You have received this Kit as a Candidate standing in the
upcoming 2013 Federal Election for a seat in Greater
Western Sydney.

Stronger Voice for Greater Western Sydney (SV4GWS) is

 Community Organisations
 Regional & Sub-Regional Community Peaks
● Local Governments

SV4GWS organisations all work, or have an interest in
GWS. Our role is to represent the community sector and
our communities; to strengthen our communities; and to
tell their good news stories.

SV4GWS would like to draw your attention to five (5) key
areas that we see as important issues for you to focus on
as part of your campaign. These are contained in the
enclosed Fact Sheets, on:
 Child & Family
 Community Sector
 Environmental Sustainability
 Financial Stress
 Indigenous

We would like to see civility returned to government, and
be united in a search for public-interest solutions to
national problems. The community is also calling for
principled leadership from their representatives — clear,
costed policies, rather than dependence on ’the polls’ and
Presidential-style leadership.

SV4GWS Members thank you for taking the time to read
these Fact Sheets.

GWS Area by Local Government Areas
Stronger Voice for Greater Western Sydney members
include the following Organisations across Greater
Western Sydney:

Community Resource Network
Granville Multicultural Community Centre
Mountains Community Resource Network
Sector Connect
TRI Community Exchange
Western Sydney Community Forum
Youth Action
PO Box 208 ParramaƩa NSW 2124

a network of organisations creating a stronger voice
for Greater Western Sydney (GWS).
These organisations include:
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Community Sector
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The Greater Western Sydney area covers the following
Federal Government Electoral Areas:
 Occupations within community services and health
employ 12%of the total Australian Workforce.
 The Sector contributes more than 5%to GDP.
 Will grow by 35%over the next 10 years.

Data fromCommunity Services and Health Industry Skills Council, 
Australian Electoral Commission, and Australian Bureau of Statistics
Banks  Berowra Blaxland
Chifley Fowler  Greenway
Hughes  Lindsay Macarthur 
McMahon Macquarie Mitchell 
Parramatta Reid Watson
Population in Greater Western Sydney
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
Born Overseas
Estimated Voting Age Population
1.2 million+
Volunteering of the GWS Population
The ACOSS Australian Community Sector Survey 2013,
which is the largest survey of Australia’s community services,
revealed that frontline agencies are under enormous strain and
unable to meet the growing demand for help. Underfunding and
uncertainty about funding of services stood out strongly as the
greatest area of future pressure on the sector. This is followed by
challenges faced by smaller organisations to remain viable; and
the ongoing unmet client demand. Some findings of the Survey
show that:
 70% of housing and homeless services report that they
are struggling to meet demand; with a 5% increase in
the number of people turned away in last 12 months;
 57% identified mental health services as high need;
 63% of legal service providers could not meet demand,
and legal services had the highest numbers of turn-
aways at 20%;
 46% of domestic violence and sexual assault services
could not keep up with demand;
 47% of services reported emergency relief services as
a high area of need;
 52% of youth services could not meet demand, with a
turn-away rate of 17%.

The full report can be read at: http://www.acoss.org.au/images/uploads/

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For the purposes of SEIFA, the Australian Bureau of Statistics
(ABS) broadly defines relative socio-economic advantage and
disadvantage in terms of people’s access to material and social
resources, and their ability to participate in society. SEIFA is a
suite of four indexes that have been created from social and
economic Census information. The four indexes each summarise
a slightly different aspect of the socio-economic conditions in an
area. The Indexes are: Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage;
Relative Socio-Economic Advantage & Disadvantage; Economic
Resources; and Education & Occupation. The lower the index
the more disadvantaged and the higher the index the more
advantaged an area is.

