Our Way Strategy and Action Plan

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 Queensland and community organisations has released Our Way: A generational strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families (PDF).

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

Changing Tracks: an action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families 2017-2019 (PDF, 4.3 MB) (PDF) and 2020-2022 (PDF, 4.9 MB) (PDF) 2020-2022 (DOCX, 4.3 MB) (DOCX) set the foundation for change focusing on the systems and policy settings required to achieve the Our Way vision

Priority areas

The key priorities of Changing Tracks: an action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families 2020-2022 (PDF, 4.9 MB) (PDF) (DOCX, 4.3 MB) (DOCX) include:

  • growing investment in community-controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and their workforce to better reflect the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing these services
  • implementing delegated authority to permit one or more of the Chief Executive’s statutory functions or powers under the Child Protection Act 1999 to be delegated to the Chief Executive of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entity
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families will have the opportunity to participate in child protection decisions that affect their lives including through an independent person or entity and the Family Participation Program
  • applying the Wellbeing Outcomes Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people (PDF, 179 KB) (PDF) to ensure their safety and wellbeing through appropriately targeted investment and strengthened accountability of government and service providers
  • supporting the development and implementation of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing strategy to address intergenerational trauma, grief, loss, violence and abuse.

Performance

We have developed an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Wellbeing Outcomes Framework Wellbeing Outcomes Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people (PDF, 179 KB) (PDF) in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, communities and organisations as part of the first action plan. The accompanying Wellbeing Outcomes Framework Report will be published shortly.

This is a whole-of-government and cross-sectoral tool to identify outcomes, indicators and measures to inform investment decisions, align efforts and help track progress.

The department will also report additional measures on the level of representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the child protection system for each of the Changing Tracks priority areas (see Tables below). These measures will be refined and added to over time.

Graphs

 Children aged 0 to 2 subject to an intake for the first time, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, 2014-15 to 2018-19

 Proportion of children subject to ongoing intervention who are subject to Intervention with Parental Agreement, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland, as at 30 June 2015 to 30 June 2019

Tables

DescriptionAnnualQuarterly
IAP.1: Children aged 0 to 2 subject to an intake, and whether subject to an intake for the first time, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 22 KB) Excel (CSV, 7 KB) Excel (XLSX, 22 KB) Excel (CSV, 8 KB)
IAP.2: Children aged 2 to 5 subject to an intake, and whether subject to an intake for the first time, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 21 KB) Excel (CSV, 7 KB) Excel (XLSX, 22 KB) Excel (CSV, 7 KB)
IAP.3: Children aged 0 to 2 subject to a substantiation and whether the child was in need of protection, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 18 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)
IAP.4: Children subject to ongoing intervention, by type and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 19 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB)
IAP.5: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to ongoing intervention with a cultural support plan, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 14 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 14 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB)
IAP.6: Children living away from home and subject to a child protection order with a Child Health Passport, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 15 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB) Excel (XLSX, 15 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB)
IAP.7: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living away from home placed with kin, other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residential care services, by region, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 14 KB) Excel (CSV, 3 KB) Excel (XLSX, 14 KB) Excel (CSV, 2 KB)
IAP.8: Children aged 15 years and over subject to a child protection order granting custody / guardianship to the Chief Executive with transition to independence planning, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 21 KB) Excel (CSV, 5 KB) Excel (XLSX, 20 KB) Excel (CSV, 5 KB)

Table notes

Why this topic is important

Changing Tracks: An action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families (PDF) (PDF) and Changing Tracks: an action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families 2020-2022 (PDF, 4.9 MB) (PDF) (DOCX, 4.3 MB) (DOCX) recognise that now is the time that we — government, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, children and families and support services — need to ‘change tracks’ if we are going to reach our generational vision under Our Way: A generational strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families (PDF).

This action plan sets the foundations for change and will put us on a new track to ensure all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Queensland grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to an intake increased by 12.5 per cent from 15,353 children in 2014-15 to 17,268 children in 2018-19. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people comprised 23.5 per cent of all children subject to an intake in 2018-19.

In 2018-19, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to a notification was 7,800, an increase of 38.5 per cent compared with 2014-15 (5,630). Over the past five years the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to a notification has increased.

Between 2014-15 and 2018-19 the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children subject to a substantiation increased by 15.0 per cent (from 2,021 in 2014-15 to 2,325 in 2018-19).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are significantly more likely to be living away from home than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. As a rate per 1,000 children aged 0 to 17 years, 46.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were living away from home, compared with 5.4 for non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children as at 30 June 2019. The higher rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children has been a consistent trend over the last five years.

The demand for placements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continues to exceed the supply of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers. As at 30 June 2019 there was 1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carer family for every 4 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in home-based care. By contrast, there was 1 non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carer family for every 1 non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in home-based care.