Community services

We promote and protect the rights and best interests of people using community services in NSW by handling and resolving complaints about these services, and by monitoring and reviewing how these services are delivered.

We carry out our role under the Community Services (Complaints, Reviews and Monitoring) Act 1993 (CS CRAMA), and the Ombudsman Act 1974.

What community services do we cover?

Any services provided by:

  • the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS)
  • organisations that are funded, licensed or authorised by the Minister for Family and Community Services, the Minister for Ageing, or the Minister for Disability Services, including:
    • FACS operated disability accommodation
    • assisted boarding houses
    • child protection and out-of-home care services, including foster care
    • early intervention services
    • refuges for young people, women, families and men, and
    • neighbourhood and family support services.

What can we do?

Under CS CRAMA, we have a broad range of functions in relation to community services. We:

Under CS CRAMA, we also:

Our work in relation to community services is undertaken by our Community Services Division, headed by a Deputy Ombudsman, who is also the Community and Disability Services Commissioner.

Changes to our jurisdiction in relation to disability services

On 1 July 2018, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission commenced in NSW and SA, and some of our functions in relation to services and supports for people with disability moved to the NDIS Commission.

Key changes include that the NDIS Commission now has responsibility for:

  • receiving and handling complaints about NDIS providers (registered or unregistered)
  • receiving and oversighting reportable incidents affecting NDIS participants in connection with the provision of supports and services by registered NDIS providers.

In relation to the deaths of people with disability in residential care in NSW, we are working with the NDIS Commission on a joint approach, which includes the Commission examining the involvement of NDIS providers and our office maintaining our ongoing review of the NSW health and other service systems.

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