National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing

The National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing (National Coalition) comprises around 200 non-government organisations and researchers who are committed to advancing the national campaign on child safety and wellbeing in Australia. Families Australia convenes the National Coalition.

An 12-person Steering Group is the principal representative group for the National Coalition Steering Group members also serve on the National Forum for Protecting Australia‚Äôs Children, a high-level group that also comprises senior Commonwealth, State and Territory Government officials. The National Forum meets 2-3 times per annum to oversee progress with the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 (National Framework).

Steering Group members were appointed by the broader National Coalition at the outset of the National Framework to represent a range of areas, including research, peak bodies, out-of-home care, family support, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and communities. Membership of the Steering Group has evolved in the course of the National Framework to ensure that representation aligns with Action Plan priorities.

National Coalition Steering Group members are:

  • Dr Brian Babington, Chief Executive Officer, Families Australia (National Coalition convenor and co-chair of the National Forum)
  • Professor Leah Bromfield, Co-Director, Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia
  • Ms Stella Conroy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Families Australia
  • Mr Richard Cooke, Chief Executive Officer, NAPCAN
  • Professor Daryl Higgins, Director, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University
  • Ms Elisabeth Kobierski, National Policy and Advocacy Manager, CREATE Foundation
  • Ms Annette Michaux, Director, Parenting Research Centre
  • Ms Natalie Lewis, Board member, SNAICC-National Voice for our Children
  • Ms Bev Orr OAM, President, Australian Foster Care Association
  • Mr Tony Pietropiccolo AM, Director, Centrecare Inc. (WA)
  • Mr Simon Schrapel AM, Chief Executive, Uniting Communities (SA)


How can we join the National Coalition?

Membership of the National Coalition is free. Members receive quarterly e-bulletins. Please email Families Australia ( for more information.

As at 8 October 2019, the National Coalition membership stood at 228 organisations, consultants and academics. The list of Members can be accessed here.