About Their Futures Matter

Their Futures Matter is a landmark reform of the NSW Government to deliver improved outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Our vision is to create a service system that delivers coordinated, wrap-around and evidence-based supports for children and families to transform their life outcomes.

Central to this vision is our investment approach that will direct and prioritise whole-of-government funding to deliver targeted solutions that achieve measurable and meaningful outcomes.

Who we are

Their Futures Matter is both a whole-of-government reform and a cross-agency implementation unit. The reform is overseen by an Implementation Board comprising representatives from across NSW Government departments of Education, Family and Community Services, Health, Justice, Premier and Cabinet, and Treasury.

Now into our second year, our team is expanding quickly to plan and implement all aspects of the reform in collaboration with our partner agencies and the sector.

Independent Review

In November 2015, the NSW Government commissioned David Tune AO PSM to conduct an independent review of the out-of-home care system in NSW. The Review was in response to the expanding out-of-home care population and continuing poor outcomes for the most vulnerable children and families.

Its recommendation for a whole-of-system reform to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families was approved by Cabinet in August 2016, and led to the establishment of Their Futures Matter.

Reform overview

Their Futures Matter represents a transformational shift in how we support and empower children and families. We’re moving away from a placement-based system to one that addresses needs and positions children at the centre of everything we do.

We’re directing funding and resources to cohorts of children and families with the most critical needs, and to areas with the greatest opportunities to improve life outcomes. These factors form the basis of our investment approach.

We’re implementing the reform around three pillars:

Our Reform Q&A has more information about the Independent Review and our reform approach.

The Future System – pillars of the reform

Reform news

The 2019 TFM Conference: Improving Outcomes Together attracted nearly 700 people over two days in February

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Better results than predicted by Tune report

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News story: Launch of new program to keep families together

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Our vision is to create a coordinated service system that delivers evidence-based, wraparound supports for children and families to transform their life outcomes.