Southern region

Community Services Southern region is divided into two networks, Illawarra and Southern Highlands, and covers six areas: Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay, Cooma, and Tablelands. There are 10 Community Service Centres (CSCs) in the region.

Ultimately, the Southern region is focussed on stable, successful placements that are culturally appropriate and close to family and community.

Community Services carers are encouraged to transfer to one of the accredited out-of-home care (OOHC) agencies in the Western region, which can be found on the Fostering NSW website.

Delivering OOHC reform — Southern regional activities

Southern region has a well-established partnership between Community Services and non-government OOHC staff. Key stakeholders work collaboratively to meet the individual needs of children and young people in care and are committed to the transition of OOHC to the non-government sector.

Collaborative meetings

Growth Management Group (GMG) meetings are held monthly with all funded OOHC agencies, allowing agencies and Community Services to monitor placement vacancies and issues that may effect the transition.

Southern region has established a Regional Implementation Group (RIG) and Future Directions Forum (FDF), which are held monthly to implement its Regional Transitional Plan (RTP). The FDF is made up of Community Services and non-government representatives, and include all OOHC agencies funded in the region, as well as representatives from Connecting Carers NSW, ACWA and AbSec.

Joint panels

The following panels are attended by Community Services and non-government agency staff:

  • Placement Matching Panel
  • Intensive Residential Funded and Exceptions Placement and Support Regional Review Panel.

An Aboriginal Placement Matching Panel is also planned.

Find out more

To discuss your options for transferring, call the Southern Region Carer Transfer Information Line: (02) 4222 8467.

For further information about the transition, email:

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