This report focuses solely on the findings from the Implementation Review of the Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC). This review has considered the implementation and operation of the FRC in the first 18 months of its 3.5-year term. The report highlights the progress made and recommends changes where these could help to improve the effectiveness of the FRC for the remainder of its term. It also documents what is happening in the communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge and considers this in light of what was expected for the Cape York Welfare Reform overall.
The Family Responsibilities Commission 2015-16 Annual Report provides details on the operations of the Commission over the past financial year, including statistics, financial details and case studies.
During quarter 33, 1,294 within jurisdiction agency notices were received by the Family Responsibilities Commission (the Commission), an increase of 213 from last quarter. There were 647 conferences held for the same period, representing an increase of 45 from the previous quarter. Fifteen Family Responsibility Agreements (FRAs) were entered into, 47 orders were made to attend community support services and 69 Conditional Income Management (CIM) orders were issued. When compared to last quarter, this represents an increase of 2 FRA’s, an increase of 2 orders to attend community support services and a decrease of 19 CIM orders.
Voluntary Income Management (VIM) agreements increased by 6 from last quarter. VIM agreements are requested in order to assist with budgeting and to ensure funds remain available for purchases. The Commission considers an increase in VIM numbers to be indicative of community members resuming responsibility for their lives.
The Commission case-managed 160 clients during the quarter, making 64 referrals relating to 55 clients. Further activity during the quarter consisted of 20 Applications to Amend or End Agreements or Orders (an increase of 3 from the previous quarter). No Show Cause conferences were held during quarter 33 (the same as the last quarter).