About CA2019

Families Australia invites you to the 6th Child Aware Conference (CA2019)
Children Young People Families  | our concern | our responsibility | our future
Families Australia is proud to partner with Griffith University, our exclusive Conference Research Partner.


CA2019 aims to advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Thought leaders will stimulate discussion on how to make Australia an even better place for children and young people now and into the future. The participation of young people will be a feature of this conference.


The program for CA2019 will be based on five key themes. Key themes 1-4 each has a specific action focus:

1. Improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Print  Children and young people at risk of entering, or in the child protection system

2. Improving access to prevention and early intervention

Print  Joint service planning and investment

3. Improving placement stability for children and young people in out-of-home care

Print  Reunification and other permanent care options

4. Keeping children and young people safe from abuse

Print  Organisations and governments

5. Strengthening our focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020

We also want CA2019 to help generate the best of ideas and new thinking to help shape the future national policy agenda beyond 2020 for children, young people and families.

Please join us for this informative and practical event where you can create connections and be inspired by the latest in research and best practice. Our Thursday-Friday program will allow you to make the most of Brisbane’s sublime autumn weather and enjoy its many attractions over the weekend.

Who should attend?

CA2019 is for people eager to help shape future directions of national policy and action on the safety and wellbeing of children and young people:

– international and Australian policymakers
– researchers
– service delivery leaders and practitioners
– students (post-secondary, tertiary)

Previous conferences have attracted experts from a diverse range of sectors including child welfare and social policy, infant and maternal health, mental health, education, domestic and family violence, drug and alcohol, youth justice, disability, and early childhood education and care. We have enjoyed strong support from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and we will continue this tradition.

Program formats

The CA2019 conference program will include national and international keynote speakers, workshops, oral papers and poster presentations. Returning from their successful trial in 2017 are the outstanding XPRESS Podium and Policy Think Space formats.

The conference will be interactive to promote sharing of ideas about furthering the national policy agenda and developing new solutions to complex issues affecting children, young people and their families. Speakers and authors will frame their presentations in ways that promote policy analysis and discussion, showcase promising and innovative practice, and help to chart directions for future policy relating to children, young people and families.

Building on our history of including innovative formats, CA2019 will feature two new and exciting ways to share information and stimulate discussion:

Print  Plenary: symposium, hypothetical or debate – 45 minutes, up to six speakers or debaters addressing Key Theme 2 or 3

Print  Our Future! videos – ‘One minute pitch’ to showcase the voices of young people (coming soon)

The program will also include Policy Think Space (60 minute policy discussions), XPRESS Podium
(3 minute pitches using one slide), highly interactive workshops, oral papers and poster presentations.

Anticipated outcomes

The CA2019 program will contribute to enhancing our knowledge and capacities to engage with the national policy agenda for children and young people’s safety and wellbeing.

Delegates should expect to develop a deeper understanding of the approaches needed to promote the importance of working together to prevent harm to children.

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