ACWA is an advocacy body committed to representing the rights of vulnerable children, young people and their families from early intervention through to open adoption and transitioning to adulthood.

For more than 50 years, ACWA's work has been particularly focused on out-of-home care and we continue to play an integral policy and advocacy role in this area.

The Child Protection Legislation Amendment Bill proclaimed on 29th October 2014 provides principles that guide the sector to consider a range of services from birth to young adulthood and reflect this in its structure. Permanency for children and the need to focus on the range of support available to children and families through early intervention, child protection, restoration, guardianship, open adoption, out-of-home care and transitioning to adulthood is reflected in the breadth of ACWA’s policy and advocacy.

As part of our advocacy work, ACWA produces discussion and position policy papers, and regularly responds to inquiries in relevant areas.

The following links provide further information about three major reforms in the sector.

Safe Home For Life Reform

Out-of-Home Care Transition

Keep Them Safe

Recent Policy Papers and Submissions

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its Consultation Paper for out-of-home care (OOHC) on 8 March 2016. ACWA spent just over a month consulting its member...
ACWA submitted a letter to the Department of Family and Community Services in response to the Parenting Research Centre and University of Melbourne report on a Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) for...
ACWA acknowledges that the issues presented in the Discussion Paper are serious and complex. These are issues that must be seen within the wider context of the range of judicial powers and child...
ACWA is committed to working with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and other agencies to ensure child safe practices in the child protection and out-of-home...