National Coalition e-bulletin | June 2023

National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing | June 2023 

Dear Colleagues,

National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing Annual Meeting 2023 

The National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing hosted our 2023 Annual Meeting on Thursday 1 June 2023.The meeting was well attended by approximately 100 participants. We would like to extend a warm thank you to our keynote presenters for their excellent presentations:  

  • Professor Ben Mathews (QUT) and Professor Daryl Higgins (ACU) who presented on findings and implications of the Australian Child Maltreatment Study 2019-23
  • Chris Collett, First Assistant Secretary, Children and Families Division, Attorney-General’s Department who provided an update from the Attorney-General’s Department (Commonwealth) on child safety and wellbeing initiatives.

An Annual Meeting summary will be made available on the Families Australia website in the coming weeks.

Post-script: a copy of the 2023 Annual meeting summary can be obtained here.


Safe and Supported Working Groups

We are seeking expressions of interest from National Coalition members wanting to contribute their experience and expertise to Safe and Supported Working Groups. The working groups will address actions across both Safe and Supported: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Action Plan 2023-2026 andSafe and Supported: First Action Plan 2023-2026. Weanticipate the broad subject areas for the working groups will be as follows:

•         Workforce (including ATSICPP)

•         Accountability and data

•         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander System leadership; and

•         Working together to support children and families (encompassing legal supports, social determinants, early support, OOHC, carers and disability).

Your engagement can be on one of two levels:

•         contribution towards National Coalition Safe and Supported Working Group positions; or

•         for subject matter experts, a potential direct representation role.

To submit an EOI for either level of engagement* please send an email with the subject line ‘EOI Safe and Supported Working Groups’. Your EOI should indicate which working group you would like to contribute to, and include a short (100 word) statement outlining your relevant skills and experience. Please send the email to policy@familiesaustralia.org.au by close of business Tuesday, 20 June 2023.

*Please note: If you are considering submitting an EOI for a potential direct representation role please note that the commitment to Working Groups is for a minimum of one year, with the potential to extend through to the end of the first Safe and Supported Action Plans. Meeting frequency is likely to be approximately 6 weekly. Representatives will need to allow time for the meeting as well as pre-meeting consultations and post meeting debriefs with the Steering Group/ Convenor.

Copies of Safe and Supported Action Plans

Families Australia have a small supply of hard copies of the Safe and Supported Action Plans. If you would like to request up to 2 hard copies for your organisation, please email your request through to policy@familiesaustralia.org.au and provide your postal address.


Families Australia members and stakeholders satisfaction survey 2023

Just a reminder that the Families Australia – Members and stakeholders satisfaction survey 2023 closes this Friday, 16 June 2023. Your input will help us to ensure we continue to provide a high-quality service. The survey is anonymous and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Access the survey here.


Not yet a National Coalition member? 

You can become a member by emailing admin@familiesaustralia.org.au or visiting the National Coalition webpage at https://familiesaustralia.org.au/national-coalition/. Membership of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing is free. 

Thank you for your support and ongoing commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children and families. 

Kind regards 

on behalf of Jamie Crosby 
Convenor, National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing  
CEO Families Australia  

P: 02 6273 4885   |   E: admin@familiesaustralia.org.au