In working to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal children and families, a number of common themes and interests across government have been identified, including:
- Increasing the scale and capacity of the Aboriginal workforce
- Provide access to supports in response to integrated and person directed service models
- Clear accountability for outcomes.
Family and Community Services commissioned the development of the NSW Aboriginal Child and Family Industry Development Strategy now known as the Aboriginal Child and Family Investment Strategy (Investment Strategy), in partnership with AbSec and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.
The Investment Strategy is a roadmap for strengthening the Aboriginal Child and Family services sector in NSW, building toward the goal of a state-wide Aboriginal Services Safety Net offering an integrated approach to holistic services for Aboriginal people across NSW.
The Investment Strategy identified five focus area for capacity development and 20 specific initiatives.
The five focus areas are:
- Ensure state-wide service coverage
- Support existing capacity to reach scale and maturity to deliver quality services
- Enhance current workforce capabilities and promote employment opportunities in the sector
- Target supports to assist organisations through periods of rapid growth or change
- easure outcomes and share knowledge.
AbSec has been contracted to progress initiatives within Focus Area 3: Enhance current workforce capabilities and promote employment opportunities in the sector, as well as initial work articulating the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in building the capacity of Aboriginal child and family services.
AbSec will be holding workshops around NSW to develop regional workforce plans, which will then form the basis of a state-wide workforce strategy. If your organisation would like to participate, please register below: