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Core and Cluster Program

What is the Core and Cluster Program?

The Core and Cluster Sector Capacity and Capability Building Program will support organisations to assess readiness and participate, as appropriate, in Core & Cluster procurement.

Over four years from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2026, The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is seeking to establish and commence operation of 75 new core and cluster refuges for women and children escaping DFV. The new refuges will be designed and operated based on the core and cluster model, which allows for independent living and privacy while also providing access to on-site support. Find out more about the DCJ Core and Cluster procurement process here.

Sector peak bodies, Homelessness NSW (HNSW), Domestic Violence NSW (DVNSW) and the Aboriginal Community Housing Industry Association (ACHIA) are working together to deliver a program of engagement and sector capacity and capability building to support the success of the Core and Cluster procurement.

The main objective of this program is to support, enhance and develop organisational capacity to design and implement domestic and family violence refuges. This will be achieved through information sharing, training, consultation and resource development. Throughout the delivery of this program, there will be access to one-on-one personalised support and advice from a dedicated team, technical skills development, webinars, facilitating access to industry experts and stakeholders.

The Need

The program has been designed based on needs identified by the sector in relation to the Core and Cluster procurement. Key identified needs are:

  • Identifying potential partners, forming consortiums, and aligning approaches to build sustainable working partnerships
  • Working with Council and the DA process
  • Land acquisition
  • Asset delivery (construction and contractor engagement)
  • Need for regular updates and shortcuts to information
  • Tender writing
  • DFV Good Practice Guidelines

Program Design

The Sector Capacity and Capability Building Program is responding to the identified needs through a series of measures and activities that aims to support services to plan and participate in Core and Cluster procurement.

What you can expect

  • Grants up to $20,000 available for organisations who require one-off financial support
  • Consortium workshops and tools for partnerships development
  • Targeted local government engagement with Core and Cluster
  • Town Hall Forums delivered in-person throughout NSW by the dedicated Core and Cluster team
  • Complimentary one-on-one consultations with our team

Subscribe to the Core and Cluster Newsletter

Over the period of delivering the Core and Cluster Sector Capacity and Capability Building Program, all communications related to the program will be sent from HNSW to newsletter subscribers. Please refer to HNSW privacy policy at the bottom of the page for more information.

Apply for a grant

Learn more about the financial support available to participate in the Core and Cluster program.

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Upcoming events

Register to attend a webinar, Town Hall Forum or arrange a one-on-one consultation.

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