New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services

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NSW Department of Family and Community Services
NSW Department of Family and Community Services.jpg
Department overview
Preceding agencies
Dissolved1 July 2019 (2019-07-01)
Superseding agency
JurisdictionNew South Wales
HeadquartersSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Ministers responsible
Department executive

The New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is a former department of the Government of New South Wales and was previously responsible for the delivery of services to some of the most disadvantaged individuals, families and communities in the state of New South Wales, Australia until July 2019.

From its establishment in 2009 until the election of the O'Farrell Government in 2011, the Department was known as the Department of Human Services.[1]

Until its 2019 abolition, the department provided services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, children and young people, families, people who are homeless, people with a disability, their families and carers, women, and older people. It was formed as a cluster agency from the former Department of Housing, Department of Community Services, and the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

The functions of the department, along with broader responsibilities, were transferred to the newly formed Department of Communities and Justice with effect from 1 July 2019.[2]


Until its abolition, the department was led by its Secretary, Michael Coutts-Trotter, who reported to the Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Hon. Pru Goward MP; the Minister for Ageing, the Hon. Tanya Davies MP; and the Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Multiculturalism, the Hon. Ray Williams MP. Ultimately the ministers were responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.

Agencies within FACS included:

Funding of homelessness services[edit]

During the mid-1970s in Australia, a number of youth refuges were established in New South Wales. These refuges were founded by local youth workers, providing crisis accommodation, soon began getting funding from the NSW Government. These early refuges include Caretakers Cottage, Young People's Refuge, Taldemunde among others.[4]

In 2012, Minister Pru Goward announced a comprehensive reforms affecting the funding of homelessness services. The reform, known a "Going Home Staying Home", sought to shift funding from historical agreements to census based allocations.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Office of Juvenile Justice (1991-1993) / Department of Juvenile Justice (1993-2009)". New South Wales State Archives and Records. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Public Service Agencies) Order 2019 [NSW] (159)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 7-8. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
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  4. ^ Coffey, Michael. "What Ever Happened to the Revolution? Activism and the Early Days of Youth Refuges in NSW." Parity. Volume 19, Issue 10. Another Country: Histories of Homelessness. Council to Homeless Persons. (2006): 23–25.
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