01 July 2019

Young people transitioning from out-of-home care: What do public inquiries tell us about the state of current policy and practice in Australia?

This article summarises the key messages from Australian public inquiries related to young people transitioning from out-of-home care conducted from 2012-18. Overall, across the eight reports conducted in various jurisdictions during this period, there is a consensus that careleavers currently experience limited life chances compared to their non-care peers. Furthermore, there is consensus that an extension of support until at least 21 years of age is necessary to improve careleavers' outcomes. In 2018, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia announced their intention to trial an extension of care until 21 years for selected groups of care leavers. Furthermore, the Commonwealth Government has increasingly encouraged all jurisdictions to adopt measures that will improve outcomes for care leavers, particularly around the prevention of homelessness.