DCSS Australia is a Not-for-Profit Community Justice and Social Support Services, 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).
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.
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.
Our 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.
Our 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!
NFP COMMUNITY JUSTICE PROGRAM
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The Work & Development Permit Order (Community Justice Program) works in partnership with The Department of Justice - Fines Victoria, WDP Team & NSW Revenue Department - Legal Aid Team.
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 the victim of family violence.
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)
Further information about eligibility and about the programs can be found by visiting the following links:
VIC: or NSW:
If you would like to on-board with our organisation under our Community Justice/WDPO program, please email us at or filling out the form via
PEER SUPPORt, BASIC CASE MANAGEMENT & Psychology Support Services
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We can assist people to get the appropriate services for their unique health and well-being needs.
We try to ensure our clients don't fall through the cracks of the public health system.
Some clients 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/charities.
For example, we may provide referrals to or and physically accompany people to Medical, Psychology and other Counselling appointments to provide support.
We can also provide basic case management tailored to their needs, which we will empower our client self manage how they would like our volunteers to help manage their case management and support services, along as it is practicable and lawful with all guidelines, policies and procedures within the organisations, and regulatory authorities.