Targeted Earlier Intervention Reforms

TEI Update: 24 February 2017: Summary of joint peaks meeting with The Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Community Services

TEI Update: 8 February 2017: TEI reform joint communique 

TEI Update: 23 August 2016: District Information Sessions Schedule

TEI Update: 2 August 2016: How the Locally Co-Designed Services initiative will affect TEI members

TEI Update: 9 March 2016: FaCS held a meeting where they shared some findings from an external consultant, including potential directions and options for the TEI reform. Read more

TEI Update: 18 December 2015 Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard, today announced his latest Targeted Earlier Intervention Reform update. Read more

On the 21st August 2015 Family and Community Services (FaCS) released a consultation paper to begin a reform to many of the programs that fund community services in NSW, including many youth services. The objective of these reforms (called "TEI": Targeted Earlier Intervention) is to improve service systems to make them more effective in supporting clients and communities.

The reforms cover services that aim to strengthen communities and support children, young people and families before they experience extremely negative circumstances (intervention of Child Protection Services, homelessness due to Domestic and Family Services, serious drug and alcohol issues etc.)

This takes in the following program streams:

  • Families NSW;
  • Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Strategy (ACYFS);
  • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P);
  • Child, Youth and Family Support (CYFS);
  • Youth Hope;
  • Getting It Together (GIT);
  • Community Builders;
  • Staying Home, Leaving Violence;
  • Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Services.

To lead into the TEI reform process, the consultation paper seeks the views of service providers into what parts of the system are working well, and areas for improvement.

Submission Background

Over the past 4 years, Youth Action has conducted extensive consultations and research into the funding streams that most impact young people. We are using this information in our submission to clearly outline the views of the youth services sector. The aim of this submission is to ensure that there is a clear statement of the overarching themes which need to be addressed by the reform process.

Youth Action has also:

  • provided information and support to our members and the youth sector, including supporting local submissions;
  • co-hosted a forum with ARACY to discuss their recent evidence review, and how this will apply to TEI reforms;
  • communicated clearly to government throughout the process.


FaCS District Directors

We encourage you to discuss Targeted Earlier Intervention reforms with your FaCS District Director. Their contact information can be found at the FaCS Website.

If you have any questions about the TEI process, please feel free to contact our Sector Support Manager, Dean Williamson on