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Information in our publication scheme is grouped and accessible through seven classes:
Information about who we are and what we do can be found at:
Information about the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Local Commissioners and Commission staff can be accessed through our Annual Reports. The Commission’s structure is set out in our organisational chart.
Office locations and how you can contact the Commission can be found at Contact Us.
The Commission delivers services to communities which are culturally unique and some of which are geographically remote. The main objects of the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008 (referred to hereinafter as the FRC Act) are:
In order to achieve the above objectives, the Commission:
The purpose of a conference is to facilitate early intervention whilst making appropriate use of community support services. Further information about the services of the Commission and its conferencing functions can be located at: About the FRC and How We Work.
The Commission is funded for the outputs it delivers by parliamentary appropriations to restore socially responsible standards of behaviour and help people to resume primary responsibility for the wellbeing of their community and their families. The Commission is a Statutory Body under the Financial Accountability Act 2009 and its financial statements are prepared in accordance with section 43 of the Financial and Performance Management Standard 2009. Information included in the latest tabled annual report on actual income and expenditure can be found in the Review of Operations – Financial Summary. Click here for the full Financial Statement.
The Commission focuses on early intervention and the outcomes sought are to increase school attendance, reduce drug addiction, violence, crime and child neglect in Indigenous communities. The Commission’s approach is socially orientated with conferencing, case plan monitoring and support for the community by nurturing, protecting and educating the future generation. The Commission’s methodology is aimed at being preventative, proactive and collaborative. Our priorities are:
The Commission has adopted a strategic plan which incorporates goals consistent with current whole-of-government priorities, including targets set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA). Our strategic plan establishes our vision, purpose, values, strategic outcomes sought, strategic objectives, strategies to achieve the objectives and key performance indicators. The strategic plan is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure currency of performance indicators and that the Commission’s vision and values adequately reflect its main objects as legislated under the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008.
Information about how we have performed is contained in our Annual Reports.
The Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008 (the FRC Act) dictates the Commissioner’s functions and decision-making capabilities. Subject to section 22 the Commissioner must:
Subject to section 24 of the FRC Act, the Commissioner may:
Section 35 of the FRC Act dictates the Registrar’s functions and decision-making capabilities. Subject to this section and subject to the directions of the Commissioner, the Registrar is responsible for managing the registry and the administrative affairs of the Commission including but not limited to:
Subject to section 37 of the FRC Act, the Registrar may:
The Commission’s Executive Management Team (EMT) is comprised of the Commissioner, Registrar, Finance Manager and Client Manager. The EMT plays a critical decision-making role in the corporate governance and service delivery of the Commission by:
Due to the small size of the Commission the role of the EMT also encompasses the corporate stewardship functions associated with the Commission’s operational performance. In addition, the EMT oversees the operations of finance, information management, human resources and planning, audit, risk management, systems review and workload and performance management.
In performing the functions of the Commission, a conference may be held between the Commissioners and a person (community member) to discuss matters to which an agency notice relates. An agreement under section 68 of the FRC Act is reached if possible at the conference about appropriate actions to take in relation to the agency notice. If, after holding a conference about an agency notice, the Commission does not enter into an agreement with the person the subject of the conference, the Commission may make a decision under section 69 of the FRC Act to help achieve the objectives of the FRC Act. The FRC Act governs the decision-making of the Commission and determines:
Further, the FRC Act specifies that as soon as a decision in regard to a person is made, notice of that decision must be given to the person stating what the decision is and the reasons for making the decision. Subject to section 139 of the FRC Act, in making decisions the Commission must make every reasonable effort to reach a unanimous decision and should the Commission not reach a unanimous decision, the majority decision of the Commission members is the decision of the Commission.
Subject to section 26 of the FRC Act, in performing its powers or functions (decision-making capabilities) the Commission:
Further information about how the Commission performs its functions can be found at How We Work and is contained in the following documents:
The Commission has policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines which govern our relationships with and between the Commissioners, staff, clients, service providers and members of the public. The relevant documents can be located at Policies and Guidelines.
The Commission does not currently maintain any public registers.
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