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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.
The Family and Communities, and Justice clusters already shared a common purpose across many areas of their work particularly when improving outcomes for:
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.
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:
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.
26 May 2022
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.