FAMILY & RELATIONSHIP SERVICES AUSTRALIA (FRSA) IS THE NATIONAL PEAK BODY FOR FAMILY RELATIONSHIP AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

Questions about applications close 2pm (AEST) Wednesday 16 July 2014.           

In order for the Department to properly respond to questions five days prior to the end of the application period, all questions must be lodged to grants@dss.gov.au or the DSS Grants Hotline.

On July 10 FRSA hosted a series of teleconferences as an opportunity for our Members to provide feedback on DSS Discretionary Grants process. Members can also anonomysly submit feedback via this link

LATEST NEWS:

Order Royal Commission information materials

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how institutions such as schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. 

In its first 17 months of operation, the Royal Commission has travelled to every state and territory of Australia including many regional areas, to hear from more than 1,700 people in private sessions. The Royal Commission’s call centre has received over 13,500 phone calls from the public and held 13 public hearings. 

The Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference require it to identify findings and recommendations which may lead to changes in laws, policies, practices and systems to make institutions safer places for children.

All people who experienced child sexual abuse while in the care of an Australian institution should have the opportunity to share their story, and the Royal Commission is committed to giving all Australians a voice in this process.

So far the Royal Commission has distributed information materials including brochures, posters and postcards to a range of organisations across Australia, including local councils, medical practices, Medicare and Centrelink offices and police stations. These materials are designed to support people who may wish to share their story with the Royal Commission.

To download or receive printed materials free-of-charge visit the Royal Commission resource centre.

For more information about the Royal Commission visit www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au or call 1800 099 340.

Stronger Relationships Trial Begins

Couples can now register online for a $200 subsidy towards the cost of relationship education and counselling services, under the Australian Government’s Stronger Relationships trial. As there are a limited number of subsidies available, couples are encouraged to register for the trial and make a booking with a service provider as soon as possible, at www.dss.gov.au/strongerrelationships.

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DSS Grant Funding Arrangements - Update

DSS Grant Funding Arrangement: Key Links and Information 

  • The full range of funding opportunities can be found here. Information about the range of selection types is also available
  • Key Dates for the new grant arrangements are accessible here.
  • To be eligible for DSS grant funding it is essential for your organisation to register with the Department

Organisations that previously received funding for Communities for Children Direct, Community Playgroups, Kids in Focus, Specialised Family Violence services, My Time Peer Support and My TIme for Grandparents should consider applying for Children and Parenting Support Funding. A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here and priority service areas can be found here.

Organisations that previously received funding for Family and Relationship Services for Humanitarian Entrants (FRESHE) should consider applying for the Settlement Services Activity.

Organisations that previously received funding for Forced Adoption Services should consider applying for Forced Adoption Support Services.

Please note that the above processes are open to all organisations that meet the eligibility requirements.

Find and Connect Services will be subject to a direct selection process.

Applications for DSS grant funding close 2.00pm AEST 23 July 2014

Existing/established service providers have also been invited to join the Stronger Relationships Panel. Further information for service providers is available here

FRSA continues to engage with the Department and will be presenting a range of questions to Departmental representatives in the coming days. To inform FRSA's coordinated response to the Grant process, please direct any specific concerns regarding the grant agreement Terms & Conditions and program guidelines to FRSA’s Policy Officer Rose Beynon (rosebeynon@frsa.org.au or 02 6162 1811) as soon as possible. 

For general questions are concerns to the DSS Grants Hotline: 1800 625 136 (TTY 1800 555 677)