Our focus is onImproving out of home care

The Collective has been addressing solutions to difficult systemic practice issues faced by the sector. The Collective has done this by drawing on the lessons learnt by the sector and engaging with relevant academics. The Collective's responses to issues is informed by this strong body of research and evidence-based practice.

WHAT WE AIM TO ACHIEVEOur vision of success

An effective and well-resourced service system supports children and young people with complex needs to grow up safely and well in out-of-home care, confident that their rights and wellbeing are protected and prioritised.

Our Goals


We are building the practice capabilities of the agencies involved in the Collective based on academic and expert practitioner evidence.


We are partnering with others to improve outcomes in the out-of-home care service system, including funding bodies/regulators.


We advocate to ensure the rights of all children are recognised and respected, prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in care with complex needs.


We are establishing a national network of service providers, practitioners and academics working collaboratively and proactively to improve the care of children with complex needs living in out-of-home care.

Our Policy Priorities

The Collective has chosen to focus on a set of specific priorities in order to genuinely increase agency capability beyond anything that could be achieved as an individual agency.

Paid workforce

Establishing a professional paid workforce to provide out of home care.

Behaviour issues

Improve support for children in out-of-home care with harmful sexual behaviours.

Guardianship and adoption support

Identify the need for post permanency support services.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Identify strategies to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children placed with First Nations community-controlled organisations.

Implementation of Royal Commission recommendations

Support the implementation of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.