Families Australia


Child Aware Approaches conferences are an opportunity to bring together a broad range of practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers interested in developing new strategies and forging new links to develop a deeper understanding of the approaches needed to make the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children a shared community responsibility.

Watch video of delegate and speaker views on the Child Aware Approaches Conference here.

The 2017 conference was held over 15-16 May at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Presentations will be uploaded here over the coming weeks.



The 2016 Conference was titled ‘Valuing, Protecting and Promoting Child Wellbeing’. Themes included: advancing children’s development and wellbeing in the first 1000 days; supporting young people in out-of-home care to flourish in adulthood; and building child safe organisations and environments. The Oration was delivered by June Oscar AO, CEO of Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre.

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The focus of the 2015 conference was Innovations in early intervention, community collaboration and partnership beyond the child & family welfare sector. International keynote speakers included: Bernadine Mackenzie, Deputy Chief Executive, Child, Youth & Family, New Zealand; Paul Nixon, Chief Social Worker for Child, Youth and Family, New Zealand; and Helen Buckley, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. The Oration was delivered by Aden Ridgeway.

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Sharing, Building and Recognising Child Aware Innovation was the theme of the 2014 conference. Keynote speakers included: Professor Nigel Parton (UK); The Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP; Dr Daryl Higgins; Richard Weston; and Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott OAM. The Oration was delivered by The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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This inaugural conference was themed, Making Child Wellbeing and Safety Your Responsibility. Keynote speakers included: Professor Fiona Arney; Professor Muriel Bamblett AM; Professor Marie Connolly; Professor Alan Hayes AM; Ms Maree Walk; and Adjunct Associate Professor Geoff Woolcock. The Oration was delivered by the newly appointed National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell.

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