Evidence of the increasing demand for OOHC services and the impacts on capacity and service delivery led the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW to recommend a gradual transition in the provision of OOHC services to the non-government sector with the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) retaining responsibility for children with complex needs.
The new government is committed to the transfer and expects that the transition will commence early in 2012.
On 30 June 2011, the Minister for Family and Community Services announced the establishment of a joint NGO/Government Ministerial Advisory Group co-chaired by Andrew McCallum, CEO of Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies(ACWA); and Jim Moore (Acting Director General of FACS). This advisory group has been tasked with presenting a shared position on the transition process, as well as providing clear advice on the broader reforms that the NSW Government should prioritise in order to improve OOHC services.
More details area available in this media release.