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Almost one in six indigenous children receive child protection services, new government figures show.
The number of indigenous children receiving such services rose from 134 to 156 per 1000 in the five years to 2018/19, an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report says.
The Child protection Australia 2018-2019 report shows there were almost 45,000 children in out-of-home care at the end of June 2019.
More than 30,000 of them had been in care for more than two years, according to the report released on Wednesday.
About 170,200 young Australians received child protection services in 2018/19, an increase of about 12 per cent from 2014/15, but the rate remained around 30 per 1000 children.
AIHW spokeswoman Indrani Pieris-Caldwell says a range of factors contribute to more children, both indigenous and non-indigenous, getting child protection services.
"'Increased public awareness and reporting, legislative changes and inquiries into the child protection processes all play a part, as well as potential rises in the rate of child abuse and neglect," she said.
Child protection services include investigations, intensive family support and other actions to keep children safe.