Community Services Committee
Tuesday 11 April 2017
Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031
Telephone: 1300 722 542
Fax: 02 9319 1510
Notice is hereby given that a Community Services Committee of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, First Floor, 90 Avoca Street Randwick on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Quorum: Eight (8) members
Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences
Confirmation of the Minutes
Community Services Committee - 14 March 2017
Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests
Address of Committee by Members of the Public
In respect to Privacy & Personal Information Protection Act, members of the public are advised that the proceedings of this meeting will be recorded for the purposes of clause 69 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice.
Community Services Report
C3/17 Targeted Earlier Invention Program Reform............................................. 1
Notice of Rescission Motions
Community Services Report No. C3/17
Subject: Targeted Earlier Invention Program Reform
Folder No: F2006/00216
In 2015, the NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) commenced its work to redesign its service system to deliver improved support programs to families and individuals in need. An anticipated outcome of this TEI reform process is to introduce programs aimed at intervening much earlier to prevent escalation of identified problems that some sections of the community may experience.
State-wide consultations with key stakeholders and service users were held until late 2016. Randwick City Council’s community services staff attended a number of these workshops and also coordinated formal submissions to NSW FACS as part of the Inner Eastern Sydney Child Family Interagency (IESCFI) Network.
NSW FACS stated that reforms targeting earlier intervention programs are needed because despite this department’s best endeavor, the number of children reported at risk of significant harm has not improved. According to its webpage (May 2017)
“There are many more children and families that need support to have more positive pathways in life. We need a service system that is:
· Flexible – focusing on client needs rather than program guidelines
· Locally responsive – working to the strengths, assets and needs of local communities
· Evidence based – grounded in what we know works and building on that knowledge
· Adaptive – continuously improving and responding to change
· Client centred – working with the person and family to address their needs”
The following TEI program streams that are the subject of this review are funded by NSW FACS. Not-for-profit organisations including local councils receive an amount of annual funding to deliver services under specific program streams:
· Community Builders
· Families NSW
· Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy
· Triple P
· Child Youth and Family Support
· Getting it Together
There are currently 20 service providers, including Randwick City Council, in receipt of TEI funding to provide community services & capacity building activities to residents of Randwick City.
Since it was first announced, the TEI reform process has caused uncertainty for many services providers throughout NSW. There was an expectation on the part of service providers that their current funding arrangement with NSW FACS will cease in June 2017, and that new funding arrangements would be established for different service providers and geographic locations.
Randwick City Council currently receives approximately $115,000 per year under the Community Builders program stream. This program delivers a range of community development and capacity building activities and events for local residents. In 2015/16 financial year, Community Project Officers scheduled some 32 activities and events including:
· Reconciliation and Youth Week Events
· Mental health forums
· Parenting workshops
· Service interagency support
· Programs for La Perouse and surrounding suburbs
Minister’s March 2017 announcement
On 16 March 2017, the General Manager received a letter from Pru Goward MP, Minister for Family and Community Services advising of her decision to approve an additional three year TEI funding agreement with Randwick City Council from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020. All service providers in receipt of current funding have similarly been notified of their extended funding status to June 2020.
The recent decision by the Minister is a welcomed respite and will enable support service providers to deliver uninterrupted community services while the TEI reform transition arrangements are being finalised at state level.
Relationship to City Plan
The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:
Outcome: 2: A vibrant and diverse community
Direction: 2a3: Support the different groups in the community to improve access to
Financial impact statement
At this stage, no financial impact arising from this matter.
Decisions arising from the anticipated TEI reforms that may impact on the funding status of our local community services providers have been delayed.
The Minister for Families and Community Services have extended existing funding arrangements with local providers for a further three 3 years to June 2020. In the interim, council officers will continue to monitor the progress of the TEI reforms and the funding status on the City’s support service providers. Post June 2020, a report will be prepared to inform the Council’s Community Services Committee of any substantial changes to the TEI service system as well as the impact on the Council’s own funding situation.
A new service funding agreement covering the three years extension is due to be issued by NSW FACS for the General Manager’s consideration and ratification.
That the Community Services Committee notes that:
a) the TEI reform actions that are currently in progress, and the Ministerial decision to provide funding to existing services providers for a further three years to June 2020 under the current funding program;
b) the General Manager will enter into a new service level agreement with NSW FACS for the extended three year funding period to June 2020; and
c) a report to be brought back to the Committee regarding the impact of the TEI reform outcomes on the Council’s community development activity levels as soon as information becomes available.
The Hon Pru Goward Minisiter for Family and Community Services FACS - Targeted Earlier Intervention TEI reforms