Recognised Entities are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations or individuals which have been mandated by their communities and approved and funded by our department, to provide culturally appropriate and family advice regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child protection matters.
We work closely with Recognised Entities for matters concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, their families, their carers and their communities.
Recognised Entities participate in key decisions made about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
Examples include decisions made during the course of a child protection investigation and assessment, decisions about the case plan for a child or young person and decisions about placement of a child or young person in out-of-home care.
We also consult with a Recognised Entity about all other decisions which may be of lesser significance, such as temporary changes to parental visits or the child or young person's participation in recreational activities.
For further information, see also Recognised Entities in the Partners section.