NSW Carer Reference Group

About Carer Reference Groups

Carer Reference Groups (CRGs) are one of the key NSW settings for carer consultation, engagement and information sharing.

The CRG provides a collaborative and interagency setting for carers to work alongside out-of-home care staff from both Family and Community Services (FACS) and non-government agencies to participate and contribute to the service system.

CRG membership

TThere are seven CRGs across NSW (see below table). Each CRG comprises 15-24 members who are carers from FACS and NGOs as well as FACS and NGO staff and carer organisation representatives. Meetings are generally held quarterly and discuss agenda topics relevant to carers as well as upcoming events and local and systemic issues

CRG Meeting Schedule 2017

Northern NSW

21 March

2 May

25 July

5 Sept

7 Nov


Sydney Metro  

16 Feb

11 May

10 Aug

9 Nov


Western (Dubbo)

13 Feb

20 March

1 May

5 June

24 July

4 Sept

16 Oct

27 Nov

Western (Wagga)

16 Feb

16 June

17 Aug

16 Nov


Hunter Central Coast

3 Feb

6 April

1 June

10 Aug

12 Oct

14 Dec


Illawarra Shoalhaven

22 Feb

27 March

22 May

26 June

24 July

28 Aug

23 Oct

27 Nov


15 Feb

19 April

21 June

16 Aug

18 Oct

20 Dec


Note: Dates may change so please contact your CRG directly for dates and venues.

Ideas? Raise an item for your local CRG: Agenda items for consideration should  be directed to your CRG. Please note that placement issues should be resolved through your caseworker or agency.

For carer support and advocacy: contact Connecting Carers NSW on 1300 794 653.

CRG enquiries:  email carerreferencegroupsnsw@facs.nsw.gov.au.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)