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Government outlines expectations for new family relationship centres.



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ATTORNEY -GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 • Telephone (02) 6277 7300 • Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.law.gov.au/ag

5 October 2005 182 /2005

GOVERNMENT OUTLINES EXPECTATIONS FOR NEW FAMILY RELATIONSHIP CENTRES

An information paper about how the Government believes proposed new Family Relationship Centres will work to benefit Austra lian families has been released by the Attorney -Genera l, Philip Ruddock .

Mr Ruddock said the Government had specific expec tations about the outcomes the centres would achieve .

“We want the centres to become an integral part of the Australian community ‐ a place people can go when they need help making their r elationships stronger or focus on their children when they end. At a minimum, the centres must deliver high -quality, timely, safe and ethical services ,” Mr Ruddock said.

“We do not, however, intend to lay down a blueprint about how the centres will operate in practice.

“The Government believes decisions about the day -to -day operations will be best made by the organisations that will operate the centres and work at the coalface help ing families.”

These organisations will be selected through open competitive processes, which will commence shortly.

The Government has consulted widely with the community on its package of family law reforms, including setting up a Government Taskforce to oversee the establishment of the Family Relationship Centres.

“We will co ntinue to consult with stakeholders and the broader community as these 65 new services are rolled out across Australia over the next three years,” Mr Ruddock said.

The information paper and other details on the Centres, including options for giving feedbac k can be found at http://www.ag.gov.au/family

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