LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS

LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendation 1

8.7 The committee recommends that:

Recommendation 2

8.9 The committee recommends that the Department of Human Services investigate means of identifying kinship care arrangements in applications for Commonwealth benefits, with a view to better identifying grandparent-headed families to whom financial support(s) should be provided, subject to any eligibility criteria.

Recommendation 3

8.11 The committee recommends that the Department of Human Services review the number and geographical allocation of grandparent advisor positions, with a view to ensuring:

Recommendation 4

8.13 The committee recommends that the Australian Government considers:

Recommendation 5

8.15 The committee recommends that the Australian Government, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, investigate how access to and the availability of professional counselling services can be enhanced for grandparent‑headed families.

Recommendation 6

8.17 The committee recommends that the Australian Bureau of Statistics:

Recommendation 7

8.18 The committee recommends that the Australian Institute of Family Studies:

to better inform government policies and practices which support grandparent-headed families.

Recommendation 8

8.20 The committee recommends that, the Australian Government, through the COAG process:

Recommendation 9

8.22 The committee recommends that state and territory governments consider:

Recommendation 10

8.23 The committee recommends that state and territory governments consider:

Recommendation 11

8.25 The committee recommends that the Australian Government, in co‑operation with state and territory governments, examine increased and more certain funding for voluntary support groups which provide peer support to grandparents raising grandchildren to better facilitate the establishment, maintenance and operations of such groups.

Recommendation 12

8.27 The committee recommends that the COAG give attention to:

Recommendation 13

8.28 The committee recommends that the COAG Education Council initiates a review into the practical supports and services that could be provided to children in out-of-home care (including grandparents raising grandchildren), to promote positive outcomes in education.

Recommendation 14

8.30 The committee recommends that the COAG, in conjunction with state‑based community service providers:

Recommendation 15

8.32 The committee recommends that, through the COAG Health Council, governments consider enhancing the provision of mental health services for grandparent-headed families, with special attention given to grandchildren affected by trauma.

Recommendation 16

8.34 The committee recommends that:

Recommendation 17

8.36 The committee recommends that the COAG:

Recommendation 18

8.37 The committee recommends that state and territory governments reconsider Recommendation 19-3 of the Australian Law Reform Commission and New South Wales Law Reform Commission's joint report Family Violence–a National Legal Response, to enhance the assistance provided by child protection authorities to grandparents rearing grandchildren in the family law jurisdiction.

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