Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS Australia Inc.) is a Not-for-Profit Community Justice and Social Support Services Charity, Volunteer-led Organisation based throughout Australia. DCSS Australia is the only LGBTIQA+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI), CALD, Diversity and Inclusion focused organisation which delivers a dual-accredited Community Justice Program operating in Victoria (VIC) and New South Wales (NSW).
Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS Australia) delivers this program in close partnership with the Victorian Department of Justice - Fines Victoria (WDP Team) and NSW Department of Finance Services & Innovation - NSW Revenue Office, Legal Aid (WDO Team) as well as many of our other Community Partners.
Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS Australia) is a unique organisation as we are not limited to a specific community & social support services sector. Therefore, we are able to be able to assist the community wherever it is required, and in alignment with the capabilities of our team.
Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS Australia) focus is to provide personalised assistance to those who are most in need of support. The people of the community whom we serve, are people with psycho-social and physical health difficulties and we assist them to better manage the challenges of everyday life in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS Australia) approach utilises the unique perspectives of the direct personal life experiences of each of our volunteers. We are rapidly expanding our services and programs, as well as partnering with other community organisations to help people within the community to reach their goals!
As of the 1st July 2021, DCSS Australia will be charging a service fee of $100 to register clients for our programs, due to on-going running costs and no financial funding this charge will help DCSS Australia to continue to help the community.
Not-for-profit COMMUNITY JUSTICE PROGRAM
The Community Justice Program/Work and Development Permit Order (Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia) work in accreditation partnership with The Victorian Department of Justice - Fines Victoria, WDP Team, NSW Revenue Department - Legal Aid Team, and Western Australia Department of Justice, as well as many community partners.
This program enables us to assist people who are disadvantaged and who genuinely want to change their lives, rehabilitate from offending, re-pay their debts to society and reconnect with their local community.
To be eligible for this program, the participant must fall under the following categories of eligibility:
have a mental or intellectual disability, disorder or illness;
have an addiction to drugs, alcohol; or a volatile substance;
be experiencing homelessness;
be experiencing acute financial hardship, or;
be a victim of family, domestic or sexual violence and abuse.
Participants can complete a Work and Development Order Permit through our organisation via some of the following programs:
Volunteering/Community Service (unpaid work);
Medical or Mental Health Treatment;
Education, Vocational or Life Skills Training;
Financial Counselling/Case Management;
Drug or Alcohol Treatment;
Participate as a Mentee in a Mentoring Program (if under 25 years of age)
If you require support with your infringement debts from any of the following states Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia or Queensland, then our organisation may be able to support you through our Not-for-Profit Community JusticeProgram/Work and Development Permit Order, please email us at Justice@dcssaustralia.org with your circumstances, and our team of volunteer case managers will do the best we can to provide you with the appropriate support services, for more information and guidelines around our Community Justice Program, please visit here.
Further information about eligibility and about the programs can be found by visiting the following links:
Please note we are currently not funded to deliver this program, there forefore we request all participants to make a kind once off or ongoing Tax-Deductible Donation, by visiting https://www.dcssaustralia.org/support-us.
PEER SUPPORt, BASIC CASE MANAGEMENT & Psychology Support Services
DCSS Australia has 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.
DCSS Australia can assist people to get the appropriate services for their unique health and well-being needs, DCSS Australia endeavours to ensure our clients don't fall through the cracks of the public health and social services systems.
Some of our clients have complex psycho-social and physical health concerns and may need services that 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 along it is practicable and lawful with all guidelines, policies and procedures within the organisations, and regulatory authorities.