Each year, Family Matters asks state and territory governments to provide data to assist with the measurement of trends in the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders children in out-of-home care.
State and territory governments also provide information about their current strategies, actions and investments to reduce over-representation.
All jurisdictions responded to the request and all responses expressed commitment to the Family Matters campaign, reducing the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care, and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
Family Matters jurisdictional working groups and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled peak bodies and organisations play a key role in leading the campaign and calling for change and accountability in their states and territories.
This year, they were invited to comment on progress to address over-representation. Not all states and territories provided input, particularly those without a sector peak or a Family Matters jurisdictional working group.
Family Matters strongly advocates that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families peak bodies need to be resourced and supported in each jurisdiction to enable the adequate representation of community voices to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Click on each state or territory to view jurisdictionally specific information