PeakCares submission to the Senate OOHC Inquiry

by PeakCare Qld on 20th November 2014

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In July 2014, the Australian Senate passed a motion to establish an inquiry into out of home care in Australia. The matter was referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by the Senate’s second sitting week in February 2015.
Because each state and territory has its own approach to legislation, policy and practice around family support, statutory child protection intervention and out of home care, and there have been numerous Commonwealth, state and territory inquiries into this area, PeakCare’s submission focused on three areas:
  • lessons from past inquiries
  • the inequities and inconsistencies for children, young people and their families and carers from eight different systems
  • the interface between Commonwealth and state and territory government roles and responsibilities at the intersection with statutory child protection 
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