The Changing Tracks action plans (2017–2019 and 2020–2022) focus on the changes needed to deliver the systems and policy settings required to eliminate the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system by 2037 and to close the gap in life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. The Queensland Government and Family Matters Queensland worked in partnership with communities and key stakeholders to implement this action plan.
Cultural connectedness is one of the best protective factors for keeping children safe within their families, and the importance of the role of mothers, fathers, kin and community. When Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents are empowered and supported by services that are accessible, culturally responsive and safe, and the importance of culture and connection is deeply understood, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families are more likely to thrive.
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.
By 2022 the implementation of delegated authority will permit selected statutory powers or functions in relation to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child to be delegated to the CEO of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander entity.
Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, State of Queensland 2020