This Strategic Plan outlines FRSA’s vision, purpose and how we will achieve our purpose.
This is the continuation of a significant journey for FRSA and its members. We have worked hard to ensure that the good intentions with which we began have been translated into practical strategies and actions that we and our members can commit to. FRSA invites you to distribute the plan through your organisation and broader networks.
Expiry of the Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account: Implications for family and relationship services Report
The Centre for International Economics was commissioned by FRSA to consider the impact of possible reduced funding levels to the FRSA membership base from 1 July 2021 due to the expiry of the Social and Community Services (SACS) Special Account.
An audit of intake screening and assessment tools used in the family and relationship services sector (2019)
This summary report shares the results and case studies from the FRSA members survey titled: An audit of intake screening and assessment tools used in the family and relationship services sector. The summary report is a significant step in the direction to enacting recommendations made in the FRSA research report: Strengthening prevention and early intervention for families into the future (2017).
FRSA is proud to launch the research report Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future, commissioned to Professor John Toumbourou and colleagues at the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) in the School of Psychology, Deakin University.
The report investigates the current and future potential for our sector to take a greater prevention and early intervention approach in our service delivery to ameliorate multiple risk factors and enhance multiple protective factors—toward improving the wellbeing of the children, families and communities we serve.
Value For Everyone Report: Understanding the Social and Economic Benefits of Family Support Services (2013)
This report was produced for use when advocating for increased investment in high quality support services for families. It summarises current evidence – Australian and international – demonstrating that investing in early intervention for families results not only in a socially just, inclusive society but in a productive economy as well.
The purpose of this project was to explore community engagement activities undertaken in the post‑separation services funded by the Attorney‑General’s Department, through the Federal Government’s Family Support Program (FSP).Through this research FRSA sought to understand how community engagement should be defined and understood in the context of post‑separation services. Post‑separation service providers were invited to identify the purposes and benefits of engaging with the broader community and sought to identify factors that drive and restrain community engagement, both internal and external to the organisation. A clear and consistent message was that community engagement requires long term commitment, the development of relationships of trust and respect, and the utilisation of community strengths and skills. Hard copies can be provided on request.
This strategy is the culmination of work that began in 2008 when FRSA convened a joint sector-Government working group on Workforce Development with representatives from FRSA member organisations, the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), the Attorney-General’s Department and the Community Services Health & Industry Skills Council (CSHISC). The purpose of the strategy is to secure and develop the capacity of the family and relationship services workforce to meet the needs of Australian families now and into the future.
The Linkages & Collaboration: What Helps, What Hinders Project explored service linkages and collaboration between Family and Relationship Services (FRS) and related community service sectors such as health, mental health, child welfare, family law and community or neighbourhood networks. The project, supported by the Australian Government, specifically focused on five communities from around the country. The report highlights a number of recommendations and future directions for community service organisations on how to improve their services to families, children and young people through collaboration.
FRSA Conference e-Journals
FRSA is proud to launch this forth e-Journal of peer-reviewed papers from the annual FRSA National Conference.
This e-Journal expands on the FRSA National Conference 2019 theme New Horizons: Building the future, paving the way. This year’s e-Journal features six papers showcasing just some of the work being undertaken towards ‘new horizons’ in family and relationship services.
This e-Journal expands on the FRSA National Conference 2018 theme Be the change: Leaving no one behind. This is the biggest e-journal yet with nine papers, which explore the streams of the first 1000 days, key transition points in the schooling years, relationship breakdown and re-partnering, family violence and ageing.
This e-Journal expands on the FRSA National Conference 2017 theme Connecting the dots, creating wellbeing for all. Collectively, the following six papers explore creative ways we can strengthen wellbeing across the family life course by connecting sectors and disciplines as well as formal and informal services and supports.
This first edition e-journal reflects the FRSA National Conference 2016 theme Measuring Success in the family and relationship sector for the wellbeing of children, families and communities.
Developed from the 56 successful abstracts submitted to the Conference, authors were invited to expand on their ideas and submit a 6,000 word paper. After an extensive blind review process, those successful were selected for publication in the e-journal.
Following the Conference concurrent session streams, the successful papers focus on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, the first 1000 days, and successful workforce preparedness in the sector (originally submitted for the 2015 FRSA Conference).
FRSA is very excited to launch this publication and look forward to publishing future e-Journals that align with FRSA Conferences in years to come.
FRSA Annual Reports
FRSA’s annual reports provide an overview of FRSA’s activities during each 12 month period (July-June). This includes program activity and evaluation, policy and advocacy, research, events and the financial report for that period.