About OOHC

The Department of Communities has worked in partnership with the community services sector to develop a suite of reforms in the Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) sector. 

The reforms outlined in Building a Better Future: Out-of-Home Care Reform in Western Australia – April 2016 will realign and reorientate the focus of the OOHC system, including the service models, standards and legislation. 

The reforms are aligned to deliver:

  • a system focused on the needs of the child
  • a coordinated and flexible service system
  • a safe system held to high quality standards
  • a legislative framework supporting best outcomes for children and families.

The OOHC reform objectives include:

  • greater accountability for funding associated with service provision of OOHC services
  • a requirement for any non-Aboriginal organisation to have a mutually beneficial relationship with an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) or Aboriginal Reference Group to promote culturally safe and responsive service delivery
  • greater stability for Community Sector Organisations (CSOs) through the provision of five-year contracts.

2020 stakeholder engagement

The Department of Communities and the OOHC Independent Reference Group (IRG) recently held workshops with community members, community service organisations, Aboriginal community controlled organisations, advocacy groups, government agencies, carers, families and children in OOHC to co-design service system principles, outcomes and frameworks. Workshops included representatives from regional areas and almost 50 per cent of participants were Aboriginal. Focus groups were held with carers, children who are, or have been, in OOHC and Department of Communities staff.

We also invited all stakeholders to provide valuable input into the co-design process via an anonymous and confidential survey, which was open from 12 to 23 March 2020.

We wish to thank stakeholders for their important contributions, which will help determine the future of OOHC.

Principles and outcomes resulting from this engagement process will be integral to developing new OOHC services that reflect the needs and voices of the community.


More information and resources

Please click on the icons below to access further information and resources. 

Link to Publications page. Link to Fact Sheets page Link to Presentations page Link to workshops and consultations page Link to Independent Reference Group page Link to OOHC infographics page 


If you require any of these resources in an alternative format please email strategyandreform@communities.wa.gov.au.