Contract Certainty for Homelessness Sector

Homelessness services across NSW can plan well into the future to deliver expert support services to vulnerable women, men and young people following the Government’s decision to renew service contracts through to 2020.


Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing, Brad Hazzard, told a forum of more than 70 CEOs and leaders from homelessness services today that the Government appreciated the sector had undergone significant reform in recent years and needed more time to consolidate and integrate its services.


“The Government has listened to the very strong advocacy of Domestic Violence NSW, Homelessness NSW and Yfoundations that the sector needs certainty to deliver the best outcomes for the homeless in NSW,” Mr Hazzard said.


“As well as certainty, homelessness services need the best collaborative relationships and the Government will also evaluate the current Joint Working Agreements to see just how well they are working.”


Providers are currently contracted through to June 2017. The renewal to 2020 includes Government-funded homelessness services delivered through the Specialist Homelessness Services program, the Inner City Restoration Fund and the Service Support Fund (SSF). The SSF renewals are subject to a review of district priorities and the willingness of providers to vary their service delivery where required.


Under this approach:

  • ·         Service scope and value of contracts may be amended via direct negotiation with providers to meet local service needs.
  • ·         Extensions will only be offered to services which demonstrate they are meeting performance requirements.
  • ·         Re tendering will be considered on a case by case basis only if a service package changes significantly or if a provider has not performed adequately.


Mr Hazzard said the new contracts will progressively link funding to outcome measures and consultation with the sector is needed in order to get this approach right.



Apps are launched

The SkillBot and Safe Around Me apps were Friday 21st November at Merimbula RSL.

SkillBot’s aim is to provide handy living skills information that demystifies many of the processes and steps to accessing, understanding and utilising services within communities.

The Safe Around Me app provides direct support and information to people who have experienced or are experiencing domestic and family violence.



Woodwork for Women

This exciting project was designed for women to learn how to use tools and acquire basis skills in woodwork. The aim of the four week project was to design and build a set of shelves from pallets. The participants were taught how to use various tools including a hammer, saw, plane, mallet, chisel and drill.

The shelves have been completed and look fantastic.

Jo Saccomani from Two Sheds lead the project. Look out for her other classes in the local area, including Woodwork for women.IMG_4896

Barb the Builder

Information on the Barb the Builder project

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The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-22

National Plan CoverThe National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-22 (the National Plan) is a 12-year strategy which aims to bring together Commonwealth, state and territory government efforts, as well as the important work being done by civil society, the business sector and the Australian community more broadly to make a sustained reduction in the levels of violence against women and their children.

The Commonwealth Government wants to hear your ideas for action we can take at a national level to embed what has been achieved so far, fill gaps and strengthen implementation of the National Plan.

If you would like to make a written submission or for more information about the National Plan, visit The National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children web site:

Smart Safe website – Supporting women’s safety

rel-serv-icon-3This website provides women with some great resources for personal safety. There are links to booklets, how-to videos, easy legal guides and links to apps and support services. It is prepared by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), who advocates for the safe use of technology for victim/survivors of family violence and works to prevent the misuse of technology by perpetrators of abuse.

The link is


Youth Week 2014

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Youth Week 2014 is approaching  (Friday April 4 13th) and Bega Valley Shire Council’s Youth Councillors are ‘sleeping rough’ to raise awareness about youth homelessness in this region.

What we want you to do!

Come and have some BBQ breaky with us on the morning after the sleep out, that’s Thursday 10th in Littleton Gardens.  I’ll send a reminder a few days prior but we would love to see you there, gold coin donation, any money raised will be donated to a charity of the Youth Councillors choice relevant to homelessness.

Where:  Littleton Gardens

When: Starting @ 8am, Thursday 10th April 2014

Kind regards

BVSC Youth Councillors & Donna


House About Us

House About Us is an exciting pilot project designed by SEWACS. It’s aim is to give women the skills and knowledge to do small maintenance around the house and garden. It gives women the confidence to be self reliant and to seek further skills.

Some of the skills that the women have learned so far include how to:

  • patch holes in walls and then paint them
  • replace fly screens on windows and doors
  • safely remove carpet
  • cost effectively dispose and recycle household waste.

The project has also purchased lawn mowers and whipper snippers for women to use at home. This allows the women to maintain their lawns and gardens, giving them a sense of pride in their place.

Healthy Living Project

Build the garden beds out of timber, soil, netting and seedlings supplied by Bega Valley Shire Council. Women were taught about companion planting, seasons, Got to eat the vegetables. Also had to establish and maintain a compost bin for use in the garden beds. Had to organise a roster system for water, maintaining and harvesting the vegetables.