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The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020 (the National Framework) is Australia’s first long-term plan to promote and enhance the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children.

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 new approach to protecting 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 and young people in out-of-home care have the same opportunities as their peers to reach their potential in life wherever they live in Australia.

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  

Measuring progress

National Framework progress is measured against a number of outcomes which focus on whether Australia’s children and young people are safe and well.

National Standards progress is measured against a set of standards which focus on the key areas within care that directly influence positive outcomes.

The National Framework and National Standards each have a set of indicators for which a summary report card and dynamic data displays are available.

Data portal icon 130px PNG National Framework indicators: report card and dynamic data displays
Dynamic charts and data for the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children indicators

Data portal icon 130px PNG National Standards indicators: report card and dynamic data displays
Dynamic charts and data for the National Standards for Out-Of-Home-Care indicators

Spreadsheet icon 130px PNG Supplementary tables
Data tables containing notes on the scope and quality of data used for the National Framework and National Standards indicators.