FAMILY & RELATIONSHIP SERVICES AUSTRALIA (FRSA) IS THE NATIONAL PEAK BODY FOR FAMILY RELATIONSHIP AND SUPPORT SERVICES.
The Federal Government has agreed to an extension for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for a further two years. The final report is now set to be delivered on 15 December 2017.
FRSA recently co-signed a letter with Childwise and a range of other agencies which called on the Attorney General to agree to this extension.
The extension will give the Commission the capacity to hear more stories from victims, conduct more public hearings and issue additional interim reports.
Institutions responsible for the care of children will be able to continue to learn from the ongoing work of the inquiry and be better able to prevent child sexual abuse from happening.
The Commission will continue to consult with experts, stakeholders and the community so that any recommendations made by the Commission are practical and respond to contemporary issues in child protection.
The Government will provide additional funding of up to $125 million as part of the extension for the Commission and associated costs.
A joint press release from The Attorney-General and Minister Andrews can be found here.
FRSA is now calling for Nominations from Member Delegates interested in serving on the Board of Directors for 2014-15. FRSA Board members are appointed for two (2) year terms; there are seven (7) elected positions and two (2) co-opted positions apporinted as required by the Board. Election to the Board provides an excellent opportunity to support the national peak body and serve the broader family and relationship services sector.
The Family Relationship Services Australia Ltd Annual General Meeting is to be held from 7.30am on Thursday November 6th, 2014. The AGM has been scheduled to coincide with the FRSA National Conference 2014 ‘Wellbeing for Children Families and Communities: Future Policy, Programs and Practice’, 4-6 November and will be held in the Panorama Suite at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
This year, three positions are open to the election process. If more than three nominations are received, an election using the Simple Majority voting system (or ‘First past the Post’) will be conducted with the results to be announced at the AGM.
Nominations must be received by Wednesday September 17th 2014.
- Wednesday August 27th 2013: Nominations open
- Wednesday September 17th 2014: Close of nominations and close of roll
- Wednesday September 24th 2014: Ballot papers to be issued
- Wednesday October 15th 2014: Return of ballot papers due
- Thursday November 6th 2014: Results announced at AGM
This submission was presented by FRSA to the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services (DSS) Welfare Review Reference Group on 15th August 2015. It was presented in direct response to the questions posed in the Group’s interim paper.
FRSA supports the important role the Review plays in building a society where no person is worse off.
FRSA’s submission considers a wide range of issues surrounding the Australian Government’s welfare payment system including the need for a reduction of red tape, the over-representation of disadvantaged individuals in jobless statistics, and concerns surrounding the current income management system.
In consideration of the multitude of interconnected and intergenerational factors that can cause disadvantage, FRSA supports a welfare system in which empowerment and support for individuals, families and communities are held as central tenets.
Australia’s welfare system needs to be based on more than just short term solutions. FRSA supports a simplification of the Australian welfare system, the funding of early intervention and support programs at all stages of the relationship cycle and a flexible case managed approach for more complex, high needs clients.
This submission can be accessed online at: http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/review-of-australia-s-welfare-system/public-submissions