Legislative Council: Tuesday, March 21, 2023


Strong Families, Strong Communities

235 The Hon. L.A. HENDERSON ().9 February 2023).

1. When did the Strong Families, Strong Communities program run by the Department of Human Services commence?

2. What key performance indicators were set for the program to achieve in its first year?

3. Which organisation(s) were successful through the tender process to deliver the program?

4. How will at-risk families be identified?

5. Will the program be used for both medium and high-risk families?

6. What funding is allocated for the program?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): The Minister for Human Services has advised:

1. The Strong Families, Strong Communities program is due to commence from 1 July 2023.

2. Key Performance Indicators are currently being negotiated as a part of the contract negotiation phase of the tender.

3. As the contract negotiations with provisionally preferred providers are still pending and contracts are yet to be executed, details regarding the successful organisations are unable to be provided at this stage.

4. At-risk families will be identified through community, self-referral or in partnership with other identified referral sources, as required.

5. This program will support families with lower to medium level of safety concerns with a focus on the following priority population groups:


young parents

adolescents with complex trauma

Aboriginal families with multiple and complex needs.

6. The total funding for two (2) year contracts for the program from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2025 is $8,357,450 (ex GST)—this is based on an indexation rate of 2.5 per cent.