Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland are 8.7 times more likely to be removed from their families by child protection services than non-Indigenous children, the second lowest rate across all states and territories, and lower than the national average of 10.1 times.
Meeting the Family Matters Building Blocks
The Family Matters Report 2018 shows that Queensland, in comparison with other states and territories:
- is the only jurisdiction to enact legislation that applies the ATSICPP’s 5 elements across the Act and requires Independent Entities to facilitate family participation; and
- has a generational strategy to eliminate over-representation with a board established to oversee implementation of the strategy.
However, Queensland has:
- a very low rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being placed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, with a significant downwards trend for the last 4 years (36.5%); and
- low participation in child care services, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being half has likely to attend child care than non-Indigenous children.
See the 2018 Queensland Government’s response to Family Matters.
See the 2018 local community’s response to how Queensland is fairing.
See the 2017 Queensland Government’s response to Family Matters.
Who’s With Us in Queensland?
Over 150 organisations, politicians, commissioners and guardians from across Australia have signed the Family Matters Statement of Commitment, signalling their intent to work in accordance with the six key principles of the campaign.
Visit our Who’s With Us? page to view everyone who has signed the Statement of Commitment in Queensland.
Join us to ensure you’re playing your part in standing up for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Family Matters Queensland
Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
1800 88 77 00
For further contacts and FAQs specific to Queensland, please download the Queensland Community Resource Guide.