Child, Youth and Family Plan 2021-2031

We are developing our Child, Youth and Family Plan 2021-2031 and we need your help. This Plan will be our commitment to children and young people from pre-birth to 25 years. It will help us develop strategies and initiatives to support children and young people so they get the best start in life.

There are many building blocks that support children and young people to thrive and families are considered a critical one.


Children and young people have told us how important families, parents and carers are to them. They told us their families provide love and safety; nurturing; support and connections; learning and opportunities - many of the things children and young people need to enjoy a good life.

Through research, data and evidence we understand families need the support of their own extended family, their friends and their community to help raise children and young people. We also understand the needs of families, parents and carers shift and evolve over time, as children and young people grow. We want to learn more, from you as parents and carers, so we can further understand and identify where and how we can strengthen your supports and create opportunities to do things better or differently.

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Our approach

To inform the development of our Child, Youth and Family Plan we have:

  • Explored a wide breadth of research and data to understand the issues and opportunities;
  • Investigated current State and Federal Government policies and reforms to understand priorities;
  • Consulted with the Child, Youth and Family Committee to identify common themes from the youth and family services sector; and
  • Consulted with young children (3 - 5 years), primary-aged children (6 - 12 years) and young people (13 - 25 years) to understand what matters to them, and what they need to live a good life.

Tell us about your experiences

We would like you to share your experiences and ideas with us, to ensure we're capturing the unique experiences and needs of parents and carers across the entire age spectrum. We have designed three different surveys based on the age of your children and young people.

Have your say until 20 January 2021, by completing the surveys below that are most relevant to you.

We thank you in advance for sharing your valuable insights with us.