Turnbull government funds new family dispute-resolution service

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Attorney-General George Brandis QC has announced that the Turnbull government has earmarked $9.87m in funding for two new projects to help vulnerable families across Australia.

The government has provided $6.2m to fund a new legally-assisted and culturally appropriate family dispute-resolution service.

It is also providing $3.67m in additional funding over the next two years to children’s contact services across Australia, bringing total Commonwealth funding for the 65 contact services to more than $17m each year.

The announcement was made by Brandis at the National Association of Community Legal Centres Conference last Friday.

The new family dispute-resolution service is being piloted in the following eight locations.
  • Tamworth, NSW – through Centacare New England North West
  • Bankstown, NSW – through CatholicCare
  • Sunshine, VIC – through Relationships Australia (Victoria)
  • Broadmeadows, VIC – through MacKillop Family Services Limited
  • Toowoomba, QLD – through The Corporation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba
  • Upper Mt Gravatt, QLD – through Relationships Australia (Qld)
  • Perth, WA – through Relationships Australia (Western Australia)
  • Darwin, NT – through Relationships Australia (Northern Territory)


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