A few things we are currently working on

Supporting a National Child and Family Investment Strategy

The development of a National Child and Family Investment Strategy (the Strategy) is a key component of Action 2 of the Safe and Supported: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Action Plan 2023-26. The Strategy will focus on shifting investment to prevention and early supports that address and prevent the underlying social determinants of child abuse and neglect.  It will also drive a shift in proportionate investment for child and family services delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, towards the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO) sector.  

SNAICC, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and Social Ventures Australia (SVA) have partnered to deliver the Strategy by June 2024. 

Transition impacts on non-Indigenous organisations

The transition of funding towards ACCOs over the years ahead will have an impact upon non-Indigenous Non – Government Organisations (NGOs) as sector funding profiles change as the funding base of the ACCO sector increases.  

On behalf of the National Coalition, Families Australia have been engaged by the Department of Social Services to undertake a complementary research project exploring the potential impact on non-indigenous (NGOs) when a portion of future child and family services funding will be transferred to ACCOs.  

 Goals of the Families Australia / National Coalition project include: 

  • identifying primary organisational and operational challenges to be faced by mainstream NGOs from the transfer of funding allocations to ACCOs; and   
  •  identifying potential issues concerning future funding sustainability for mainstream NGOs in the child and family services sector.   

 Activities to support this work will include: 

  • Multiple face-to-face group consultation sessions across Australia – including in remote/regional settings;   
  • interviews with non-Indigenous NGO providers – large and small –across organisations of differing size, scale and geography;   
  • research and presentation of case studies which highlighting the issues faced by non-Indigenous NGOs at different stages of transition;  
  • a national online survey  
  • a desktop review of the jurisdictional plans in each State and Territory for transition arrangements; and  
  • development of a comprehensive report with key findings and actionable recommendations for governments.    

The final research report – which will be developed in parallel to the National Child and Family Investment Strategy – is due mid-2024.

This project is in its early establishment phase, further information, project update and opportunities to contribute your views will be posted from January 2024 onwards.

If you would like to find out more about this project please email: policy@familiesaustralia.org.au and one of the tram will get back.