How much does Australia spend on child protection?
According to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (link is external) (Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision [SCRGSP], 2016), in the year 2014-15 the following amounts were spent directly on providing services to children who had experienced, or who were at risk of experiencing, child abuse and neglect in Australia.
Nationally, approximately $4.3 billion was spent on child protection, out-of-home care services, family support services and intensive family support services (see Box 1 for definitions) in 2014-15, which was an increase of 5.8% ($239.2 million) from 2013-14. Of this expenditure, out-of-home care services accounted for the majority (56.2%, or $2.4 billion). Since 2011-12, the national expenditure on child protection and out-of-home care services has shown an average annual increase of 3.9% per year for the past 4 years, equating to a total increase of $472.5 million. https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/economic-costs-child-abuse-and-neglect