Sydney’s most disadvantaged areas were recorded as the
Ashcroft-Busby-Miller area; Bidwill-Hebersham-Emerton was
ranked second followed by Lethbridge Park-Tregear; while
Cabramatta-Lansvale was recorded as the fourth, followed by
Fairfield in fifth. These most disadvantaged areas, based on all
areas within Sydney, all fall within the Greater Western Sydney
area and are pictured in the graph at right. www.abs.gov.au
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This is an extraction of data from the Australian Bureau of
Statistics. It does not include education, childcare and NFP
arts and recreation occupations. The total shows that there
are 19,790 people employed across GWS in the Community
Sector. (It can be assumed that this figure is understated.)
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 Equal Remuneration Case
Community Sector workers waited for a protracted period
of time for this case to be decided by Fair Work Australia
(now FWC). Ultimately, an implementation of equal
remuneration over an 8 (eight) year period would not be
tolerated within many other industries. The Sector is
looking for government(s) to fully fund the implementation
of increases over this period of time.
 Australian Charities &Not For Profit Commission
The Community Sector supports the ACNC. The ACNC
has been very informative in its implementation stage and
now its commencement. The Sector hopes that
government(s) continues along its current path with the
 Definition of Charity
The Community Sector welcomes the recent enactment
to update the definition of charity. However, it is important
that some equity be available for all community sector
organisations to obtain deductible gift recipient status
 Compliance
The Community Sector certainly supports compliance and
accreditation, but time and costs for organisations to do
this are not being fully covered by funding and grants.
 Funding
The Community Sector encourages government(s) to
examine its grant processes to provide equity to all
organisations (large and small) in the allocation of grants.

 Positive Viewof GWS
The Community Sector encourages looking at the positive
aspects of living and working in the GWS area.

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GWS has a vibrant and connected community sector,
whose outcomes are to support the communities that we
have the honour to work with. Some of the activities that
the Community Sector promotes in GWS are:

Stronger Voice for Greater Western Sydney (SV4GWS)
SV4GWS is a network of organisations wanting to create a
stronger voice for Greater Western Sydney. These
organisations include Community Organisations, Peaks,
Sub-Regional Peaks and Local Governments in GWS who
are working towards promoting a positive view.

ZEST Awards
The first ZEST Awards started 3 years ago. This is an
Awards Ceremony that acknowledges the work that is
undertaken by workers in the community sector, volunteers
and supportive private sector partners. It is a highly
anticipated event in GWS. Over the 3 years there have
been 266 nominations with 37 awards presented.

Interagencies &Collaboration
The Community Sector has developed a comprehensive
group of Interagencies across GWS that leads to
collaboration and, ultimately, best practice outcomes for
the people that we work with. The Sector also works in
collaboration with all levels of government.

The “backbone” of the Community Sector are Volunteers.
It is important for not only the Sector, but for Governments,
to recognise and support volunteers as they are invaluable
to our organisations. It is estimated that the value of
volunteerism in Australia is over $200 billion (O’Dwyer,
University of Adelaide, 2012)

Community Net
communityNet is a news, information and resources
website for the community sector, with a focus on Greater
Western Sydney, to share resources as well as information
about upcoming events, conferences, seminars and
workshops, training, funding, employment vacancies and
web links. This information helps organisations provide
information to their clients.

The Community Sector in Greater Western Sydney has
a robust connectedness with the people working in the
Sector, and for the communities that we work in.

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Children and Families
Dìb You KNow
In Greater Western Sydney in 2011:
 21.7% of the population were aged 0-14 years
(417,216 children)
 2.8%(11,750) of children aged 0-14 years identified in
the census as Indigenous
 86.6%of children aged 0-14 years were born in Aus-
 75.8%of families (271,972 families) had at least one
dependent child
 13.1%(91,223 families) of families were Single parent
families and 84.4%(76,966 families) of those were
female single parent families
 The average household size was 3 people
 The average number of children per family was 1.9
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 Strengthening families through neighbourhood service
 Building resilience in families;
 Creating child-friendly communities;
 Investing in the capacity of community health services
to engage with key health policies, including the
establishment of Medicare Locals and the Partners in
Recovery framework.
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Stronger Families Alliance
Strong, healthy children are our future. The Stronger
Families Alliance (SFA) commenced in 2007 with a shared
vision of vibrant communities where child and family
services work together with one aim - maximising the well-
being and resilience of children. The Alliance is a unique
network of community, government, civic and business
organisations which work collaboratively - 24 organisations
belong to the Alliance's core group and a further 30 are
connected to SFA-driven programs; ultimately, the
Alliance aspires to involve every Blue Mountains
organisation or group working directly or indirectly with
children. The Alliance applies the best international
research to the challenge of solving seemingly intractable
problems - such as rising rates of child abuse, social
isolation and the literacy divide - which often have their
roots in poor early childhood experiences. The
neurobiological evidence clearly demonstrates that
formative experience shapes brain development; and this
underpins the need for a prevention and early intervention

Professional development for Alliance members and
services involved with children and families is an integral
part of Alliance practice.

