The Family Assistance Scheme assisted families undergoing a financial crisis that was serious enough to put the children at risk. Under the scheme, families received grants or loans to meet commitments such as the payment of bonds, arrears in rent, and power bills. It was one of a range of measures used by the Department of Social Welfare, and its successor the Department for Community Welfare, to support families and so keep the children out of care.
1976 - 1980 Preventive Payment Scheme
1980 - Family Assistance Scheme
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 30 June 1979, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1979; Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 1981, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1981; Department for Community Welfare: annual report for the year ended 30 June 1983, Department of Community Welfare, Hobart, 1983.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 21 November 2011, Last modified: 8 February 2019