I am advised that information on the number of children in out of home care
is available on the Department of Family and Community Services' (FACS)
The Permanency Support Program's Funding Deed requires providers to operate
within the law, which includes the Anti-Discrimination Act. In recruiting
foster carers, service providers are contractually required to select carers on
the basis of their competency to care for children and young people. I am
advised FACS is not aware of any agency applying for an exemption which would
allow them to discriminate.