In 2010 SFA launched the Child and Family Plan, a 10
year roadmap for developing a unified and collaborative
service system in the Blue Mountains, developed by
Alliance members. The Plan outlines the evidence-base,
the vision and the intended outcomes for the three 'pillar'
initiatives of the Alliance: (a) Strengthening Families
through Neighbourhood Service Networks; (b) Moving
Children & their Families Beyond Vulnerability; and (c)
Creating Child-Friendly Communities. Each of these
initiatives has an implementation group which is leading
change in the service sector.

Early Start Project
Early Start provides intensive support to one Early
Learning Service at a time in the Blacktown Local
Government area for a period of 3-6 months. The Team
consists of an Early Childhood Teacher, Speech
Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist. The aim of the
project is to up-skill staff to support inclusive practices for
all children into their service. The program provided is
centre specific and is created by the team in
conjunction with Educators at the service, then rolled out in
a supported way, including but not limited to staff training,
modelling and/or provision of resources.
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DV Information Sessions Project
Campbelltown City Council partnered with the
Campbelltown Police Domestic Violence Unit and the
Macarthur Women’s Domestic Violence (DV) Court
Advocacy Service (MWDVCAS) to develop a local initiative
to address an information gap on DV in the area. In a
holistic approach, the partners provided information
sessions to Council’s child care providers on domestic
violence, as well as inviting private providers of
child care service and schools.

Training in Interaction, Communication and Literacy
The Training in Interaction, Communication and Literacy
(TICL) program is a collaborative project between speech
pathologists and child care workers to support the
language and literacy skills of children and the families that
work with them. The project was funded by the Western
Sydney Area Assistance Scheme in 2006 and was
completed in 2012. It is a partnership between Bankstown
Community Resource Group (BCRG) and The University of
Sydney, Faculty of Speech Pathology.
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There are a wide range of services that work with families in
Greater Western Sydney.

Department of Families, Community Services and
Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA)

 The Family Support Program ensures services are
available to support the wellbeing and nurturing of
children and families, especially those who are
vulnerable and disadvantaged, to enable them to
manage life's transitions, ensure children are
protected and contribute to building stronger, more
resilient communities. The Program provides
Communities for Children Services, Family &
Relationship Services, Specialist Services and
Community Playgroups.

 The Paid Parental Scheme provides 18 weeks pay at the
National Minimum Wage rate for eligible working

 The Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative
provides assistance for families with children aged under
six years with a diagnosed listed disability.

Department of Health and Aging (DoHA)
A key component of the Australian Government’s National
Health Reforms is the establishment of a new nation-wide
network of Medicare Locals. These are primary health care
organisations established to coordinate primary health care
delivery and tackle local health care needs and service gaps.
They will drive improvements in primary health care and
ensure that services are better tailored to meet the needs of
local communities.

