World-first platform to better protect vulnerable children
The new platform will ensure child protection caseworkers across Australia have access to a more extensive and accurate insight into a child’s history.
It will improve the way that government agencies share information across different borders and protect at risk families who move interstate.
Each year about 330,000 people move interstate in Australia. Vulnerable children are often at heightened risk of harm if their background in a previous jurisdiction is not known, or not easily accessible, to child protection authorities in their new location.
NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said children deserve to grow up in a safe, stable and loving home.
“There is a need for better information sharing at a national level and this landmark platform will enable states and territories to improve communication in the best interests of vulnerable children and families," Mr Ward said.
The platform is expected to be delivered across the country by mid-2020.
The Australian Government has provided $3.9 million to the project with states and territories to provide additional funding.