Returning independence to social housing in NSW

Social housing tenants in NSW can cut out the middle man in a new restructure of maintenance contracts by FACS. But some 44 public servants will lose their jobs.

Newly released details of maintenance contract restructuring at the New South Wales Department of Families and Community Services will pave the way for social housing tenants to act independently and cut delays.

The proposed changes are expected to come at a cost of 44 jobs from across the state, which has angered the Public Service Association. However, no FACS offices will close.

Starting in the second half of 2015, the FACS will allow tenants to take charge of arranging repair works, a role previously undertaken by co-ordinators in the department, with the savings being reinvested back into the social housing system.

A spokesperson for FACS says the changes will realise better value for money, but there will also be a greater focus on quality assurance.

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