Child protection Australia 2019-20

Child protection Australia 2019-20

18 May 2021

This report presents statistics on the number and characteristics of children and young people involved with child protection services in 2019/20.

This report has been published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report presents state and territory data on child protection, including notifications, investigations and substantiations, care and protection orders, out-of-home care, permanency and reunification, carers, and intensive family support services.

Key findings include:

  • around 3% of all children aged 0–17 are in contact with the child protection system each year
  • children from very remote areas were more than 3 times as likely as children from major cities to be the subject of a substantiation
  • Indigenous children are almost 8 times more likely to be in contact with child protection services than non-Indigenous children are.

Access the report via the AIHW website.

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