Supporting Families Changing Futures 2019-2023

On 25 July 2019, the Queensland Government released Supporting Families Changing Futures 2019-2023 – The Queensland Government’s plan for helping Queensland children, young people, parents and families experiencing vulnerability (PDF, 1 MB) Supporting Families Changing Futures 2019-2023 – The Queensland Government’s plan for helping Queensland children, young people, parents and families experiencing vulnerability (DOCX, 8.2 MB), a 5-year whole-of-government strategy for the final stage of the 10-year child and family reform program.

This plan builds on the strategic direction published in the Supporting Families Changing Futures: 2018 Update and outlines the priorities for the final stage of the reform program.

The strategy is centred around wellbeing outcomes – Safe, Secure and Stable; Healthy; Learning, Earning and Developing and Participating, Belonging and Identity. Taking a wellbeing approach better articulates our work and the outcomes we want for children, young people and families experiencing vulnerability, is more meaningful for them and aligns with Our Future StateAdvancing Queensland’s Priorities.

Key focus areas over the next 5 years include:

  • promoting a whole-of-government approach towards meeting the needs of Queensland children, young people and families experiencing vulnerability and enhancing the shared responsibility objective of the reform program
  • increasing the reach and effectiveness of family support services to help more families earlier and reduce the number of families escalating into the child protection system
  • enhancing and strengthening cross-agency responses to address the wide-ranging needs of families, children and young people experiencing vulnerability
  • continuing to reduce the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children and young people in the child protection system
  • increasing and enhancing types of care to not only meet projected demand but to meet the needs of children and young people in care more effectively
  • strengthening support for carers and kin.

The strategy is supported by the Queensland Government’s total funding package of $517.5 million ($401.6 million in new funding and $115.9 million funded internally) over four years to continue Queensland’s family support and child protection reforms.

This plan follows the below documents, previously released to outline how the government will work to achieve the best possible outcomes for all Queensland children: