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TEI Program Reform Directions - local and client centred

16th Aug 16

The document sets the vision, guiding principles and future directions for what will be called the Targeted Earlier Intervention Program (TEIP).

The five aims of reform are:

1.    Improve outcomes for clients of TEI services

2.    Create a service system continuum grounded in evidence-informed practice

3.    Target resources to those with greatest need

4.    Facilitate district decision-marking on the design and delivery of local services

5.    Increase flexibility so that clients are the centre of the system

The implementation timeline remains in line with what FACS has indicated since late last year:

-       July 2016-June 2017: service design and planning

-       July 2017 onwards: transition

Unfortunately, this document still does not directly answer key questions that members will have.

1.    How will funding be allocated across programs?

The following programs are being considered as part of the reform:

  • Community Builders - $43.1 million
  • Families NSW - $26.5 million
  • Triple P - $0.48 million
  • Child Youth and Family Support - $54.2 million
  • Youth Hope - $10.2 million
  • Staying Home Leaving Violence - $5.0 million
  • Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Services - $3.5 million
  • Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy - $4.3 million
  • Getting it Together - $2.1 million

This represents funded programs worth $149.38 million each year. There is no doubt that the current nine programs will be collapsed into a smaller number.

During consultation with the peaks there was discussion that it could be as few as three. The fact that this information is not contained in the report leads Fams to believe that the Minister and FACS have still not reached agreement about how the funding for the current nine programs will be distributed in the new-look TEIP. We will keep pressing FACS for details to be made publicly available sooner rather than later.

2.    Will there be a tender process?

The report uses the language of commissioning which is very different to a traditional tender process. Fams has been pushing for specific details, but no decisions have been made by FACS.

3.    What will outcomes measurement look like for my service?

There is work underway on a whole of Government outcomes framework. Fams has been actively involved in this through our participation on the Social Innovation Council. The NSW Government is absolutely transitioning to implementing outcomes measurement (over outputs). Because of our work in this area since 2008, Fams is perfectly placed to support members to transition smoothly.

What’s next?

Fams is planning a series of local forums state-wide between 31 October – 25 November 2016. We will be leading the discussion on what organisations can do – both individually and collectively – to influence service design and planning for TEIP.

Please make sure that your membership is up-to-date so that you receive notification of when we will be in your area. It is important that we can meet with and speak to members.

In the meantime, we will do our best to answer any questions you might have at this early stage. Please call us on 02 8354 3799 or email info@fams.asn.au.

Fams values your ongoing support, and we will keep advocating hard to ensure that vulnerable children and families across New South Wales are able to access quality family support services.