Building stronger communities

From 1 July 2019 the Stronger Communities Cluster was created, bringing together and replacing the Family and Communities, and Justice clusters. This brings under one roof, NSW Government services targeted at achieving safe, just, inclusive and resilient communities.

Creating stronger communities together

The Family and Communities, and Justice clusters already shared a common purpose across many areas of their work particularly when improving outcomes for:

  • children and young people
  • Aboriginal people
  • people with disability
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people experiencing domestic and family violence
  • victims of sexual assault
  • juvenile offenders
  • people at high risk of reoffending
  • people experiencing homelessness.

Collaborating for better outcomes for the community

Working together in the Stronger Communities Cluster means we can continue to deliver services with a more unified and collaborative approach. There is now a greater focus on prevention and early intervention, faster responses, more seamless operations, less duplication of effort and better outcomes.

Communities and Justice – Premiers Priorities

We are focused on making a real and lasting difference to the lives of people across NSW and are responsible for delivering the Premier’s Priorities including to:

  • decrease the proportion of children and young people re-reported at risk of significant harm by 20 per cent by 2023
  • double the number of children in safe and permanent homes by 2023 for children in, or at risk of entering, out-of-home care
  • reduce the number of domestic violence reoffenders by 25 per cent by 2023
  • reduce adult reoffending following release from prison by 5 per cent by 2023
  • reduce street homelessness across NSW by 50 per cent by 2025.

DCJ strategic direction and purpose

As an agency, DCJ’s purpose statement articulates what we are here to do.

“Our purpose is to help create a safe, just, resilient and inclusive NSW in which everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential.”

Guiding us on how we deliver on our purpose is the DCJ Strategic Direction 2020-2024 (PDF , 2.3 MB). The strategic direction provides a foundation for our work in improving outcomes in the community. It guides us in how we build a community where the people of NSW flourish and are empowered to live their lives to the full.

Department organisational charts

Last updated:

26 May 2022

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We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future. 

Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.

You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.

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