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DCJ: TEI Inform – Aboriginal Guardianship Support Model

Posted on July 22, 2021

A message from Anthony Shannon

Hi all, 

Aboriginal Guardianship Support Model – TRIAL

AbSec, the New South Wales Child Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation, is trialing a new support model for Aboriginal children and young people on guardianship and their guardians.

This AbSec initiative will support Aboriginal community controlled organisations (ACCOs) to deliver a new service and develop a network of available supports for this client group so they live better lives and thrive.

The model is outcomes-focused, and will be administered by AbSec. The project is being funded by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).

The model aims to establish new and innovative ways of providing supports and services to the client groups, and respond to challenges they are experiencing following the shift to guardianship.

The model will be trialed in two locations – the Hunter and South West Sydney – from October 2021 to September 2023, and evaluated for implementation across NSW. Aboriginal organisations with appropriate expertise and in the best position to successfully manage service delivery with Aboriginal children, young people and families subject to guardianship orders are invited to submit a response to the provider specifications. Activities include:

  • Providing a community hub, drop-in and culturally appropriate one point of contact service
  • Providing and facilitating a child and family-centred support – information, advice, referral, advocacy and goal planning client around client priority needs including financial and cultural planning
  • Providing and facilitating family, community and cultural connections; and connection to Country; supporting peer support groups & training
  • Administering brokerage.

The opportunity opened on Monday 5 July 2021, and closes at 5pm on Monday 16 August 2021. For more information see

An evaluation and governance panel comprised of representatives from AbSec, DCJ and an external parties will assess, interview and recommend successful providers. Short listed providers will be interviewed, and organisations notified of the outcome in September. AbSec encourages organisations meeting eligibility requirements to submit a response.

If COVID Health Restrictions change, AbSec will hold face to face sessions in the areas in August.

For more information, please contact Bill Pritchard, Executive Leader, on 02 9559 5299 or

Kind regards,
Anthony Shannon
Director, Early Intervention, Volunteering and Youth