Going Home Staying Home Reform Plan
On 8 February 2013, Minister for Family and Community Services, the Hon Pru Goward MP, released a plan for reforming Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) in NSW. For more information:
The GHSH Reform Plan has five strategies:
1. Streamlined Access
This strategy is based on a no-wrong door access approach and is focusing on:
2. Service Delivery Design
A new service delivery framework has been developed and supported by an Innovation Fund. For more information:
3. Planning and resource allocation
This strategy aims to review the way SHS Program funding is distributed around NSW. For more information:
Summary of new service packages
4. Industry and Workforce Development (Sector Development)
FACS funded an Industry Partnership to develop an industry development strategy and workforce development plan and to support the sector with change and reconfiguration. For more information:
5. Contracting, Quality and Continuous Improvement (Contracting)
Specialist Homelessness Services are being tendered to implement needs based resource redistribution and new service design. For more information:
Transition to the new SHS system will be a complex process. A Transition Team has been established within the GHSH Reform team to help co-ordinate and communicate the changes.
The Transition Team is working closely with Family and Community Services (FACS) Districts, the Sector Reference Group and the peak bodies for homelessness in NSW to ensure the sector is supported through these changes.
Existing SHS and non-government NPAH providers have now received advice that, if needed, their service can receive transition funding. This will be at a reduced rate from 1 July for a period up to 30 September 2014 to cover wind down activities.
Providers who are successful in their bids for contracts in the new SHS Program will receive establishment funding from 1 July and full funding from October 2014.
The E-Newsletter - Future Directions 13 includes frequently asked questions about the transition and establishment funding.
These arrangements aim to achieve continuity of services for clients while new SHS providers establish.
FACS is pleased to announce that a Sector Employment Assistance Scheme will be launched shortly.
Planning tools (Excel) are now available to help SHS providers plan for transition to GHSH. Providers do not have to use them, but the tools provide helpful guidance on collecting information about clients, properties, assets and minor equipment and current partnerships.
Regular updates from the Transition Team are published below.
Governance and Consultative Structures
A range of governance and consultative mechanisms have been established to inform and advise on the different components of the reforms. For more information:
Other useful links
Going Home Staying Home - Submissions