Families and Communities

“The NSW Government is committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our society – children, victims of crime, and those experiencing hardship and disadvantage.”

- The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC

 

REDUCING COST OF LIVING PRESSURES

The Liberal-National Government are committed to helping individuals and families with cost of living pressures, while supporting business to succeed in our community. We have announced a range of financial and practical measures to support people.

The Service NSW cost of living service is a one-stop shop, available in Service NSW centres, online or over the phone that advises families on rebates and concessions that are available for them to claim.

Rebates for Kids

The Creative Kids Program is supporting children to be creative by providing parents, guardians and carers a $100 rebate annually for school-enrolled children. The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities.

The Active Kids Program provides two $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year.

Toll Relief

To reduce the cost of living for owners of privately-registered vehicles who are frequent toll users, the Toll Relief Program provides free vehicle registration for drivers who have spent $1352 or more on tolls in the previous financial year (an average of $26 a week).

Energy Rebates

We have also created the opportunity for the people of NSW to find the best energy deal. The online “one-click energy switch” through Service NSW, allows consumers to find and switch to the best alternative energy deals in the market.

The Seniors Energy Rebate is available for eligible independent retirees to help cover the cost of their electricity. The Seniors Energy Rebate is $200 per household, per financial year for eligible Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) holders. To apply online, go to the Service NSW website here or if you’re unable to apply online, visit a service centre or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

 

DELIVERING WORLD CLASS SERVICES

The Liberal-National Government has ignited the Service NSW cost of living service – a one-stop shop, available in Service NSW centres, online or over the phone that advises families on rebates and concessions that are available for them to claim across government.

In addition to this service, we have created the opportunity for the people of NSW to find the best energy deal. The online “one-click energy switch” service through Service NSW, allows consumers to find and switch to the best alternative energy deals in the market.

 

PROTECTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN

The Liberal-National Government believes that every child deserves a permanent and stable home for life. Our Safe Home for Life reforms strengthen the child protection system through a group of reforms including legislative change, new policy and practice, as well as a redesign of how technology is used in child protection. We are investing $500 million over four years into the Safe Home for Life program, because we know the outcomes for children are much better when they have a stable and safe home, and we know that the earlier we can get this right for vulnerable children, the better.

 

NSW AGED CARE COMMISSIONER 

The NSW Government has established the Ageing and Disability Commissioner to better protect the most vulnerable of our community. The Commissioner’s role is to:

  • provide support to vulnerable adults and their families or carers following an investigation
  • report and make recommendations to government on systemic issues related to abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • raise community awareness of abuse, neglect and exploitation, including how to prevent, identify and respond to matters
  • administer the Official Community Visitors program, in relation to disability services and assisted boarding houses.

For more information, visit the commission’s website here.

 

PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT

The Liberal-National Government is determined to combat Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and that is why we have implemented a package of initiatives to target perpetrators and support women, men and children who have experienced domestic and family violence. The package includes new Police Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams to target perpetrators and reduce the rate of reoffending, and mandated behaviour change programs.In addition, the package will increase crisis accommodation support as well as introduce Australia’s first Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, which discloses information about a perpetrator’s violent history and provide a stronger response to sexual assault.

The Liberal-National Government has increased the number of qualified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) in high-risk rural and regional communities in NSW. In addition, we are working in partnership with non-government experts from the domestic violence and sexual assault sector to develop a NSW Sexual Assault Strategy. The strategy will have a dual focus on prevention and ensuring coordinated, high quality care and support for victims.