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National Director for Schemes

Tel: +61 (0)2 4952 9488
Fax: +61 (0)2 4952 9922
Email: ceo@homestartaustralia.org
Web: http://www.homestartaustralia.org

Home-Start National (Australia) Inc. is an independent organisation that establishes new Home-Start schemes and supports all Home-Start schemes throughout Australia by offering training, information and guidance on the Home-Start model.

Home-Start began in Australia in 1989 in Newcastle, since then the development of Home-Start has expanded and in 2012 2012 Home-Start programs operated in 28 areas in New South Wales and Victoria in the following regions:- Southern Sydney, Mid North Coast NSW, Western Area NSW, Newcastle, Riverina, Central West NSW and Melbourne.

About the schemes

In Australia Home-Start schemes are either auspiced by a community agency/organization or they are managed by a community management committee with representatives from the community, Home-Start volunteers and professionals working in early childhood fields. Home-Start National also auspices Home-Start schemes as well as providing Home-Start policies and procedures, training for co-ordinators and on going support to all Home-Start schemes in Australia to ensure the Home-Start ethos and approach is maintained.

Many of these schemes are in rural areas where the tyranny of distance and confidentiality are major issues for the programs. In urban regions such as Sydney and Melbourne ethnic population mix is high and in Newcastle there are a number of families who are new to the area and do not have a social support network. It is important each individual Home-Start program reflects their community's needs and responds to the diversity and uniqueness of their local areas.

Working co-operatively with Aboriginal communities has been a beneficial experience for schemes on the mid north coast of NSW. Forming partnerships with community agencies and working collaboratively to best meet families needs has proved to be very successful in all areas Home-Start is operating.

Home-Start National (Australia) Inc. liaises with Home-Start Worldwide and is a member of the Home-Start Worldwide Advisory Group.

Funding

The Families NSW Strategy has funded many of the Home-Start programs in NSW. Home-Start in Australia welcomes this avenue of funding as a preventative initiative to support parents in the early years of child rearing.

Home-Start National (Australia) Inc. has also received recent funding from the Commonwealth’s Crime Prevention Community Grants program to support incarcerated Dads and their families. Another project currently being developed by Home-Start National (Australia) Inc. is the Healthy Kids Manual – this project is being funded through a foundation based in Newcastle.

Future Activities

This is an exciting time in the development of Home-Start in Australia as there is enormous potential for further expansion and for Home-Start to reach out to many more families in need of support. For further enquiries about Home-Start in Australia please contact:

Home-Start National (Australia) Inc.
P.O. Box 29
BROADMEADOW NSW 2292
AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61 (0)2 4952 9488
Fax: +61 (0)2 4952 9922
Email: ceo@homestartaustralia.org


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