Communites & families

Canberra is Australia’s most inclusive city; a place where we strive to ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. By investing in a wide range of services for families and those facing barriers to inclusion, we are working to see all Canberrans share in this city’s prosperity.

Last year the ACT Government provided support to families and children through our targeted programs and partnerships with community providers.

Our Children’s Services Program delivered early childhood education and care opportunities to 650 kids who may otherwise have gone without. We fund over 70 organisations to deliver in excess of 250 services and supports to the Canberra community through Grants and Service Funding Agreements.

Valuing our carers

The ACT Carers Strategy 2018-2028 will recognise and support the important role that carers play in our community.

In 2017, a panel of 49 Canberra-based carers contributed to the strategy through a deliberative democracy consultation process. In 2018, we will work with community organisations and carers to develop the first three-year action plan to deliver the priority initiatives of this Strategy.

Supporting children & families

Our Child and Family Centres, in partnership with community organisations, provide tailored services including individual case management for children and families to support early childhood development and strengthen families.

Our child development service is providing assessment, referral, information and linkages for vulnerable children aged 0–6 years, where families have concerns about their child’s development.

Implementing the Family Safety Hub

The Family Safety Hub is a network of government, specialist and community organisations, and people with a lived experience of family and domestic violence - testing new solutions to a series of challenges in the current service system.

The focus of the first challenge of the hub is prevention and early intervention for pregnant women and new parents.

More than $2 billion over 4 years including for public housing, support for families & people with disability

In this budget" $469,000 for self-help organisations united together (Shout) and $5 million to establish the Chief Minister's Charitable Fund


Communities & families factsheet (pdf 397.7 KB)