In 1993, Jan Owen AM formed the Australian Association of Children and Young People in Care (AAYPIC), a variety of state and territory groups that aimed to give children and young people in care a say in the decisions that affect them. It was in March 1999 that AAYPIC networks met in Brisbane to form one combined organisation and call it CREATE – not an acronym but an action – meaning to ‘create opportunities with and for children and young people in care.’
Over 20 years, led by the courage, strength and youth advocacy of our Young Consultants, CREATE has contributed to many significant improvements to the care system, including;
CREATE has grown significantly from its humble beginnings at garages and community halls across Australia, and is now a national organisation with offices in each state and territory with almost 50 staff and over 26,000 children and young people with a care experience as clubCREATE members. While we’ve grown, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to our vision that all children and young people with a care experience reach their full potential. Our model of Connect to Empower to Change has helped us play a vital role in the care sector today by ensuring the voices of children and young people are at the centre of decision making and heard loud and clear.
CREATE Foundation’s 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan drives our commitment to improving the lives of children and young people with a care experience. It outlines our vision, mission, core principles, and goals for the next three years.
CREATE’s strategic direction is informed and developed after extensive consultations. This includes consultations with children and young people held at state level. Once collated this information informs discussions at state and national level to fine tune our direction for the future. CREATE also conducts stakeholder consultations with the sector, and hosts several business area brainstorming sessions that include Board Members. Once all the feedback is received it is collated and a draft plan is developed. This is then provided back to children and young people and staff for comment and the final step is securing Board approval.