NSW Government's Going Home, Staying Home homelessness reforms up for review

A REVIEW of the state government's Going Home, Staying Home homelessness reforms has been announced, but it will not look into services that have been forced to close.

Last week a spokesperson for Department of Family and Community Services confirmed it had initiated a post-implementation review of the Going Home, Staying Home reforms.

They said the review would look at the process, design, implementation, consultation and engagement of the reforms and would include Homelessness NSW, Domestic Violence NSW, Yfoundations and the Council of Social Service of NSW.

The NSW Ombudsmen will oversee the review.

The opposition has slammed the funding reforms, presenting a petition to State Parliament last week. It is concerned women and children who are victims of domestic violence and assault will be deprived of a safe place by the changes.

The controversial reforms are almost complete, as more than 80 per cent of the successful tenderers have signed contracts that will change the way state funding will be delivered.

Workers from Warlga Ngurra Women & Children's Refuge at Wallsend

Workers from Warlga Ngurra Women & Children's Refuge at Wallsend

Wallsend state MP Sonia Hornery said more than 80 specialist providers across the state had not had their funding renewed, including eight Hunter and Central Coast centres - Newcastle Youth Accommodation Service (Wallsend), Warlga Ngurra Women & Children's Refuge (Wallsend), Yacaaba Centre (Nelson Bay), Upper Hunter Community Services (Muswellbrook), Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation (Singleton), Toukley Women's Refuge and Katakudu Women's Housing (Wyong).

However, Family and Community Services minister Gabrielle Upton has disputed the number, saying 46 services across the state were unsuccessful in the tender process.

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WESLEY Mission Australia has confirmed that one of its Newcastle workers has been made redundant since the state government’s Going Home, Staying Home reforms were introduced.  

A  Wesley Mission spokesperson said the loss of staff members had been minimal and there had been no impact on the delivery of services.