The Safety screening policy for funded organisations (as listed in the Service Agreement Requirements) was issued on 1 January 2020 as part of the 2020-2024 Service Agreement.
The policy now includes two updates, effective 1 July 2021, which includes a legislative change and a clarification of the existing disclosable outcomes process.
In December 2020, the department advised providers of foster care and lead tenant services that quarterly reporting of expenditure by item is being replaced by annual reporting of expenditure by the existing placement support categories (such as: items and equipment, carer support, and transport under $3,000).
The way DFFH regulates social services will be changing. The department has updated agencies and peak bodies about the upcoming legislation, and consultation about the regulations is the next step.