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What is the new TEI program?

The new Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) program will deliver flexible support to children, young people, families and communities experiencing or at risk of vulnerability. It combines five separately funded DCJ programs into one outcomes-focused program. This includes:

  • Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy
  • Child Youth and Family Support
  • Community Builders
  • Families NSW
  • Getting It Together

Services will be delivered under two broad streams:

  • Community strengthening – activities that build cohesion, inclusion and wellbeing across all communities, and empower Aboriginal communities
  • Wellbeing and safety – activities that support families and individuals, and provide opportunities for personal development

The new TEI program will focus on collecting outcomes data on individual services and the program as a whole through the Data Exchange. This will improve the way we respond to evolving client and community needs. As the evidence base grows, we will adapt service delivery to reflect what we know works.

Under the new program, you will need to develop a program logic to demonstrate how service activities contribute to client outcomes. We will help you to develop your program logic, and collect and report on outcomes data.

We understand that each local community has different priorities and needs. That is why we are taking a local approach to the new program. We will work with all existing TEI providers to negotiate contracts.

Why are we making these changes?

The number of children reported at risk of significant harm continues to grow, and evidence says we need to provide support earlier.

The new TEI program will help us support the people who need it earlier on, so we make the biggest difference. This is an important step towards achieving the Premier’s priority of protecting our most vulnerable children.

You can find out more about why we’re making these changes by reading the TEI program specifications and TEI program fact sheet.

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Last updated: 04 Nov 2019