Core and Cluster Program

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Boost for family violence support

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) has announced a new investment of $484.3 million for housing and specialist supports for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV), right across NSW.

Over four years, from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2026, DCJ is seeking to establish and begin 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 support. The locations of these new refuges will be targeted to areas where there is high unmet demand for crisis accommodation, including regional and rural areas.

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Peak sector bodies Homelessness NSW, Domestic Violence NSW, and the Aboriginal Community Housing Industry Association 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.

Online briefing for local government

On 26 September 2022 at 2pm, the peak sector bodies will be delivering a virtual briefing for councils for Core and Cluster.


  • Cr Darriea Turley AM, President, LGNSW
  • Matthew Sander, Core and Cluster Program Lead, DCJ
  • Lisa Sampson, CEO,Aboriginal Community Housing Industry Association
  • Trina Jones, CEO, Homelessness NSW

Why should councils join the online briefing?
Core and Cluster procurement and delivery will result in an increased level of engagement and development applications lodged with councils over the next four years.

Specialist Homelessness Services), Domestic and Family Violence services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations,  and Community Housing Providers will be seeking to identify land for development and existing properties for retrofit as part of the tender submissions. If successful, applicants will be required to receive development approval to proceed with building Core and Cluster infrastructure.

Attendance is encouraged at the virtual briefing to equip councils with the information and resources relevant to Core and Cluster to support the delivery of this sector program. The briefing will also be recorded and available afterwards if you are unable to attend.  

Who in council should attend?
This briefing is suitable for mayors, councillors, planners, social policy, and housing professionals within councils.

The briefing will be held online on 26 September 2022 from 2pm to 3pm.

Register to attend

If you would like further information on this project, please download the fact sheet for local government or you can contact Homelessness NSW via email at [email protected].