Re-negotiation of OOHC Foster Care and Aboriginal Foster Care contracts to provide services to NSW children and families

Friday, March 17, 2017

NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) are seeking non-government service providers to deliver services to NSW children and young people in out of home care (OOHC). Service delivery is currently undergoing significant reform aiming to improve the long term outcomes for children impacted by child abuse and neglect. This includes permanency planning, de-escalation of children and young people to more normalised home environments and supporting a reduction in the amount of time children and young people spend in care.

In May 2016 the Minister for Family and Community Services the Hon. Brad Hazzard announced that residential Out of Home Care services would be subject to a full tender process while Foster Care services would be subject to a re-negotiation. These processes will include the implementation of new therapeutic care requirements and the introduction of outcomes based contracting and performance measures.

FACS will be releasing Single Invited Proposals (SIPs) to existing contracted foster care agencies to commence a re-negotiation process. FACS is not entering into a competitive tender process. FACS is not seeking to identify new providers nor is it seeking to expand existing service delivery. SIPs released on the eTendering website will not be publically available. Each SIP will be viewable by the relevant contracted foster care agency only.

More information can be found on the NSW Government Tenders website.