One of the roles of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (the department) is to protect children and young people who have been harmed or are at risk of harm. For the year ending 30 June 2014, the department provided about $1.65 billion in grant funding to approximately 2 700 government and non-government organisations. Of this funding, 32 per cent, or around $522 million, was for child safety services.
When providing services to vulnerable children and young people, organisations—both government and non-government need to collaborate, and to do so quickly and easily. Sharing relevant information at the right time is critical to the safety and well-being of a child or young person. This was a clear finding in a 2014 coroner's inquest into the death of a child. It is also important to maintain confidentiality of information. Appropriate physical and computerised security arrangements have to be put in place to safeguard data from unauthorised access and disclosure—either accidental or deliberate.