The 2022/2023 state budget announcement yesterday included an increase in core funding to nine service providers across the family and sexual violence sector, one of which is SASS. The government committed to a five-year contract on this funding (indexed annually).
So what does this mean for us at SASS?
A five-year commitment is really important as it allows us to plan for the future. In particular, it enables us to to better manage, and maximise, staffing levels to ensure an ongoing specialist trauma informed service to meet the increasing demand. Knowing our funding levels will last past the current year is also crucial for job security for existing staff.
To that end, we have already listed vacancies for additional counselling staff online and have also put a call out internally to see if any of our part time counselling staff are seeking to increase their hours.