In Australia, statutory child protection is the responsibility of state and territory governments. Departments responsible for child protection provide assistance to vulnerable children who are suspected of being abused, neglected or harmed, or whose parents are unable to provide adequate care or protection.

More reports and statistics on child protection can be found under Adoptions and Children & youth.

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30,600 children have been in out-of-home care for 2 years or more

67% of children who received child protection services were repeat clients

1 in 32 children received child protection services

Receipt of unemployment payments (26%), parenting payments (11%), DSP (10%) 4‑5 times as high as for other young people

OOHC study population were less likely to remain on student payments and more likely to remain on unemployment payments

The OOHC study population were 4 times as likely to stay on payments for longer than other young people