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Children and young people with a care experience are more vulnerable to change than their peers in the broader community.


CREATE responds to state and federal government inquiries on issues affecting children and young people in out-of-home care by developing submissions to government, Commissions of Inquiry and Royal Commissions. CREATE submissions include the views expressed by children and young people during CREATE consultations and research, and provide government and others an important opportunity to hear from those who experience the system firsthand.

In addition to written submissions, CREATE may also seek the support of CREATE Young Consultants to further inform inquiries through their participation and direct input at public hearings and or meetings with representatives from the inquiring agencies.

CREATE submissions are a tool to affect change by increasing awareness among those with the power to direct change. Government and other inquiries often relate to proposed changes to the laws governing child protection, systemic reviews to improve policy and practice or more specific issues related to particular elements of care, such as residential care.

The list below is not exhaustive, but represents a number of the submissions CREATE has provided, and some of the issues in which CREATE advocated.


Royal Commission submissions:


CREATE Submission to the NT Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT

CREATE Response to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – Record Keeping

CREATE Response to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – Criminal Justice

CREATE Submission to RC Redress and Civil Litigation Consultation Paper

CREATE Response to Issues Paper 7, Compensation, July 2014

CREATE Foundation Submission to Issues Paper 6, Redress Schemes, June 2014

CREATE Response to Issue Paper 4, Preventing Sex Abuse, November 2013

CREATE Issue Paper 3, Child Safe Environments, October 2013

CREATE Response to Issues Paper 1, Working with Children Check, August 2013


Federal Senate Submissions:


CREATE Submission to Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the My Health Record system, August 2018

CREATE Response to Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment

CREATE Submission to the Inquiry into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017

CREATE Submission Senate Committee Inquiry into adequacy of existing residential care arrangements for young people, February 2015

CREATE Submission to Senate Education and Employment References Committee, August 2015

CREATE Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into Grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren, March 2014


Other submissions


CREATE Response to the South Australian Children and Young People (Safety) Regulations, July 2018

CREATE Submission to Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner on Australia’s progression towards the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, May 2018

CREATE Submission to the Fourth Action Plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children March, 2018

Independent Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care in New South Wales, December 2017

National Children’s Commissioner and roundtable participation: Teenage Parents with an Out-of-Home Care experience, May 2017

CREATE Submission to Senate Committee Inquiry into OOHC Dec, 2014

CREATE Submission to NSW Government: Child Protection Legislative Reform, March 2013

CREATE Response to the Discussion Paper and Proposed Amendments to the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1997, February 2013 (TAS)

CREATE Consultation Report for the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, January 2013

CREATE Submission to Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, September 2012