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The Australian Government provides funding through the Family Support Program to support families in the day-to-day raising of children from birth to teens, via the information and resources on the Raising Children Network. The Family Support Program is administered by the Department of Social Services (DSS).

The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) supports families to better manage life’s transitions through the Family Support Program.

The Family Support Program aims to:

  • ensure children at risk are protected
  • contribute to building stronger, more resilient communities
  • better target its services to vulnerable and disadvantaged families.

The Family Support Program has two core streams:

  • Family and Children’s Services
  • Family Law Services.

Family and Children’s Services is streamlined into four service types:

  1. Communities for Children provides prevention and early intervention services to families with children aged up to 12 years and who are at risk of disadvantage, including Indigenous families.
  2. Family and Relationship Services deals with adult relationship issues, counselling for young people and children and broader parenting support.
  3. Specialist Services has particular knowledge and skills for dealing with vulnerable families affected by issues such as drugs, violence and trauma.
  4. Community Playgroups supports parents with young children.

You can read more about each service on the Family and Children’s Services page of the DSS website.

The Family Support Program provides a significant opportunity for the community sector and government to collaborate in response to a wide range of social needs. The collaboration is supported by national services including Family Relationship Advice Line, Family Relationships Online, MensLine and Raising Children Network.

The Helping Children with Autism package offers additional support through information about autism spectrum disorder on the Raising Children Network website, as well as online resources and interactive functions to support parents, carers and professionals.

  • Last updated or reviewed 13-08-2014