children returned to their care by providing a range of services aimed at reducing, or eliminating, identified child welfare, wellbeing and safety concerns for Aboriginal children and young people. AbSec supports IFBS programs in achieving their primary goal of keeping families safe and together.
AbSec is extremely pleased that all IFBS funding has been extended until 30 June 2021, with the hope of a 3 year extension to be announced after the NSW budget is handed down in November. This excellent news was conveyed by Simone Walker, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), who was strongly committed to ensuring an extension occurred and lobbied hard on behalf of the sector. It was only fitting she was able to share the news that the NSW Government has made an immediate short term decision.
DCJ is currently working on a simple extension notification process. Further and more specific details about future funding will be contained in the NSW Budget announcement on 17 November 2020. However, this early commitment provides the certainty that agencies need to reassure staff and clients that services will continue uninterrupted in the coming months.
Naturally, we will continue discussions with the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Gareth Ward, and DCJ about future funding beyond 30 June 2021.
It was agreed that FAMS, the peak body for non-government organisations working with vulnerable children, young people, families and communities should continue to host a regular conversation as a forum for sharing, collaboration and advocacy. The next meeting will be Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 3pm for a post-budget analysis and an invitation extended to Minister Ward. AbSec would like to acknowledge the hard work undertaken by FAMS CEO Julie Hourigan Ruse in leading this campaign and ACWA, led by Steve Kinmond, for their support.
To find out more about the incredible work that IFBS programs to in NSW, we recommend checking out the video below.