Family Matters has released its report into the state of child protection in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The report highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are almost 10 times more likely to be removed from their families than non-Indigenous children and the number in the child protection system will triple by 2035 if current trends continue.
The report also outlines state comparisons and calls for urgent and coordinated national action by government and communities to tackle the problem, including more investment in prevention and early intervention services.
This baseline report will now be produced annually to measure progress. Through collaboration and a renewed government commitment, the Family Matters campaign is confident it can achieve real, sustained change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child safety and well-being outcomes.