Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

National data

A Queensland comparison to the Australian national average

The information presented indicates how Queensland compares to the Australian national average for key measures reported in national publications.

Child protection services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

The over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continues to be a challenge in child protection systems across all Australian jurisdictions. However, when compared to other Australian jurisdictions, Queensland has one of the lowest rates of over-representation. Latest data shows that:

  • 22.8 per 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland were subject to substantiations in 2021-22, which was below the national average of 39.8.
  • 59.7 per 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland were subject to care and protection orders as at 30 June 2022, which was below the national average of 71.9.
  • 45.0 per 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland were in care as at 30 June 2022, which was below the national average of 56.8.

Rate per 1,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children subject to substantiations, year ending 30 June

20182019202020212022
Queensland22.924.124.821.922.8
Australia25.738.043.043.439.8

Source: 2023 Report on Government Services Table 16A.1

Rate per 1,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children subject to care and protection orders as at 30 June

20182019202020212022
Queensland44.146.851.756.259.7
Australia62.366.169.771.571.9

Source: 2023 Report on Government Services Table 16A.1

Notes: See footnotes on 2022 Report of Government Services table 16A.1 regarding the data in this table.

Rate per 1,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in care as at 30 June

20182019202020212022
Queensland34.337.040.443.445.0
Australia52.154.256.357.656.8

Source: 2018 data are from the 2020-21 Child Protection Australia Table T4. 2019-2022 data are from the 2023 Report on Government Services Table 16A.2.

Rate per 1,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children admitted into care year ending 30 June

20182019202020212022
Queensland9.912.514.713.8n.a.
Australia11.613.013.813.3n.a.

Source: 2021-22 Child Protection Australia Table S5.17.

Notes: 2021-22 data is due to be published in the next 2021-22 Child Protection Australia report, which is due for release in June 2023.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Queensland's results in national publications can differ to results publicly reported by the department on other sections of this website. This is because measures reported in national publications follow national counting rules, while measures reported in other sections of this website use counting rules that align with Queensland legislation, policy and practice.