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24 July 1992

Federal fun din g b oost fo r fam ily services

Australian organisations involved in a broad range of services aimed at reducing family breakdown - including marriage education and marriage counselling - are to receive a $2.4 million boost from the Federal Government.

The Federal Minister for Justice, Senator Michael Tate, said today the Government would increase support for community based Family Services projects nationally in 1992-93 to almost $19 million, increasing the availability of services and improving community access.

And the Government is to enlist the support of the Association of Apex Clubs of Australia to generate greater community awareness of parenting skills and the problems of family disputes, and llie help available in resolving them.

Senator Tate made the announcement in Hobart today at a news conference also attended by Mr Angus Redfoid, chairman of the Australian Family Protection Trust established by die Apex dubs to undertake the project.

The Minister said the Commonwealth funds would be used to expand existing services and open new ones in areas where a particular community need has been identified.

Included in the increased allocation is $800,000 extra for marriage education initiatives and close to $1.5m extra for marriage counselling nationwide.

The equivalent of 30 more full-time marriage counsellors will become active, thereby increasing the availability of counselling assistance by 11 percent almost immediately.

This will help approximately a thousand more couples find positive ways to approach stresses in their marriages", Senator Tate said..

The new projects also include 008 phone counselling services in Western Australia and Queensland to assist families in remote areas, and a community education campaign to promote pre-marriage education to he piloted in rural Victoria.

Marriage Guidance Australia will produce a short, accessible video as part of a national program aimed at helping to educate people on marriage, conflict resolution and family skills.

Increased resources for the peak marriage education organisations (the Australian Association for Marriage Educators and the Catholic Society for Marriage Education) will assist co-ordination and increase the standards and relevance of marriage education services.

“This injection will add 56 new Family Services Program initiatives across Australia", Senator Tate said.

“It boosts the already extensive support being provided by the Federal Government to encourage greater family stability and to assist people to cope at critical times in their relationships".

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The Minister said the Government placed great value on the family unit and the wellbeing of children.

“Even though thewre is strong competition for public funds, we have virtually doubled the financial support available through this Program since 1990.

“Indeed, the increase in Marriage Education - the preventative and educative aspect of the Program - more than doubles last year’s commitment so that our full annual outlay in 1992/93 will now be SI.2m".

Today’s annmouncement of additional funds brings to $18,672,400 the full amount being allocated to the preventative measures of the Family Services Program in 1992-93.

Senator Tate said he was pleased that many more Australian couples and children would benefit from this initiative of the Federal Labor Government

Released by Adrian Wild 002 34 9100 or 06 277 7260 For further information contact: Assistant Secretary, Program Grants Branch, Office of Legal Aid and Family Services, Attorney-General’s Department, Barton ACT, Ph: 06 250 6853.

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COMMONWEALTH FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM TOTAL FUND ING DOLLARS 1989*90 TO 1992-93

Marriage Counselling

Marriage Education Family Mediation

Adolescent Mediation and Family Therapy

Family Skills Training

TOTAL FUNDS FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM

1989-90 7703000 248000 542000 818000 ■ 9 3 1 1 0 0 0

1990-91 9756 000 382000 1120000 1380000 200000 12837000

1991-92 12131300 633 300 1424200 1322300 705300 16116400

1992-93 13704200 1181000 1471700 1391700 923800 18672400

COMMONWEALTH FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM TOTAL

DOLLARS FUNDING TO COMMUNITY BA SED AGENCIES

1 9 8 9 -9 0 TO 1 9 9 2 -9 9

20.000. 000 τ­ Ι 8,000,000 10.000. 000 14.000. 000 12.000. 000 10.000,000

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8.000,000 4.000. 000 2.000. 000 0

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