25 New Children’s Contact Services
Up to 10,000 more Australian families will benefit from the establishment of 25 new children’s contact services.
These services provide a safe, nurturing environment for children to maintain contact with their non-residential parent. They offer a neutral location for changeovers between residential and non-residential parents and for supervised contact visits.
Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony and Attorney-General Daryl Williams said today the services would be located in area of high need, where they would make the most difference to Australian families. There will be a special emphasis on rural, remote and urban fringe areas.
Twenty five locations, based on statistical sub-divisions, have been identified nationally. They are:
New South Wales
- Clarence (Coffs Harbour)
- Central Macquarie
- Central Murrumbidgee
- Frankston City/Greater Dandenong City
- Northern Middle Melbourne/Northern Outer Melbourne/Eastern Outer Melbourne
- La Trobe Valley/Wellington Shire
- Greater Bendigo City Part A
- Ballarat City
- Greater Geelong City Part A
- Gold Coast City Part B
- Sunshine Coast/Caboolture Shire Part A
- Toowoomba City
- Townsville City Part A/Cairns City Part A
- Mackay City Part A
- South West Metropolitan/South East Metropolitan Perth/Mandurah
- Lower South East (Mt Gambier)
- Greater Launceston
- Central NT (Alice Springs)
Further information on the areas covered by these statistical sub-divisions can also be obtained on the electoral commission website at www.aec.gov.au
The new services will fulfil the Government’s Budget commitment to provide $15.4 million over four years to assist parents in managing difficult contact arrangements with their children.
The Government will call for applications from community-based organisations on 29 January 2000 to run the new services. Further information and application forms will be available on the FaCS website.