ACWA Airs Member Concerns Over Reform Implementation

ACWA has written to Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward seeking clarity and resolution around a number of serious concerns being voiced by the non-government sector in relation to the implementation of the Permanency Support Program (PSP) reforms. In his letter, ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum has requested a meeting with Ms Goward to […]

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FACS PSP Update: Panel of Independent Assessors

FACS Executive Director, Child & Family, Simone Czech has written to ACWA in regard to the establishment of a panel of Independent Assessors to help caseworkers determine the best permanency option for a child or young person: We want to thank you, as a peak body, for your collaboration as we work to give or […]

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ACWA Correspondence to FACS

ACWA has written to FACS this week highlighting concerns that a gap in the current out-of-home care service system may be leaving a cohort of high needs children without permanency options. In a letter  to FACS Commissioning Deputy Secretary Deidre Mulkerin, ACWA Deputy CEO Dr Wendy Foote writes: I am writing on behalf of the ACWA […]

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Important Information from FACS: Transition of Children and Young People to PSP Service Packages

As agencies would be aware, on 1 October 2017 FACS entered into new contracting arrangements with non-government permanency and out-of-home care service providers. Commencing from 1 July 2018, the new Permanency Support Program funding model will be fully operational and FACS will use ChildStory, rather than the Interim Payment System, to make automatic payments to […]

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Shaping a Better Child Protection System: ACWA’s Response

ACWA has responded to the Shaping a Better Child Protection System Discussion Paper with valuable input from our member agencies. To help gather sector feedback ACWA hosted a consultation workshop in November, which was attended by 12 member representatives from the service spectrum of early intervention to out-of-home care (OOHC) and adoption specialists. We focused […]

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