In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Message from the Minister

Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA
Picture of Children and Young People in the ACT 2018 is the seventh publication in this series, and provides a comprehensive whole-of-government report, highlighting the progress of children and young people in the ACT against key indicators.

The ACT is increasingly regarded as one of Australia’s most livable regions and offers great opportunities to support children and young people in reaching their full potential. Children and young people are the future of our community. To reach their full potential, they require nurturing, support, and encouragement as they make their journey into adulthood and independence.

In order to do this effectively, we need good data to understand where we are making a difference, and where we need to improve. This highly regarded publication provides important information about the wellbeing of children, young people, families and the ACT community. It presents a robust evidence base and early identification of emerging trends, supporting early intervention principles, and informing planning, policy and integrated service delivery across our human services programs.

It is critical to monitor and analyse comparative data at regular intervals, so that we know how our children and young people are faring over time. This is the first publication of A Picture since moving to a biennial cycle. This allows for greater availability of some of the key data sets, more time for review and development during the non-publication year, and interactive enhancements to our web edition. This year’s publication also improves useability, by providing a wider policy context and strategic linkages to other relevant data collections. Since the inaugural report in 2011, the general trend for the ACT is that most children and young people are faring well, overall. This trend has remained largely constant with the current release for 2018, with performance steadily maintained across a number of wellbeing areas, in addition to a number of improvements. Positive outcomes recorded in the 2018 publication include:

The ACT Government is working hard to respond to ever changing needs of the ACT community and we are committed to do the absolute best we can for our children and young people.

I encourage all those working with the ACT community to view A Picture of Children and Young People in the ACT 2018. It provides the opportunity to reflect on the roles we can all play to improve the healthy development and life choices of our children and young people.

Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA
Minister for Children, Youth and Families

March 2019