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The NSW Government is increasing penalties for people convicted of performing female genital mutilation (FGM), and is for the first time making it a crime to remove a person from NSW to undergo the procedure overseas. The maximum sentence for perf... Read more

Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward today foreshadowed the expansion of the joint State and Commonwealth income management trial, which has already proven successful in Bankstown, into other areas of NSW. Ms Goward has written to... Read more

Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward today announced the further roll-out of more SOS response alarms to better support domestic violence victims.   An additional 70 alarms will be rolled out this year following the introduc... Read more

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward have announced sweeping reforms to strengthen the child protection system will be introduced into Parliament today.   “This legislation will give... Read more

Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward today announced that applicants for social housing are accessing information about the social housing waiting list in huge numbers.   Information about waiting times was made public for th... Read more

NSW parents whose legal adoptions are finalised overseas will be able to obtain NSW birth certificates for their children under new laws to be introduced to State Parliament.   Attorney General, Greg Smith SC, and Minister for Family and Commu... Read more

In a NSW first, Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward today published caseworker data online.   “For too long, caseworker numbers have been hidden from the public. Today’s delivery of the caseworker Dashboard will... Read more

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward has welcomed the release of the Position Paper setting out proposed reforms to the Home Building Act 1989.   Ms Goward said the new laws were expected to be introduced to state parliament later this year and wou... Read more

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today welcomed the NSW Government’s changes to the draft Planning Bill.   “I am pleased to see that the NSW Government has listened to the community and local councils and a number of changes to the P... Read more

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today welcomed the Liberals & Nationals Government’s overhaul of the way companion animals are managed in NSW, including creating a new category of “menacing dogs’’ to better protect the comm... Read more

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