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Aboriginal child and family centres
There are nine Aboriginal Child and Family Centres (ACFCs) in NSW which provide a mix of culturally safe services and supports for Aboriginal children aged 0–8 years and their families.
The types of services delivered through the centres include early childhood education and care, parent and family support, maternal and child health and adult education opportunities.
The Aboriginal Child and Family Centres were established under the Indigenous Early Childhood Development National Partnership Agreement (IECDNP) – as a Closing the Gap initiative. Under the National Partnership Agreement, the Commonwealth provided $72.4 million over the period 2008–09 to 2013–14 to establish and operate the centres across NSW. The Centres continue to operate beyond the expiry of the National Partnership Agreement until 2015–16.
FACS Districts are working with local service providers and communities to determine how the centres can best meet the needs of the local population in the future. The nine Aboriginal Child and Family Centres are located in Brewarrina, Lightning Ridge, Gunnedah, Mount Druitt, Nowra, Toronto, Minto, Doonside, and Ballina.
The Aboriginal Child and Family Centre Program Guidelines provide an overview of the program and how it operates.