An after-hours hotline answering calls about at-risk children in Victoria has drastically slashed its wait times, new data shows.
Callers to the After-Hours Child Protection Emergency Service waited 25 seconds on average since the latest period of records started being collected in mid-2017.
It's an improvement from the average wait time of seven minutes, recorded in 2014.
"We receive thousands of calls each month, but an increase in dedicated child protection staff has resulted in shorter waiting times for callers," Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos said.
The statewide service runs from 5pm to 9am and 24 hours at weekends.
It has 110 full and part-time staff and can be used to report physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, lack of supervision, risk of immediate harm, and poor living conditions.
The line is linked to specialist priority access to police and hospitals.
Technology upgrades and more staff since 2015 have helped reduce wait times.
The May 1 state budget included $12.3 million for the child protection specialist intervention team who respond to concerns and the emergency service line.
In 2014 more than 12,000 calls to the line went unanswered.