12.1a Foster care households at 30 June

Foster care is one type of out-of-home care provided for children who are unable to live with their families.

Foster carer households are private households containing one or more foster carers:

  • who have undergone the relevant screening/selection and approval process
  • who have received authorisation from the relevant department or agency to enable a child to be placed in their care
  • for whom reimbursement is available from the state or territory government for expenses incurred in caring for a child
  • who are part of an ongoing review process.

This indicator captures foster carer households with at least one foster child placed in the household on the night of 30 June of the selected years.

For all indicator displays, where all years of data are comparable over time an ‘All’ category will be provided as an option in the ‘Year’ drop down display. If only a selection of specific years are comparable, these years (e.g. 2017 to 2019) will be provided as an option under ‘Year’ and ‘All’ will not be an option. See the footnotes for this indicator in the supplementary tables hyperlink below for further information.

See the XLS Downloadsupplementary table for this indicator for further information and footnotes about these data.

Indicator technical specifications

The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the XLS Downloadquick reference guide.

National Standards Indicator 12.1a Foster care households: Number of foster carer households with a placement at 30 June, by number of foster children placed
  Definition Data source
Numerator Number of carer households authorised to provide foster care placements during the reference period, that had at least one foster child placed in the household for at least one night during the reference period AIHW National Child Protection Data Collection
Denominator Not applicable Not applicable

Explanatory notes

Includes all foster carer households that had received authorisation from the relevant department or agency to enable a child to be placed in their care are included. This includes households that have received provisional authorisation (which may be in order to facilitate a placement), whilst formal approval/registration is being finalised.

See the XLS Downloadsupplementary table for this indicator for further information and footnotes about these data.