Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS) Australia are proud to be the leading Not-for-Profit Charity within the industry and first of its kind within Australia to run such a unique and helpful quality program, which the focus is to provide personalised assistance to those who are most in need of support and are at high risk of falling through the gaps of key support networks.
Our approach utilises the unique perspectives of the direct personal life experiences of our volunteer team.
Direct experience is powerful and real - it is not learnt from a textbook! The lived experiences of our members and volunteers mean we can offer greater empathy, understanding, advice and unique personalised service to empower our clients.
DCSS Australia is proud of our unique team is made of volunteers from diverse and inclusive communities with no real boundaries of age, geographic backgrounds, industry experience and passion to help people.
DCSS stands for Diverse Communities and Social Services (formally known as LGBTIQ – Support and Protection Services Inc.)
DCSS Australia is a Not-for-Profit (NFP) Charity, which is Incorporated Community Services Organisation, which was registered was registered in the state of Victoria in 2016, then registered as a Charity Fundraiser within the state of Victoria and New South Wales in 2018, which now support people throughout Australia.
DCSS Australia was founded in 2014 under our principal founding partner LGBTIQ - Support and Protection Services, which initially started as a team of 5 consultants as an unincorporated entity to support the LGBTIQ+ communities and consulting with various government agencies as well as many Not-for-Profits organisations and Charities around LGBTIQ+, Diversity and Inclusion matters and programmes, LGBTIQ - Support and Protection Services became incorporated in 2016, became a state registered Fundraiser Charities in both states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (VIC) in 2018.
LGBTIQ - Support and Protection Services resolved to become Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS) Australia Inc. which also included a change of logo at our 2018 AGM in January 2019.
WHAT WE DO
At Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS) Australia we have a team of volunteers who have incredible training, skills, experience and education within Community Services, Mental Health, Psychology professionals and students who are passionate about helping people with their needs.
DCSS Australia also has some great partnerships with community services and psychological services organisations that we can refer our clients to receive additional support as required. We focus on supporting people vulnerable people and communities who have incurred specific fines and debt in Victoria (VIC) and New South Wales (NSW), who reside in Australia.
DCSS Australia is the only dual accredited Not-for-Profit Community Justice Program, which is accredited under Section 10H of the Fines Reform Act 2014 (Victoria Department of Justice) and under Section 99A of the Fines Act 1996 (NSW Revenue Department).
DCSS Australia can assist people to get the appropriate services for their unique health and well-being needs, we do our best to ensure our clients don't fall through the cracks of the public health and social services systems.
Our clients are generally identified with have complex psycho-social and physical health concerns and may need services which are not adequately provided for by government agencies or other social ventures and charities, so that is where DCSS Australia will try to provide support and assistance to the best of our abilities, for example, we may provide referrals to or and physically accompany people to Medical, Psychology and other Counselling appointments to provide support.
We can provide basic case management tailored to their needs, which will empower our clients to self manage how they would like our volunteers to help manage their case management and support services, as long it is practicable and lawful with all guidelines, policies and procedures within the organisations and regulatory authorities.
WHO WE SERVE
Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS) Australia is the only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual or other gender and sexual diversities (LGBTIQA+), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI), Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Diversity and Inclusion focused organisation which delivers a dual-accredited Community Justice Program operating in Victoria (VIC) and New South Wales (NSW).
We are not limited to a specific community or social support services sector; therefore, we are able to assist the community wherever it is required, and in alignment with the capabilities of our team.
Our focus is to provide personalised assistance to those who are most in need of support.
The Communities that we serve are people with psycho-social; physical health difficulties; victims of family or domestic violence abuse; people who may have may have some form of substance abuse and we assist them to better manage the challenges of everyday life in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
We are rapidly expanding our services and programs, as well as partnering with other community organisations to help people within the community reach their goals!