Section 18 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 enables the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to authorise the principal officer of an Aboriginal agency to undertake specified functions and powers in relation to a Children’s Court protection order for an Aboriginal child or young person.
This means that once a protection order for an Aboriginal child or young person has been made by the Children’s Court, an approved Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) may be authorised to take on responsibility for the child’s case management and case plan.
Under the Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care program, authorised ACCOs will have the opportunity to actively work with the child’s family, community and other professionals to develop and implement the child’s case plan and achieve their permanency objective in a way that is culturally safe and in the best interests of the child.
- For information on Aboriginal self-determination on this website
- For information on programs and resources related to Aboriginal children in care on the Providers website