Royal Commission Community-based Support Services Funding

Up to $1 M is available to ensure there are sufficient supports available for people who engage with the Royal Commission..

  Royal Commission Community-based Support Services Funding


The Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) invites suitably qualified organisations to submit an application to deliver a range of support services to assist individuals and other family members affected through their engagement with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It is anticipated the funding will be provided in June 2013.  Successful service providers will be required to work closely with FaHCSIA and participate in evaluation activities during the life of the Funding Agreement.

The Royal Commission will inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse and related matters. It will investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions.

The Commissioners can look at any private, public or non-government organisation that is, or was in the past, involved with children, including government agencies, schools, sporting clubs, orphanages, foster care and religious organisations. This includes where they consider an organisation caring for a child is responsible for the abuse or for not responding appropriately, regardless of where or when the abuse took place.

The Royal Commission Community-based Support Services Funding funds a range of non-government organisations to provide preventative and early intervention family support services, focussing on family relationships, parenting and family law services to help navigate life’s transitions, and to help families who are vulnerable to poor outcomes to build their resources and capabilities to enable more positive family functioning.

The Royal Commission Community-based Support Services Funding provides broad-based services that complement other Australian Government programs such as family payments and child care. The FSP also provides more intensive assistance in disadvantaged areas that complements the important roles of other programs and agencies, including the statutory responsibility for child protection held by state and territory governments.



The objective of the Royal Commission Community-based Support Services Funding is to provide integrated services for families, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged families or in disadvantaged communities, to improve child wellbeing and development, safety and family functioning and to help build stronger, more resilient families and communities.

Family and Children’s Services aim to provide both broad-based early intervention and prevention services as well as more intensive capacity building assistance in targeted locations where there are multiple indicators of disadvantage.

Royal Commission Community-based Support Services Funding Services aim to provide alternatives to formal legal processes for families who are separated, separating or in dispute to improve their relationships in the best interests of children.

To achieve these aims, Royal Commission Community-based Support Services Funding services must have an emphasis on family, be child focussed and work as part of a collaborative service delivery system with links across Royal Commission Community-based Support Services Funding providers and the broader sector. This will help ensure:

    • All families are provided with the information they need about service options available, including from other sectors and jurisdictions;
    • Vulnerable families are actively connected to services and supports; and
    • Children and families at risk of harm receive a timely and well-coordinated response from those who can keep them safe.

The aims and objectives of these activities are:

    •  to provide case management and support for survivors of child sexual abuse and others who engage in the Royal Commission process;
    • to provide existing support services with appropriate resources to enable them to meet the increased demand to assist people participating in the Royal Commission;
    • to give people the opportunity to access support through established and trusted professional relationships informed by specialist trauma-informed approaches and understanding of the impact of child sex abuse;
    • to deliver a network of support services to provide people with access, flexibility and choice; and
    • to ensure that the selected support services complement and align with the support services offered in-house by the Royal Commission.


Eligible Projects

Funding for the Royal Commission Community-based Support Services Funding may be used for the following:

    • staff salaries and on-costs for project implementation and ongoing management;
    • staff training;
    • materials and equipment directly related to the implementation of the activity;
    • operating expenses directly related to the implementation of the activity such as office materials, utilities, insurances, vehicle leases, telephones, bookkeeping, and audit;
    • economy class travel within Australia related to the activity; and
    • the delivery of the activity to standards as indicated in the Program Guidelines.


Eligible Applicants

The primary target group for Royal Commission Community-based Support Services is individuals who experienced sexual abuse as children (under 18) in institutional contexts. A second target group is people who are affected through their engagement with the Royal Commission, without having been exposed directly to abuse, such as family members of survivors or employees of institutions or organisations where abuse took place.

Among those expected to give evidence at the Royal Commission are members of the Stolen Generations, who tend to experience a higher burden of ill health, including mental health problems, than other Indigenous Australians. Many members of the Stolen Generations find it traumatising to repeat their story. Working with members of the Stolen Generations requires a sympathetic understanding of the mistreatment and loss they experienced during childhood and how this trauma impacts on them as adults.

Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage is a national priority and progress towards achievement of the six closing the gap targets is being monitored by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Through the National Indigenous Reform Agreement all governments have committed to service delivery principles that guide the design and delivery of services for Indigenous people. Engagement with Indigenous men, women and children and communities should be central to the design and delivery of programs and services. Programs and services should be physically and culturally accessible to Indigenous people recognising the diversity of urban, regional and remote needs. Service providers should ensure these principles are taken into account in developing and delivering services and programs.

The following entity types are eligible for funding:

    • Incorporated Associations (incorporated under State/Territory legislation, commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc’ in their legal name);
    • Incorporated Cooperatives (also incorporated under State/Territory legislation, commonly have “Cooperative’ in their legal name);
    • Companies (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 – maybe not-for-profit or for-profit proprietary company, limited by shares or by guarantee, or public companies);
    • Aboriginal Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 and administered by the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations);
    • Organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or State/Territory legislation (many public benevolent institutions, churches, universities, unions etc);
    • Partnerships; and
    • Trustees on behalf of a trust.

Selection Process

The selection process will be open, restricted or direct at the discretion of FaHCSIA.

Open Selection

Open Competitive selection processes are open to all providers operating in the market place. Open processes are widely advertised through the media, the FaHCSIA Internet site and other sources in order to attract as much interest as possible. An application form will be available for applicants on the FaHCSIA website during an Open Competitive selection process.

Restricted Selection

A restricted selection process is used where there are few providers available due to highly specialised services being required, there are geographical considerations, specific expertise is required or there are time constraints. An application form will be made available to identified providers during a Restricted Selection process.

Direct Selection

A direct selection process is where an approach is made directly to an existing, high performing provider to expand their current service delivery activities or deliver new services. It involves assessment of a provider’s capacity to deliver an expanded service or capability to deliver a new service through use of selection criteria and/or an assessment of a provider’s current performance. An application form (if applicable) will be made available to the identified provider during a Direct Selection process.



Eligible organisations can apply for funding in the range of $50,000 to $1,000,000.


Application for the Royal Commission Community-based Support Services Funding closes on Friday 10 May 2013.


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