Media Release by The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP

Federal Coalition seeks input on services for families

The Federal Coalition Government has opened up a process of consultation to ensure that our services continue to best meet the needs of families and children.

In furthering its commitment to the lifetime wellbeing of all Australians, the Federal Coalition Government welcomes the opportunity to work together with the families and children sector to secure the best possible outcomes for families.

Currently, the Federal Coalition Government invests more than $220 million a year in programs and services to support families and children.

Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Dr David Gillespie, said that the consultations would seek feedback on whether current programs are effective and how they could be better targeted. There will be a particular focus on prevention and early intervention.

“These consultations will be the start of a longer discussion on how we can all work together to improve outcomes for families and children,” Minister Gillespie said.

“I look forward to hearing from our valued stakeholders and seeing which key themes emerge from the consultations over the coming months.”

The Department of Social Services is undertaking 46 face-to-face consultations around the country, including in regional and remote areas. An online engagement process is also taking place from 5 July to 15 August 2018 on the Department of Social Services’ website.