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace
Relations (DEEWR)
The Child Care Services Support Program provides
financial assistance to child care service providers to
improve access to child care for children, families and
communities. It complements the help given to eligible
families through the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care
Rebate. Also included under this Program is Budget Based
Funded Services which support early education and child
care services in communities where these services would
not otherwise be able to operate or where culturally-
appropriate services are required.
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Environmental Sustainability
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 Overall, 15.1%of GWS residents catch public transport
to work – compared to 19.9%for Greater Sydney
ranging from <5%in Wollondilly &the Hawkesbury,
to >24%in Parramatta &Auburn.
 66.7%of GWS residents travel to work by car (5.4%as
passenger) – compared to 58.2%(4.5%) for Greater
 Lack of suitable and affordable public transport can be a
significant barrier to participation - the impact of a lack of
transport services on disadvantaged groups that is
transport disadvantage - is highly concentrated in
Western Sydney
almost 2 out of 3 (58.2%) of the people living in transport
disadvantaged areas were located in Western Sydney
(some 700,000 people).
 Australia is the second highest producer of waste per
person in the world (approx. 650 kilograms per person);
this is second only to the USA, (approx. 715 kilograms
per person) (www.transpacific.com.au/asset/cms/Documents/
Australian Waste - The Facts.pdf).
 The price we pay for electricity and gas has increased
by 120%in the last decade, and 26%in the last two
years (J an. 2013)
the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON)
reported a 23%increase in complaints fromMarch to
September 2012; and high electricity bills continued to
dominate customer complaints;
increasing energy prices are regressive and impact
disproportionately on people in receipt of fixed and low
incomes and vulnerable population groups, who may
forgo a significant and rising amount of their incomes on
many households in NSW are struggling to pay high
electricity bills.
 There are 295 Stephanie Alexander School Kitchen
Gardens nation-wide
Greater Sydney has 27 in total (13 in GWS); compared
to Greater Melbourne with 43.
 Greater Sydney has around 80 community gardens, and
200+Community Greening Programgardens
it appears that there is a link between the number of
community gardens and location of public housing
 There are 39 NSW Farmers’ Markets registered with the
Australian Farmers Markets Association (for farmers &
food producers to sell farm-origin and associated value-
added processed artisan food products directly to
in the Greater Sydney area;
with many more informal markets.
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 Environmental sustainability is made a national, state
and local priority: including effective waste, land,
invasive pest, biodiversity, and water management.
 Safe, affordable, nutritious food for everyone; and a
Kitchen Garden in every home / school / community for
those who wish to be involved in growing their own
 Reliable, regular, safe and affordable public transport;
and genuine incentives to ride/walk/share/take public
 Utilising energy policy to actively encourage renewable,
non-polluting energy production, including:
the Federal solar power rebate extended;
the Solar Cities project extended to every community;
encouraging equity in treatment of the clean energy
supplement across States and Territories (in NSW the
clean energy supplement is being regarded as
assessable income for the purpose of determining
social housing rents, despite Centrelink written
notification that it is "a tax free payment and does not
count as income for social security or family
assistance purposes").
 Energy markets which are affordable
with consumer protections and improved consumer
information about the energy market and sustainable
energy options.
 A climate change policy where the polluters pay for
reducing carbon pollution.
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Riverwood Community Garden was established in 2000 as
Riverwood public housing tenants expressed an interest in
the development of a communal garden. This successful
Community Greening Program initiative works in conjunction
with Housing NSW, the BGT, Canterbury City Council and
the Riverwood Community Centre. Currently there are 55
private family plots occupied by Riverwood public housing
tenants, and 2 communal plots (currently there is a 4 year
waiting list for plots). The Riverwood Community Garden is
representative of a large number of Community Gardens
across GWS. The Riverwood Community Centre uses the
community garden as a tool to foster further community
engagement. The garden is used as a medium to inform and
provide access to additional community services by providing
a common meeting ground for public housing residents; and
many of the people engaged with the garden also participate
in other programs.
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There is potential to foster further relationships with the
community (especially schools) and become a showcase for
community gardening management and design.

WS Car-pooling – a Smart Way to Travel
The Western Sydney Carpool project is a free service to all
Sydney commuters. The aim is to encourage commuters to
share their vehicle to and from work or study. Encouraging
car sharing helps to reduce congestion on the roads, and
saves money for the end-user by reducing the cost of fuel,
tolls and parking.

The free online matching databases are provided via website
and mobile app for Android and iPhone devices. There are
currently over 800 active members from over 320 suburbs
across Sydney.

Blue Mountains – a ‘Slow’ City:
Cittaslow (pron. “Chitta-slow”) is an Italian idea developed
fromthe Slow Food movement. Cittaslow towns take the
time to identify what is important and special about that town
and its surrounding area, and put in place strategies to
preserve their unique qualities, making life better for
The Blue Mountains was formally declared a Cittaslow in
March 2007, and co-operates on a wide, collaborative front
with, for example:
 BM community ‘foodi’ organisations keeping locals up to
date with seasonal produce and where to find/harvest it;
running hands-on workshops; and ‘Crop & Swap’
 BM tourism, including Heritage & Art Walks and the Blue
Mountains Artists Studio Trail; & Slow Shopping Trail for
Fashionistas Guide;
 The A Kitchen Garden in Every Blue Mountains Home
project, with BM nurseries/garden centres giving away free
Planting Guides & seedlings/seeds each spring; plus
several BM Community Gardens and street gardens;
 Many and varied local celebrations and Festivals.

