New platform for child protection info
A new information-sharing platform is being introduced with the aim of improving collaboration between Australia's state and territory child protection agencies.
Assistant Children and Families Minister Michelle Landry on Thursday announced NSW-based company Itree had been awarded a $5.9 million contract to deliver the project from 2020.
The platform will allow state-based agencies to share information to prevent, identify and respond to situations where children are at risk of harm.
Ms Landry said it would ensure child protection caseworkers had access to "a more extensive and accurate insight" into a child's history.
"It will improve the way that government agencies share information across different borders, to prevent at-risk families who move interstate from evading the gaze of those who have a duty to protect them," she said in a statement.
"The aim of this streamlined national platform is to make sure that caseworkers across our nation have all the information that they require at their fingertips, which will allow them to respond to child protection incidents without delay."
The federal government has provided $3.9 million to the project with states and territories providing supplementary funding to fulfil the final years of the five-year contract.
It is expected to be up and running by mid-2020.
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