Media Release by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Further $14.2 million commitment to help families

27 new Early Intervention Service preferred providers have been announced today by the Australian Government at a further investment of $14.2 million.

In announcing the new providers, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough said a wide range of services to help families maintain healthy family relationships would be delivered.

“The new services will strengthen family relationships, prevent separation and resolve relationship difficulties,” Mr Brough said.

“They will deliver a mix of relationship counselling, education and skills training, and men and family relationship services, to improve communication and, in turn, enrich relationships.

“Family relationship issues are better addressed early, before they can become more serious problems such as separation or divorce.”

A report released on 12 December, 2006, by EIS provider Relationships Australia, from the 2006 Relationships Indicators Survey, showed Australians have become increasingly more willing to turn to professionals for relationship help.

The Survey found 63 per cent of respondents agreed that if they had problems in a relationship, they would have no hesitation in seeking professional help, a rise from 56 per cent of respondents in the 2001 Relationships Indicators Survey.

The new Early Intervention Services (EIS) will open in July 2007 and are funded under the Family Relationship Services Program. They build on the achievements of the first 33 new services, which commenced from July 2006

This is the second of three competitive selection rounds announced as part of the 2005-06 Budget family law reform package of $397 million over four years.

The third selection round will be advertised in mid 2007. More information can be found at or A list of the successful providers is attached.

Funding will be provided to organisations to provide a mix of Men and Family Relationship Counselling, Family Relationship Education and Skills Training, and Family Relationship Counselling in each of the locations listed below.

State Location Applicant Funding (2007-09)
GST excl.
QLD Cairns Relationships Australia (QLD) $800,000
Emerald or Far North Queensland Centacare Rockhampton $500,000
Ipswich KINECTIONS, Spiritus Care Services $620,000
Rockhampton / Gladstone Centacare Rockhampton $600,000
Roma or Charleville CentacareLifeline EIS $520,000
South Brisbane KINECTIONS, Spiritus Care Services $760,000
NT Barkley Catholic Church Diocese of Darwin Property Trust $520,000
Darwin Catholic Church Diocese of Darwin Property Trust $480,000
Katherine Catholic Church Diocese of Darwin Property Trust $560,000
SA Noarlunga Southern & Eastern Connections Alliance $600,000
Port Augusta Centacare Catholic Family Services Port Pirie Inc $640,000
TAS Launceston Centacare Tasmania $400,000
NSW Albury or Wodonga Upper Hume Community Health Service Inc $420,000
Blacktown Relationships Australia $600,000
Campbelltown Campbelltown FRC/EI Consortium $600,000
Fairfield Centacare Catholic Community Welfare Services (Sydney) $640,000
Greater Newcastle Newcastle Integrated Family Service $560,000
North Ryde Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Broken Bay $520,000
Nowra South Coast Family Relationships Centre $480,000
Wagga Wagga Centacare Catholic Community Welfare Services (Sydney) $360,000
VIC Ballarat Ballarat Early Intervention Services Consortium $260,000
Bendigo CentaCare Diocese of Sandhurst Victoria (The Roman Catholic Trusts Corporation for the Diocese of Sandhurst) $460,000
Berwick Berwick Family Relationship Centre and Early Intervention Services Consortium $460,000
Greensbrough Greensborough Family Relationship Centre and Early Intervention Services Consortium $460,000
WA Geraldton Geraldton Family Relationship Services $340,000
Mandurah Mandurah Family Relationship Centre and Associated Services $520,000
Midland Relationships Australia Western Australia $520,000