Mind the Gap: Blackheath Neighbourhood Centre (BANC)
and the Getting Around in the Community (GAIC) Project, in
partnership with the Blackheath Community Alliance,
interviewed 840 Upper Blue Mountains residents in early
2013 about their need for public transport. At present, there
are gaps of up to and sometimes more than two hours
between trains during the day between Katoomba and the
west. The lack of a regular service adversely affects the
community who need to be able to access employment,
follow education, attend appointments, or shop. A
resounding majority said that they wanted a train service that
was at least hourly (Mind the Gap report), the same
frequency as that ‘enjoyed’ by the rest of the Mountains.
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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
Children around the country are getting their hands dirty and
learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh,
seasonal food. The Kitchen Garden Program began in 2001,
and has since steadily and successfully been rolled out in
295 primary schools; Kitchen Gardens are situated at
thirteen individual primary schools in Sydney’s Greater West.
Each school brings the wide-ranging benefits of pleasurable
food education to its students and surrounding families. “We
want to bring good food into the curriculum and culture of
every school; to feed the minds, bodies and futures of each
and every student.”

Sustainable Food Production
The 2010 final report of the Senate Select Committee on
Agriculture and Related, Food Production in Australia
The land on the fringes of Australia's major cities has
been an important food growing area, due to the arable
qualities of the land and the proximity to consumers that
ensures food freshness and minimal transport costs.
However, population growth and associated housing
development in major cities is encroaching into land
previously used to provide food for their inhabitants.
In 2013, the Australian Government released our first
National Food Plan which establishes “… an integrated
approach to food-related policies and programs for the
benefit of food businesses and consumers... [Our] food
system is being shaped by … forces such as world
population growth, … consumption preferences, … climate
change, limits to natural resources, and rising health issues
due to poor dietary intake.”

Encouragement of Clean Energy:
Home Energy Saver Scheme – provides low income
households who are disconnected or at risk of disconnection
with advice, referral and tips on reducing energy usage;

Talking Stars program– provides subsidies through NILS
schemes for low energy appliances;

Clean Energy Future (CEF) Package - $20 million dollars is
available within this Package for businesses and community
groups to save money on their operating costs while also
lowering Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The National Waste Policy
A new, coherent, efficient and environmentally responsible
approach to waste management in Australia. The policy,
endorsed by COAG, sets Australia's waste management and
resource recovery direction to 2020.

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Financial Stress
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Across Australia in 2010 the number of people living below the poverty line:
 2,265,000 people (12.8%)
 575,000 children (or 17.3%)
 63%of people in unemployed households
 25%of people in lone parent households
 52%of Newstart recipients
 45%of Disability Support Pension (DSP) recipients
 14%of Aged pensioners
 26%of adults living in households below the 50%poverty line came froma non English-speaking country.

In Greater Western Sydney in 2011:
 72,219 (14.1%) families had a weekly income of $599 or less
 143,074 (21.3%) of households were paying more than 30%of income in housing costs (housing stress).
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 Increase Newstart and other Allowances by $50 and indexing payments;
 Double the number of wage subsidies for very long term unemployed to 20,000 places per year, and boosting job
 Establish an Affordable Housing Growth Fund to expand the stock of affordable housing;
 Increase the maximum rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 30% (around $15 per week) to assist people on low
incomes to meet rising rental costs;

Key Budget savings ($6b in 2014-15) proposed by ACOSS to pay for these reforms include:
 Improving the tax revenue base, by curbing:
* Income tax avoidance
* The use of private ‘discretionary' trusts
* Capital gains (income from sale of assets such as property and shares)
* International companies reducing tax paid in Australia
* Churning income through super accounts to avoid taxes on wages.
 Tackling poorly-targeted spending programs and tax breaks, such as:
* Health insurance rebate for ancillary or ‘extras' cover not related to hospital care
* The 20% tax-break for medical ‘gap fees' exceeding $2,060 a year
* Senior Australians and Pensioners Tax Offset
* Deduction for education expenses - already announced
* Non superannuation termination payments.
 Revenue-Neutral measures:
* Restructuring Family Tax Benefits - target families at risk of poverty and simplify the family payments system
* Review Baby Bonus and School Kids Bonus and better target (through higher Family Tax Benefit Part A) to
low and middle income families.
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The Macarthur Real Estate Engagement Project

