This report is the third in a series undertaken by the UNSW Evaluation Consortium for the Cabinet Office as part of the evaluation of Families First. It presents the findings of the Area Review in Illawarra as a regional locality in moderate need in the early stages of Families First rollout. In the first 12 months, Families First in Illawarra focused on building structures to support the development and implementation of new service models and coordinated early intervention and prevention service networks. Considerable efforts were made to link to and engage with local Aboriginal groups and networks. The key findings from the Area Review concern management, implementation, Aboriginal participation and access and system capacity.