Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) is the peak body for the family and relationship services sector. FRSA’s representation of the sector includes policy engagement with Governments, national leadership and facilitation of collaboration across the sector, and capacity building for family, relationship and community service organisations.
In 2020, the context for FRSA’s leadership and sector engagement has by necessity shifted as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on service delivery. Information and links to resources relating to COVID-19 are regularly updated on the FRSA information page; and details of other strategic priorities for FRSA’s peak body role can be found in our latest Strategic Plan.
FRSA’s 135 member organisations deliver services under the Australian Government’s ‘Families and Children’ Activity, the key categories of which are Family Law Services, Communities for Children (place-based) services, Family and Relationship Services, Children and Parenting, and Adult Specialist Support. The sector is an important contributor to the goals and objectives of the Department of Social Services, accounting for approximately 80 per cent of the Department’s FRS annual grant funding; and delivers the majority of all Commonwealth government funded Family Law Services. To find out more about the Government Children and Families Activity, go to the DSS website.
Services delivered by FRSA members reach approximately 580 000 Australians each year, and directly employ between 4 000 and 5 500 people across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia. To find out more about direct service delivery, read about our members.
FRSA was established in July 2007 following the decision to a single representative structure. It was identified that the Australian community would benefit from a single, national peak body that would support organisations providing family and relationship services. Please read more about our history. From our establishment in 2007 to today, we have been an active and effective conduit for information flow between our Members (and other stakeholders) and the Australian Government.
The wellbeing of all children, families and communities in Australia is supported and protected.
As the sector peak body we provide national leadership and representation. We foster collaboration and capacity building for family, relationships and community service organisations.
In order to achieve our purpose, FRSA will:
- Represent and promote the sector
- Provide value to members and other stakeholders
- Promote sector capacity and impact
- Foster innovation and collaboration
- Ensure good governance
For more about what we do and how we do it, please see our Strategic Plan 2018-21.
Our Members organisations deliver the following family and relationship services:
Family Law services
- Family Relationship Centres
- Children’s Contact Services
- Supporting Children after Separation Program
- Parenting Orders Program – Post Separation Co-operative Parenting Services
- Family Dispute Resolution
- Regional Family Dispute Resolution
- Family Relationship Advice Line
- Family Law Counselling (under FARS)
Children and Parenting services
- Children and Parenting Support
- Intensive Family Support Services
- Child Support Advocacy
- Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters
Adult Specialist Support services
- Find and Connect Support Services
- Royal Commission community based support services
- Forced Adoption Services
- Intercountry Adoption Services
Family and Relationship Services
- FaRS (Family and Relationships Services)
- Specialised Family Violence Services
Communities for Children Facilitating Partner (CfC FPs)
Our member organisations also deliver numerous other services, including:
- Post-Separation Parenting Programs
- Family Relationship Counselling
- Family and Domestic Violence Services
- Men’s Services
- Youth Services
- Aged Services
- Drug and Alcohol Services
- Mental Health Services