 The Project uses a collaborative approach to support new
and existing tenants of real estate agents to address the
needs of those at risk of homelessness, using existing
resources of the service system.
 The Project developed a targeted marketing and
engagement campaign in early 2012 aimed at local real
estate agents. The campaign promoted the capacity of
local nongovernment and government services to support
tenants in crisis and prevent evictions.
 The Project is built on an understanding of the needs of
both the community services and real estate industry.
Supporting tenants who are struggling to maintain their
tenancies benefits the community sector and government
by preventing people from becoming homeless. This also
benefits real estate agents by saving stress, time and
expenditure caused by the process of eviction.
 The outcome, preventing families from becoming
homeless, used an innovative approach to the
collaboration of 2 completely diverse and somewhat
disconnected sectors. One, a group of workers in the
community services sector; and the other, property
managers working in Real Estate agencies in the
Campbelltown region. By collaborating, a valuable low cost
outcome (preventing homelessness) was achieved.

The Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub
- a partnership project

 Brings non-government and government organisations
together to improve and build on services and opportunities
for people who experience social disadvantage and
exclusion. The model incorporates hot meals, social and
recreational activities, case management, advocacy and
support, and avenues for referral.
 The partnership has been instrumental in assisting
individuals and families to overcome barriers to
participation. It has built on the existing work of local
agencies by adopting a holistic approach to providing
services to meet client needs. This is demonstrated by the
range of outreach and referral networks that have been
established, including: Mission Australia, Anglicare, Inspire
Community Services, Cabramatta Community Centre,
Housing NSW and Centrelink.
 Individuals and families accessing the service have been
linked with assistance in the community such as housing
support, financial support, emergency relief, youth
brokerage, family support, advocacy, financial counselling,
drug and alcohol counselling, shower and laundry facilities.
 The range of networks and services provided as a result of
this partnership are critical to meeting the needs of the 70+
individuals and families accessing the kitchen over three
days per week.
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There are a range of payment schemes to help those in
financial stress for:
A detailed list is available at:

Other initiatives include:

National Affordable Housing Agreement
The National Affordable Housing Agreement includes funding
for public housing, the Community Housing Investment
Program, Aboriginal Housing and additional assistance for
Australians with limited means to access housing.
Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) is a supplementary
Government payment provided to recipients of income
support including Family Tax Benefit Part A to assist people
to meet the costs of rental in community housing and the
private rental market.

Better Futures, Local Solutions
Better Futures, Local Solutions is a place-based approach
that helps community partners to work together to address
local participation challenges. As part of the Better Futures,
Local Solutions initiative, a Local Solutions Fund provides
funding for innovative and creative solutions to increase
social and economic participation by supporting projects
designed for the local community.

Building Australia's Future Workforce
Building Australia’s Future Workforce package, announced in
the 2011–12 Federal Budget, is about providing greater
opportunities for Australians to develop their skills, train and
get into the workforce.

Independent reviewof the Centrepay System
An independent review will commence into the operations of
Centrepay, the bill-paying service for people receiving a
Centrelink payment.

Supporting Jobless Families
The Supporting Jobless Families measure was introduced in
the 2011-12 Budget as part of the Building Australia’s Future
Workforce package.

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Indigenous Australians
Job seekers
Migrants, refugees and visitors
Older Australians
People with a disability
Remote & rural Australians
Students and trainees
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In the 2011 Census, 32,077 people in GWS identified themselves as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. In the 2006
Census, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in GWS was 25,756.
59.3%of Greater Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders live in GWS.
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 Work together with Indigenous communities and organisations to advocate that Government undertake an audit of
what is needed in GWS to better address the needs of the communities.
 Work with Indigenous communities and workers to build capacity of Indigenous organisations, to enable the funding
flow to Indigenous community-controlled organisations and services.
 Work together with government and non-government organisations, with a focus on enhancing social and emotional
well-being of the Indigenous communities.
 Encourage organisations to develop their Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), to document and implement their
contribution to reconciliation.
 Support indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination.
 The community sector, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers/organisations are working in partnership with
Indigenous community elders/leaders and organisations, to tackle poverty (especially in Mt Druitt), and change the
cycle of non-Indigenous negative perceptions to impact on Indigenous communities’ lives.
The largest urban communities of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people live in the GWS region, primarily in
the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Liverpool and Penrith LGAs. 

