All eyes are on the Holiday break

Whilst I know all eyes are on the Christmas/New Year break – our work is not yet done!

One key task I want to highlight today is the FRSA Conference Call for Abstracts process that we have extended until TUESDAY next week, the 20th of December.  Energy and enthusiasm for the FRSA Conference being held 15-18 May next year, on the Gold Coast is also reflected in the number and calibre of Abstracts we have received thus far – but keep them coming!  We are so proud to host the event that showcases the Family and Relationship Sector’s work in an environment of shared learning and networking.  Make sure you have the date for the conference marked in your calendar.

We have just opened up Early Bird Registrations which will be available until 14 March 2023.

We have also been extremely busy working with the team at the Centre for International Economics on the Cost Benefit Analysis of the Family and Relationship Services sector that we have commissioned them to do.  I will be writing shortly to our members to provide an update on that project before the year is out.

I am disappointed that we do not as yet have details around how the supplementary funding for Community Sector Organisations promised in the October budget will be decided and allocated but I wish to assure you we are at the table on those discussions.   It would appear that AGD’s processes are more advanced than DSS – but not yet at the announcement stage.  We are certainly advocating for ‘sooner rather than later’ announcements knowing full well that how organisations are dealing with the shortfall in funding – given wage and indexation pressures – is variable and certainly extremely stressful.

We know too there are significant natural disaster related stressors on numerous areas and organisations at this time compounding already significant pressures at this time of year – and I extend my thoughts of care, concern and wishes for positive recovery.

To our FRSA members, I wish to extend my thanks on behalf of the 580,000 children, young people and adults you have worked with this year for your care and concern and for the difference you have made in their lives.

Whether you are limping or speeding to the finish line – I hope that your Christmas and New Year is spent enriched with the love and friendship of those you hold near and dear in your life.

For the FRSA National Office, we will be taking a short break over this period with the office closing on Friday, 23 December 2022 and re-opening on 4 January 2023.  Contact details during this period will be available on our website –

We look forward to 2023 with energy, enthusiasm and dedication!

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