Binnowee Family Group Home, run by the government, replaced Binnowee Receiving Home in about 1981. It was in Launceston. The Home provided temporary accommodation to children who were wards of state or supervised in other ways by the Social Welfare Department and its successors. Binnowee closed around 2001.
A married woman managed Binnowee Family Group Home with the assistance of her husband, who was in paid employment outside the Home. In return, they did not pay rent.
The Home provided accommodation for new wards of the state or children on remand from the courts until the Department found a more permanent placement for them. It also took in children requiring temporary accommodation under the Domestic Service Assistance Act and in transit between homes. Some children stayed in the home longer if they got on well with the Family Group Home Carer.
1973 - c. 1980 Binnowee Receiving Home
c. 1981 - c. 2001 Binnowee Family Group Home
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 1981, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1981; Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ending 1982, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1982; Department for Community Welfare: annual report for the year ended 30 June 1984, Department for Community Welfare, Hobart, 1984; Ombudsman Tasmania, Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children - Final Report - Phase 2, June 2006. Also available at https://stors.tas.gov.au/au-7-0057-00034.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 1 December 2011, Last modified: 6 May 2014