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This document has been developed to help guide consultations to inform the successor plan for the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children, particularly its dedicated focus on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
There is an urgency required to achieve change due to the increasing numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children coming into out-of-home care and not being reunified, and concerningly, being permanently placed, often with non-Indigenous carers. The successor plan will include a dedicated focus and targeted strategies for responding to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. It will seek to focus the efforts of government, services and communities across the country to help achieve the target in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap to, by 2031, reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 45%.