Indigenous persons by age range in GWS , 2011
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(Uncle) Dallas Dodd - Uncle Dallas Dodd is a well-
respected, highly qualified Cultural and Spiritual Elder who
has been granted permission by the local Aboriginal
community to do his work. Uncle Dallas was instrumental in
establishing a program for identified “at risk” Indigenous
Youth in the Hazelbrook area with the aim of preventing them
from becoming homeless, by breaking the cycle and reducing
risk factors while improving the health and wellbeing of
individuals, groups and communities.

Tamika Briggs - Tamika is a young Aboriginal girl from the
Dharawal tribe who has embraced her culture and helps
others do the same. Tamika is a highly active volunteer who
is called upon regularly to do the Acknowledgement of
Country in her native language. She is a member of a local
aboriginal advisory group (YARN) that aims to help NGOs,
Councils, and Elders with the needs of Aboriginal youth, and
to assist at risk young people make healthier life choices.
Tamika is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science in
Indigenous studies.

Kevin &Karen Treloar – Magic Symbols - Kevin & Karen
Treloar are members of the local community in Mt Druitt who
believe that all children should learn something about
traditional Aboriginal Culture. They have taken it upon them-
selves to provide this information in the form of resource
books that have symbols, traditional names and stories.
These books are distributed through schools, local hospitals
and community organisations to children for the purpose of
learning Aboriginal history and culture. This self-funded
project is supported by Harold Thomas (the Elder who
designed the Aboriginal flag), along with the local community,
community workers, and schools.

Ngroo Education Incorporated- Ngroo provides training
and consultancy to mainstream preschools in Western
Sydney. Ngroo's model inspires, supports and builds the
capacity of mainstream early childhood services to
respectfully create equitable partnerships with Aboriginal
families by supporting their participation in inclusive and
culturally appropriate early childhood education. Determined
to address the inequity for the many Aboriginal children not
accessing any early childhood education, the Ngroo team
developed a model based on removing the barriers and
staying connected with, and listening, to the Aboriginal
families and Elders, seeking their guidance in how to make
preschool a safe place for their children.

Black on Track - The Black on Track Indigenous Healing
Program has engaged and helped 3000 Indigenous and non-
Indigenous people over the last six years. The program takes
the participants through a self-healing process that
empowers them to take responsibility for their choices and
actions. The participants gain awareness and the knowledge
through step-by-step training on how to focus on the positives
and eliminate the negative choices in life.
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Government Departments have Indigenous identified
positions to ensure that services are accessible and
culturally appropriate to Indigenous people.
Indigenous funding announcements made in 2013 federal
 $127.5 million to extend employment programs;
 $12 million for additional support for specialised
Indigenous legal services;
 $15 million over three years to continue funding for the
National Congress, starting in 2014;
 $1.3 million over two years for a developmental study
of Indigenous children.

We are not in a position to specify how much money will
be available for Indigenous communities in GWS.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services
and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
FaHCSIA are supporting Indigenous Australians through a
range of programs and services including Closing the Gap
initiatives. FaHCSIA also provides grants and funding to
support Indigenous organisations and individuals.
Closing the Gap is a commitment by all Australian
governments to work towards a better future for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to close the gap
of Indigenous disadvantage in areas such as health,
housing, education and employment. As the department
responsible for Indigenous affairs, FaHCSIA is the lead
Australian Government agency on Closing the Gap.
The Australian Government, through FaHCSIA, reaches
out to Indigenous Australians through a network of offices
across the country. These include 29 Indigenous
Coordination Centres and six Regional Operations
Centres. Unfortunately, none of above-mentioned Centres
are based in Greater Western Sydney.

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