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The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020 (the National Framework), endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in 2009, commits Commonwealth, state and territory governments, collaborating with the community sector, to an ambitious long-term plan to promote and enhance the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children.

The National Standards for Out-of-Home Care (the National Standards) are a priority under the National Framework. The National Standards have been designed to drive improvements and deliver consistency in the quality of care so that children in out-of-home care have the same opportunities as their peers to reach their potential in life wherever they live in Australia. The National Standards focus on children under 18 whose care arrangements were ordered through the relevant children's court and parental responsibility for the child was transferred to the Minister/Chief Executive.

Measuring progress

The National Framework and National Standards each have a set of indicators for which a quick reference guide and dynamic data displays are available.

The quick reference guide provides a summary overview of all indicators.

The dynamic data displays provide more detailed data for each indicator.

Data portal icon 130px PNG Dynamic data displays

The dynamic data displays allow you to explore each indicator through customisable charts and tables. Displays are currently available for 27 of the National Framework indicators and 19 of the National Standards indicators—use the links in the indicator lists below to open the dynamic data displays (those listed in italics do not currently have a display available).

The dynamic data displays require Adobe Flash Player 11.1 or later and have minimum browser requirements. Displays open in a new window and may take several minutes to download.

Data are subject to minor revisions over time.

For instructions on using the displays please refer to the dynamic data display help page.

National Framework indicators

Supporting Outcome 4
4.1 Child protection resubstantiations
4.2 Placement stability
4.3 Carer retention
4.4 Rebuilding resilience of abuse survivors*
4.5 Literacy and numeracy
4.6 Leaving care plans
4.7 Cross-sector clients (a) Child protection clients in youth justice
Supporting Outcome 5
5.1 Placement of Indigenous children (compliance)*
5.2 Placement of Indigenous children (relatives/kin)
5.3 Placement of Indigenous children (agency)*
5.4 Cultural support plans
Supporting Outcome 6
6.1 Sexual abuse substantiations
6.2 Child sexual assault

* Indicator not currently reportable due to limitations in data availability/quality.

National Standards indicators

Standard 1
1.1 Stability
1.2 Safety
1.3 Sense of security
1.4 Stability during the year
Standard 2
2.1 Participation
Standard 3
3.1 Placement of Indigenous children
Standard 4
4.1 Case plans
Standard 5
5.1 Health checks*
Standard 6
6.1 Reading and numeracy
6.2 Early childhood*
Standard 7
7.1 Year 10/12 and VET*
Standard 8
8.1 Community activity
Standard 9
9.1 Kinship placement
9.2 Family connection
9.3 Family contact
Standard 10
10.1 Cultural support plans
10.2 Sense of community (a) Knowledge of family background and culture
Standard 11
11.1 Significant person
Standard 12
12.1 Foster care households
(a) At 30 June
(b) During the year
12.2 Foster carer numbers
(a) Commencing
(b) Exiting
(c) On an average day
12.3 Carer support*
Standard 13
13.1 Leaving care plan
13.2 Leaving care

* Indicator not currently reportable due to limitations in data availability/quality.

Spreadsheet icon 36px GIF Supplementary tables

Supplementary data tables containing important notes on the scope and quality of data used for the National Framework indicators and National Standards indicators.

Further information

Additional information on the National Framework and National Standards, including the annual report series, is available on the Department of Social Services webpage Protecting Australia's children.