About us

The Child Development Council is an independent body set up under South Australian legislation to monitor, advise and report on how well our youngest citizens in South Australia are faring. We are based in Adelaide.


The Child Development Council (Council) was established in February 2018 under the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016. One of the Council’s key functions is to develop an Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People including a Charter for Children and Young People.

By having robust indicators and measures the Outcomes Framework will enable longitudinal tracking and reporting and provide a way or means of telling how all children and young people in South Australia are developing and progressing over time.

The Outcomes Framework will guide the South Australian Government’s work for children and young people and target policy, legislation, funding and services to inform a cooperative, whole-of-government (state and local) approach to the setting of objectives or policies affecting children and young people.


Our purpose is to monitor and report on the outcomes of South Australia’s children and young people in the areas of health, safety, wellbeing, education and citizenship.

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