Family and Community Services


Social housing policy - governance and capability

Social housing is a safety net for the most vulnerable in the community – including the elderly, people with a disability or severe and chronic mental health illness, carers with long term caring responsibilities and those experiencing drug and alcohol misuse and domestic and family violence. In January 2016, the Government announced Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW which sets out the Government’s vision for social housing over the next 10 years. The program intends to reduce homelessness, provide more housing and support for those needing social housing and providing more support to help people divert from or successfully transition out of the social housing system. This audit may examine the governance of, and capability to deliver, the Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW program.


Grants to non-government organisations

Many FACS services are provided by non-government organisations, including services for people with disability, vulnerable children and young people, homeless people, and people using social housing. FACS is increasingly transferring responsibility for delivering services to non-government organisations, but it retains responsibility for ensuring these services are high quality and help people achieve good outcomes. This audit may assess the effectiveness of FACS' work to monitor the quality and outcomes of services provided by non-government organisations.

Accessing crisis accommodation

FACS provides a range of accommodation services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  These include emergency accommodation in low-cost motels, caravan parks or similar.  It also funds a range of specialist homelessness services such at refuges and other short-medium term crisis accommodation.  In 2013-14 the government began reforming specialist homelessness services through its Going Home, Staying Home program. This audit may examine the effectiveness of the Going Home Staying Home reforms including whether program objectives have been met.

Effectiveness of early intervention programs

Description pending.