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released: 30 Oct 2006 author: AIHW

The report describes the history of child protection and out-of-home care performance indicators as well as the current performance indicator framework used in Australia, where service performance is assessed in terms of effectiveness and efficiency. The data used to populate these indicators come from a variety of sources. The Productivity Commission, in its role as Secretariat for the Review of Government Service Provision, collects some data directly from the states and territories while other data are supplied via the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.Eight effectiveness indicators are discussed in this report. An overview of how each state and territory is performing against these indicators is provided. Factors which might affect the effectiveness of service provision, including policy, legislation, funding and resources, are also discussed to help explain data trends. The report concludes with a discussion of future directions for the performance indicator framework in the area of child protection and out-of-home care in Australia.

ISSN 1320-081X; ISBN 978 1 74024 616 3; Cat. no. CWS 29; 151pp.; Internet only

Full publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (160K PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols used in tables
    • Executive summary
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (380K PDF)
    2. History of child protection and out-of-home care performance indicators
    3. Child protection and out-of-home care performance indicators
      • Substantiation rate
      • Resubstantiation rate
      • Substantiation rate after decision not to substantiate
      • Safety in out-of-home care
      • Stability of placement
      • Placement with extended family
      • Children aged under 12 years in home-based care
      • Placement in accordance with the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle
      • Summary
    4. Data interpretation (316K PDF)
      • New South Wales
      • Victoria
      • Queensland
      • Western Australia
      • South Australia
      • Tasmania
      • Australian Capital Territory
      • Northern Territory
    5. Future directions
      • Continuity of caseworker
      • Response time to commence investigation
      • Response time to complete investigation
      • Local placement
      • Placement with sibling
      • Children with documented case plan
      • Safe return home
      • Permanent care
      • Improved education, health and wellbeing of the child
  • End matter (303K PDF)
    • Appendix 1: Detailed Tables
      • New South Wales
      • Victoria
      • Queensland
      • Western Australia
      • South Australia
      • Tasmania
      • Australian Capital Territory
      • Northern Territory
    • Appendix 2: Population data
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Notes and corrections

  • 30 October 2006: This online publication has been amended and differs slightly from the hard copy as revised data from Tasmania have been incorporated (section 4.6.4 on pages 60, 62, and 63)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2006. Child protection and out-of-home care performance indicators. Cat. no. CWS 29. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 1 November 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467910>.