Going Home Staying Home Reform Plan
On 8 February 2013, the Minister for Family and Community Services, the Hon Pru Goward MP, released the Going Home Staying Home Reform Plan (PDF). This is one of the FACS cluster priorities that will contribute to a more effective service system for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in NSW.
The Plan outlines the strategies for reforming specialist homelessness services in NSW to increase the focus on prevention and early intervention and make services easier for clients to access. The reform will also review the allocation of resources to ensure they are based on need rather than history and will develop the sector and its workforce to strengthen the quality of services.
Please see the Going Home Staying Home Reform Plan – Frequently asked questions (PDF) and media release (PDF) for more information. You can view a short film highlighting the key features of the reform here.
Regional Forums were conducted in February and March 2013 to communicate the key messages of the Reform Plan (PDF).
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 will shortly receive 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.
These arrangements aim to achieve continuity of services for clients while new SHS providers establish.
In addition to this extended timeframe, FACS is pleased to announce that a sector employer and employee assistance scheme for the sector will be launched shortly.
Regular updates from the Transition Team are published below.
Going Home Staying Home Contracting Approach
A prequalification scheme has been established to support the procurement of specialist homelessness services from 1 July 2014. All providers who have applied to the scheme have now been advised of their application outcome. Please see the full list of prequalified providers (PDF).
Please note the list is at the legal entity name level. Where organisations have applied as part of a consortia/joint working arrangement it is only the lead entity that is shown on the list. Where the lead entity has applied multiple times, the organisation is recorded once on the list. The organisation name is displayed as it is recorded on the ABN register. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).
To learn more, please see the contracting approach page for more information.
Going Home Staying Home Report Card
As part of the GHSH reform, we have committed to producing two Report Cards demonstrating the progress and achievements of the reform. The first Report Card (PDF), highlights the work undertaken to date in order to progress key elements of the reform. The final Report Card will be issued at the close of the reform project in June 2014.
District Profile information
A report profiling homelessness has been compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report describes the socio-economic and demographic profiles of each District. It also contains information at the District level about specialist homelessness services, temporary accommodation and crisis and transitional properties managed by FACS-Housing NSW.
The District Profiles (PDF) information has been used to inform the District planning process for the GHSH reform program.
Innovation and Industry Development Funds
This week the Minister has announced $3.7 million has been provided to fund 106 projects across the State to assist specialist homelessness services transition to new service delivery models and reconfigure their services in line with these reforms.
62 of these projects are funded through the $2 million Innovation Fund from the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) to fund innovation through improved service delivery.
41 projects have been awarded $900,000 to support services to reconfigure their services to form collaborations and to better connect services. These projects are funded from an Industry Development grant made to the newly established industry partnership between Homelessness NSW, Domestic Violence NSW and Yfoundations. This partnership has been formed to work with the NSW Government to improve specialist homelessness services in NSW.
The remaining $800,000 will fund three projects to enable state wide Specialist Homelessness Service providers to undertake significant reforms.
Read the Minister’s press releases announcing successful projects:
View the full list of successful Innovation Fund projects.
For more information about successful Industry Development Fund projects please visit the Homelessness NSW website.
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.
Central to consultation has been the formation of a Sector Reference Group to provide a perspective on reform. The Group is comprised of the six main peak representative bodies involved in homelessness. This Group has been meeting monthly since August 2012.
The Chief Executive, Housing NSW, has also invited experts in the field of homelessness to participate as part of a panel of experts to provide advice and guidance as required on reform directions.
Consultation Paper and Ongoing Communication
At the announcement of Going Home Staying Home, Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward, released a consultation paper (PDF) which put forward the case for reform and provided a platform to initiate stakeholder engagement and focus stakeholder input towards the reform directions.
Peak bodies, service providers, homeless people, consumers of specialist homelessness services and other stakeholders were invited to comment on the strategic direction for homelessness service reform and provide feedback on the consultation questions presented in the consultation paper before 31 August 2012.
A total of 75 written submissions were received from a wide variety of organisations, including the six homelessness bodies represented on the Sector Reference Group which includes Homelessness NSW, NSW Women's Refuge Movement, YFoundations, Shelter NSW, the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and the Council on Social Services NSW (NCOSS). For more information please see their submissions below.
A Consultation Summary Report (PDF) collating feedback from the consultations and written submissions has been prepared.
Going Home Staying Home - Submissions
If you would like your submission posted on the webpage please contact Narelle.Stow@facs.nsw.gov.au.
Frequently Asked Questions
The evidence base that is being used to inform the reform direction is being compiled. This will be updated on a regular basis as the information becomes available.
Resource allocation (assessing cost effectiveness)
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