About us - OzChild

OzChild: who we are

About us

For nearly 170 years, OzChild has been committed to improving the lives of at-risk children, young people and families in our community. An independent not-for profit organisation we support children and families throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT.

We work hard every day to provide a better future for the people in our care with the belief that every young person deserves the chance to shine.

Our commitment to delivering quality services which make a real and lasting difference to Australian families provides us with the passion to ensure all children and young people are safe, respected and nurtured, and reach their full potential.

Some of the services provided by our dedicated teams include foster and kinship care, evidence-based programs, disability and education services, family and indigenous support services.

View the full range of services we provide here.

Our vision: All children and young people are safe, respected, nurtured and reach their full potential.

Our vision is to 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. A society where all children are respected and supported, are part of a family and participating in their community. Where they have their needs met, have a home in which they are well cared for, are 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.

Our purpose: 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.

OzChild Strategic Plan 2020: New Frontiers

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:

Full version (2MB pdf)

Short version (1MB pdf)

Read more about our Strategic Plan here. 

Our commitment

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 focused organisation, true to our values and transparent in the determination of our decisions.

Our commitment to Child Safety

We are committed to protecting children and young people from all forms of abuse, bullying, exploitation and neglect.
We are committed to creating environments in which children are safe, and feel safe, in all our programs and services.
We are committed to listening to children and addressing any concerns they raise with us.
If you have any child safety concerns, you can contact OzChild here.

For tips on how to keep children safe online, view our 2018 Cyber Safety Manual

Our history

Protecting and caring for children since 1851, OzChild is the longest continuous service to children and families in Victoria. Learn more about our story here.

Our board

OzChild has a dedicated board of 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 here.


OzChild is the trading name of Children Australia Inc, a registered not-for-profit, independent children’s welfare agency, incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981. Children Australia is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient and is assessed as a public benevolent institution by the Australian Taxation Office in accordance with the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

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.

Reconciliation Action Plan

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. Learn more.

OzChild Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan

2015 OzChild Disability Innovate Reconciliation Plan

Download the OzChild Disability Innovate Reconciliation Plan which has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and will be available on their website.

Full Plan

Annual reports

Click on the links below to download our most recent annual reports and financial statements.