New updates on the progress of the National Framework are now available
The Council of Australian Governments endorsed the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children in April 2009. The Community and Disability Services Ministers' Conference is responsible for the implementation of the National Framework.
The Australian Government's National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children (2009-20) is a comprehensive national approach to protecting children. The Australian Government has led the development of the National Framework, working closely with states and territories and the non-government sector.
The National Framework recognises that the best way to protect children is by preventing abuse and neglect. It proposes that Australia needs to move from seeing child protection as a response to abuse and neglect to promoting the safety and wellbeing of all children.
The National Framework is a new approach which understands the protection of children is not simply a matter for statutory child protection services. Ultimately, the National Framework recognises protecting children is a shared responsibility - within families and across communities, professions, services and government.
The National Framework provides an opportunity for governments and the broader community to improve the way we tackle the problem of child abuse and neglect. The actions and strategies under the National Framework aim to achieve the high-level outcome that Australia's children and young people are safe and well with the ambitious target of a substantial and sustained reduction in child abuse and neglect in Australia over time.
The six supporting outcomes are:
There are 12 national priorities under the National Framework and these have varying timeframes, deliverables and milestones as well as varying levels of complexity. Some continue and build on existing work and some are new projects to be delivered over the first three years. A Queensland update on the 12 national priorities within the Nationall Framework is available to review. The previous Queensland update Queensland update on the 12 national priorities within the National Framework is also available to review.