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Strategy and action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families

 

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have the right to a bright, healthy and powerful future.

Delivering the best possible outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families is one of the Queensland Government’s highest priorities.

To achieve this, the government in partnership with Family Matters and community organisations has released Our Way: A generational strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families (PDF, 5 MB) and Changing Tracks: An action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families (PDF, 4.3 MB).

Guided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, Our Way outlines our approach, across 20 years, to work differently together to improve life opportunities for our state’s vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. A key commitment in Supporting Families Changing Futures, Our Way represents a fundamental shift in how child protection, family support and other services work with, and for, Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Changing Tracks outlines the actions we will take in the first three years to achieve our goal. It builds on existing initiatives and includes new actions guided by Elders, community leaders, community-run organisations, peak bodies and relevant government agencies, aimed at:

  • reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system
  • closing the gap in life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing vulnerability
  • ensuring all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.

Wellbeing Outcomes Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Queensland

Winangali Pty Ltd was commissioned to develop the Wellbeing Outcomes Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Queensland (PDF, 179 KB) (WOF) in partnership with community.

The WOF defines wellbeing and identifies the outcomes needed to achieve wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. Good Wellbeing means that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people can have hopes and dreams and the best start in all aspects of their life.

The WOF is underpinned by the expectation that all adults have a responsibility to contribute to the wellbeing of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. The WOF helps each level of adult influence - 1. parents, family, kin and carers, 2. community and service providers and 3. government - to understand what role they must play in ensuring the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

The application of the WOF will inform policy development and decision making to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. The outcomes identified in the WOF will become the consistent outcomes against which all Queensland Government agency programs and initiatives, intended to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, are measured. The WOF will be used to inform development of indicators and measures for monitoring and evaluation of the Our Way Strategy and its associated action plans.

Monitoring and Evaluating the Our Way Strategy

The Our Way strategy and the impact it is having on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families will be measured, monitored and reported through the Our Way Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (PDF, 502 KB) Our Way Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (DOCX, 510 KB). The progress and impact of the deliverables will be measured across the 20 year life of the strategy, to ensure we remain on track to achieve the ambitious longer term targets and vision of Our Way.

Evaluating the Changing Tracks Action Plan

The Changing Tracks Progress Report: May 2017-December 2018 (PDF, 5 MB), released by the Queensland First Children and Families Board, outlines the first stage of the strategy and actions to date. 

The Changing Tracks 2017-22 Evaluation Plan (PDF, 924 KB) Changing Tracks 2017-22 Evaluation Plan (DOCX, 1.1 MB) will assess the outcomes that have been achieved through the implementation of actions and initiatives aligned to the Changing Tracks Action Plans. Under the Framework, an Evaluation Plan will be developed for each phase to detail how the impacts and outcomes of Our Way will be evaluated.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and Changing Tracks Evaluation Plan were developed in partnership with the Queensland First Children and Families Board. Implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and Changing Tracks Evaluation Plan commenced in the first half of 2020.

Download documents

Our Way: A generational strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families

Wellbeing Outcomes Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Queensland

Changing Tracks: An action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families

Changing Tracks Progress Report