Foster and kinship carers across the region are being celebrated this week for the work they do providing vulnerable children with safe, loving homes.
Every day foster and kinship carers are doing an exceptional job parenting some of our most vulnerable children but the reality is we need more.
The $7 million program, My Forever Family NSW, was established last year to recruit, train and support carers with 390 people referred for assessment in 2018-2019.
My Forever Family NSW is giving carers the support they need to ensure children reap the benefits of permanency in their lives.
We also recognise the importance of keeping Aboriginal children connected with their culture, their family and their community. If you're an Aboriginal family interested in caring for a child, I encourage you to contact My Forever Family.
For more information on how to become a carer contact My Forever Family NSW on 1300 782 975 or visit www.myforeverfamily.org.au.
Veterans Employment Program
Following the success of the Veterans Employment Program in the NSW Public Service, the Minister for Veterans and Minister for Local Government have extended the program into Local Government.
The initiative includes a Rank to Grade Guide which compares the skills obtained from a career in defence to those required in NSW local council jobs.
We are the first Government in Australia to take veteran employment to local councils and we are leading the nation when it comes to helping our ex-service men and women transition from defence into civilian workforce.
NSW vehicle owners are urged to check their eligibility for a CTP Green Slip refund, with the September 30 deadline approaching, and more than $29 million still unclaimed from 759,592 policyholders.
More than $194 million had been claimed by over 3 million policyholders. Any unclaimed money will go towards further reducing Green Slips, by lowering the motor accidents levy.
We are committed to easing the cost of living for households, which is why we delivered this refund, potentially worth up to $120 per refund.
Claiming a refund is simple and easy and can be done via Service NSW either online, over the phone or in store.
Any unclaimed money will go towards offsetting Green Slip levies from January 2020. The refund is a double win for drivers, who are paying $492 on average for premiums - the most affordable since 2012.