OzChild was created in July 1993, when three long-established child welfare agencies – Family Action, Family Focus, and The National Children’s Bureau of Australia – amalgamated to form Oz Child: Children Australia Inc. which later operated as OzChild. OzChild is one of Australia’s oldest independent children’s welfare organisations, with a history of helping children since 1851.
OzChild holds records relating to children in its care and records of its predecessor institutions, back to the 1840s. Files are held at the State Library of Victoria and at OzChild. Former residents (and their families) should apply through OzChild to access the records from either location.