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Terms of Reference
NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019
Carers Strategy Implementation Committee (CSIC)
The Terms of Reference: Carers Strategy Implementation Committee
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Terms of Reference - NSW Carers Strategy - Carers Strategy
Implementation Committee (CSIC):
This document replaces
Family and Community Services, Inclusion and Early Intervention,
Updated 27 March 2018
Next Review Date:
Table of contents
1 Background 4
2 Roles and responsibilities 4
3 Membership 5
4 Role of CSIC 6
5 Outcomes 6
6 Secretariat 7
7 Resources 7
8 Timeframes and other meeting arrangements 7
The NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019 was launched on 7 August 2014 by the
Minister for Ageing and Disability Services who has responsibility for
carer policy. The Strategy is five year plan to improve the position
of carers in NSW.
The Strategy builds on the NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 and the
NSW Carers Charter. The Strategy will be implemented by government,
non-government organisations and private businesses in new
partnerships designed to deliver better services and support for
The Strategy aligns with the FACS Strategic Plan vision that ‘all
people are empowered to live fulfilling lives and achieve their
potential in inclusive communities’.
FACS is in the last phase of implementing the Strategy with completion
of projects due in 2019 and with most projects either completed on
ongoing. As such it is timely to review membership and the Terms of
Broader definition of the Strategy
A broader definition of the Carers Strategy is required in 2018 as the
more of the carers work in FACS increasingly becomes aligned with the
Strategy and as we move towards the development of the next Carers
The FACS carers projects which have been aligned with the Carers
NSW Carers Strategy projects
Carers Investment Program projects (funding will commence 1 July
NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 - implementation of the
recommendations of the review.
As the definition of the Strategy has broadened, the way in which the
CSIC operates has been streamlined to enable members to continue to
oversee and inform the implementation of the Strategy projects and its
long term directions, while also effectively focussing the time and
effort and moving, and move towards developing the next Carers
Membership has been streamlined to reflect the increased focus on
implementation of Strategy projects, rather than the development
phase. Membership has also been refreshed to enable diverse
CSIC meetings will focus on one or two priority projects which will
benefit from in depth discussion and input. Ongoing project updates to
the CSIC will be provided offline.
Roles and responsibilities
The implementation of the NSW Carers Strategy will be led by the
Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) with clear
accountability to the Minister.
FACS will convene a Carers Strategy Implementation Committee (CSIC) to
meet twice a year, with members drawn from carer representatives,
relevant government departments and external stakeholders. The CSIC
will oversee the implementation of the strategy, including specific
projects and long term reform directions. The CSIC will be chaired by
FACS and will report to the Social Policy Senior Officers Group.
The NSW Carers Advisory Council will play an independent monitoring
role in the implementation of the strategy. The Council will be
consulted regularly and provided with progress reports. The Council is
able to provide independent advice to the Minister including on the
implementation of the strategy.
CSIC members should
Attend 80% of CSIC meetings (or send an appropriate representative
who has been adequately briefed)
Collaborate as partners in a co-design approach
Provide advice and feedback across all Strategy projects
Provide timely feedback when required
Identify and support links with other relevant projects.
The core membership of the CSIC will comprise key Strategy partners:
Family & Community Services, NSW Health and Carers NSW.
CSIC will include Aboriginal carer representation as it is recognised
that the needs of Aboriginal carers should be appropriately and
consistently considered in the implementation of all Strategy projects
so that they are able to provide a direct Aboriginal voice.
In addition, every Carer Strategy project working group must include
an Aboriginal representative. The responsibility to invite an
appropriate, local, Aboriginal carer/community representative to be
member of a carer strategy project, who may or may not be a member of
the Information for Carers in Aboriginal Communities working group,
lies with the chair of each working group.
There should be a solid representation of carers at working party
CSIC will include CALD representation to ensure that the needs of CALD
carers are reflected.
Other organisations and stakeholders may be invited to provide input
or attend meetings if required.
A list of CSIC members is attached at Tab A.
Role of CSIC
Oversee monitoring and evaluation of the Strategy
Ensure Strategy projects are implemented consistent with the NSW
Oversee progress of projects - ensure monitoring and evaluation of
projects take place
Support and guide planning for next Strategy
FACS will develop a monitoring and evaluation plan will to track
progress against implementation plans for each specific project, and
against the higher level outcome and reform directions articulated in
Partners with lead responsibilities under the Strategy will be
responsible for providing an annual progress report to FACS.
The monitoring and evaluation plan will be overseen by the CSIC and
NSW Carers Advisory Council.
FACS will compile an Annual Progress Report for the Social Policy
Senior Officers Group, documenting the progress made under the
implementation plan and any new projects or changes. 2016 and 2017
reports are available on the FACS website:
CSIC will develop a outcomes framework to track progress and measure
across a number of areas:
Co-design and collaboration with carers, project partners and key
stakeholders has been embedded into the implementation process
Successful implementation of the strategy (against specific
project milestones and implementation plans).
Monitoring and evaluation of the Strategy against project outcomes
and and long term reform directions
FACS will provide secretariat functions for the working party, such as
chairing, taking minutes, organising meetings, providing a venue and
reimbursing travel costs and expenses of carer representatives.
Resources for CSIC secretariat functions, hosting and catering for
meetings will be provided by FACS.
Timeframes and other meeting arrangements
The CSIC will meet at least twice a year and will report to the Social
Policy Cabinet Committee Senior Officers Group.
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