An overview of reforms for outcomes in NSW

NSW reforms for outcomes
Wednesday 25 July, 1130 – 1150


Minister Pru Goward
Department of Family and Community Services

In responding to the complex nature of vulnerability and disadvantage experienced by individuals, families and communities in NSW, government has committed to developing increasingly sophisticated ways of linking and using data and research, to design, commission and evaluate policy, programs and initiatives.

The Department of Family and Community Services’ (FACS’) transition to a commissioning organisation reflects this commitment, changing not only the structure of the department but its future role in supporting the development of stronger, more resilient individuals, families and communities.

Some of the questions this approach will help answer include: What does the evidence and practice tell us achieves the best results for children, young people and families who are experiencing vulnerability?; and How does government support vulnerable children, parents, families and communities to alter their life trajectories?

Sophisticated use of data across agencies supports an investment approach in responding to these questions; an approach already evident in the Their Futures Matter reforms, the Foyer51 social impact investment in young people who have been in out-of-home care, through affordable housing and other supports; and the expansion of UnitingCare Burnside’s Newpin program, which has demonstrated success in preventing children coming into out of home care or restoring them to their families using a Social Benefit Bond approach.