Who we are
OzChild works with over 6,000 children and young people with the aim of providing them a better future. OzChild often works with children who are in the ‘too hard’ basket in the belief that every young person deserves the chance to shine. Our approach is comprehensive; where we can provide multiple services to address the often numerous issues in the lives of children and their families.
Our programs range from foster care for children aged 0 – 18 who can no longer live with their natural parents; services for children with disabilities; health and welfare support such as counselling in schools and for families experiencing difficulties; respite for families whose children often have complex needs; education, scholarships, mentorship and development programs for disengaged and underprivileged youth.
All children and young people are safe, respected, nurtured and reach their full potential.
Our new vision would see a society in which all children, regardless of their background, religion, culture or socio-demographic, are living happily in a safe and caring environment. They are respected and supported, are part of a family and participating in their community. They have their needs met, have a home in which they are well cared for, well educated, and have the support that they need to be the best that they can be. We believe that this is a society that we can all aspire to live in, and a vision that will continue to unite us.
OzChild supports vulnerable children and young people by providing healing, preventing abuse and neglect and strengthening families.
We believe that this purpose succinctly defines all that we do and everything we want to be in order to achieve our vision. It outlines not only that we want to prevent children experiencing abuse and neglect, but also what we do to support children, young people and their families to empower them to reach their full potential.
Our Strategic Plan will drive our agenda for the next five years. It describes our purpose and the key goals that will be implemented to ensure we achieve our vision that all children and young people are safe, respected, nurtured and reach their full potential.
Click to view and download the OzChild Strategic Plan 2020 – New Frontiers:
Read more about our Strategic Plan here.
All of our services are underpinned by a robust and contemporary governance framework, based on risk identification and resource prioritisation.
This statement represents a commitment from the board to staff, from the staff to the carers and volunteers, and from all of us to the children and their families we support. We will ensure that we remain a sustainable, honest and focussed organisation, true to our values and transparent in the determination of our decisions.
Protecting and caring for children since 1851, OzChild is the longest continuous service to children and families in Victoria. OzChild grew from three agencies and gold rush beginnings. To learn more click here.
OzChild has a dedicated board of experienced members with experience throughout a range of sectors. Our board members work to ensure the best future for OzChild and all of the children within our care. Meet our board members, click here.
Our advocacy work
For over 160 years, OzChild has been committed to the protection of Australia’s most vulnerable and at-risk children. In service to this commitment, OzChild is also an advocate for sector reform and positive public attitudes to children in care. We conduct high-quality, independent research into every aspect of child welfare within Australia and around the world. Read click here.
OzChild is passionate about equality, fairness and acceptance, and will take all complaints seriously. To read more about our policies surrounding these issues, check the table below.
- We know your privacy is important, therefore all information gathered by OzChild is protected to the best of our abilities. For more information on how your personal information is stored, Click here.
- OzChild is committed to community standards, expectations and relevant legal and ethical guidelines in relation to professional behaviour and maintaining an environment in which team members, volunteers, casual staff and contractors are able to report, without fear of retaliatory action, concerns about any serious instances of improper conduct they believe may be occurring. If you would like more information you can click here.
- OzChild takes all complaints seriously. If you have experienced any problems with our services or staff, please contact us and let us know. If you would like more information about how your complaints will be handled, Click here.
- OzChild is committed to maintaining equality in our services and workplaces. To read our Diversity Statement, Click here.
- OzChild supports marriage equality for our diverse foster children and foster families. To read our Marriage Equality Statement, click here.
OzChild Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan – July 2017 – July 2019
OzChild have committed to working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues to ensure children in our care are culturally safe and to improve our own cultural competence.
Find out more.
Download the OzChild Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF 3 MB)
Download OzChild Disability’s Reconciliation Plan, which has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and will be available on their website.
2015 OzChild Disability Innovate Reconciliation Plan
Full Plan (PDF 2mb)
Click on the links below to download our most recent financial and annual reports.
2015-2016 Annual Report
Full Annual report (PDF, 586 kB)
Financial Statements (PDF, 2mb)
Full Annual report (PDF 1mb)
Financial Statements (PDF 1mb)
2013-2014 Annual Report