Supported care

The Keep Them Safe legislation redefined supported care to mean a care arrangement that is arranged and provided following an assessment that a child or young person is in need of care and protection.

The child or young person must be placed with an authorised carer (including relative/kin carers). Only supported care arrangements meeting this definition will be eligible to receive the Supported Care Allowance.

The introduction of the supported care changes involves a range of actions, including the development of assessment and review tools to ensure children and young people in supported care are correctly classified.

Eligibility reviews are not necessary for those receiving pre-existing Supported Care Allowances who also have an approved risk assessment completed.

More information on the reform of supported care can be found here:

Consultative group

A non-government consultative group has been established under CPAG to provide high-level advice on this project.

The role of the group will be to provide high-level advice and input into strategy, processes and procedures relating to changes to supported care under the broader OOHC reform project.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)