Archives of the Hunter Regional Council for Social Development

Posted: 08/04/2011 in Australian Assistance Plan, commonwealth government programmes, homeless
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Conduit: Merv Copley Date Deposited: circa 1978
Accessioned in 2006 by Mr Peter Gray-Brattan

The Hunter Regional Council for Social Development (H.R.C.S.D.) was formed in July 1975, in response to the Australian Assistance Plan initiative launched by the Whitlam Government in 1973. The essential purpose of the Australian Assistance Plan was to facilitate the establishment of autonomous community based social planning units that would have the dual role of stimulating increased local involvement in social welfare planning and services and of complementing, at the local level, the statutory social planning function of public bodies.

The primary responsibility of the H.R.C.S.D. was to maximise the Hunter community’s utilization of the social planning programs of public bodies, and, through the administration of grants from the Federal Government, to seek provision of the supplementary social services when the implementation of broad national policies failed to meet the individual needs of particular segments of the community.

The formation of the H.R.C.S.D. brought together representatives from a variety of local community groups, such as the Newcastle Community Development Group, the Hunter Regional Organization, and the Hunter Valley Research Foundation, along with local government representatives and community members.

The Collection consists of administrative files, including background documents on the Australian Assistance Plan and documents relevant to the formation and internal operation of the H.R.C.S.D. and the various community groups from which it was formed. Research files, correspondence with State and Local Government bodies, and correspondence with special interest regional organizations comprise the latter part of the collection.

The Collection was deposited through Merv Copley with the University circa 1978 and was accessioned in 2006 by Mr Peter Gray – Brattan. The listing was made possible by the kind generosity of the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund.

Quantity: 30 Boxes

Date Range: 1973- 1978

Finding Aid: Hunter Regional Council for Social Development (PDF file)


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