Support us to support our children.
SNAICC focuses on the best and most strategic ways to empower our communities and make a difference for our children and families. We’ve identified the pressing need for more education and training opportunities for Indigenous professionals and young people, and in particular, those who work in early childhood or child and family organisations.
SNAICC is now embarking on a scholarship initiative to ensure ongoing and growing support for those dedicated to a better future for our children and families.
We invite you to donate now as we build our SNAICC Scholarship Fund. Our goal is to build our scholarship pool and create a sustainable source of support for those working tirelessly with our children and families.
SNAICC offers a number of Indigenous traineeship placements and scholarships for Indigenous professionals and young people. In the past three years, our scholarships have supported two SNAICC youth traineeships and over 120 child and family professionals take up professional development opportunities.
However, the current funding environment puts future scholarship opportunities in danger.
Education and training gives Indigenous professionals and young people choices, and improves the availability and quality of care for our children and families.
Your support changes lives. Please contact Deputy CEO, Emma Sydenham on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss becoming a SNAICC Scholarships supporter or other current opportunities.
Your tax-deductible donations will support education and training opportunities for Indigenous professionals and young people. Your support builds stronger, empowered communities, and better futures for our children and families.
Children’s Day is an annual national day celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their strengths and cultures. Held on 4 August, it is a day for our communities and the broader Australian community to share and continue cultural traditions, grounding strong and positive identities in our children. Children’s Day is annually launched at a national event hosted by SNAICC (this year in Perth) and local community events around Australia.
As part of Children’s Day, SNAICC produces and distributes resources and activity kits for children, professionals and adults, and helps organisations, schools and communities celebrate in their communities. With the support of many community partners, individuals and Ambassadors, the profile of Children’s Day continues to grow annually, with over 250 events registered nationally in 2014.
Join us in celebrating our children, and help support the planning, lead-up and promotion of Children’s Day; host your own event, or join in the many events around Australia!
The SNAICC biennial conference in September this year has become the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family issues conference in the southern hemisphere. Delegates and speakers will gather from around the country and overseas to discuss our challenges and share our knowledge and experiences in raising happy, healthy and confident children in our communities.
As well as providing a powerful and inspiring learning experience for all attendees, it will also provide opportunities to meet and experience the rich cultures of our Aboriginal communities.
Support this leading professional development event for those working with our children and families through the range of sponsorship and other opportunities.
Fair start to school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
SNAICC is working with services and other key stakeholders to improve the Australian Government childcare package announced in May 2015, in particular by restoring funding of Indigenous early childhood services in disadvantaged communities across Australia.
Children in poor families should not be excluded from the opportunity to learn, develop and grow. The Federal Government’s childcare package goes against all evidence that the ages from zero to three are the most important time to reverse disadvantage and set children on pathways to success. It punishes poor families and serves as a barrier to parents seeking to enter the workforce. Support change to this policy, ensuring Indigenous children get a fair start.
In 2013-4, SNAICC established Family Matters — Kids Safe in Culture, Not in Care, a national initiative that aims to break the traumatic cycle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child removal and halve the number of children in out-of-home care by 2018.
SNAICC is proud to lead Family Matters in partnership with peak and national agencies in the child welfare sector, including NSW Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and Families Australia.
As part of the initiative, Family Matters is engaging with communities and other key stakeholders and decision-makers across Australia to discuss, develop and document ways to achieve this ambitious and important goal.
Support this community-driven initiative to improve the lives of our children and families.
SNAICC is as strong as our membership.
By joining the SNAICC community of members, you help strengthen our sector in advocating for our children and families at all levels of government.
SNAICC members are our first point of contact for feedback and input into policy. The SNAICC Executive and Secretariat advocate for and support our members, in both good and in troubled times. Become a SNAICC member to speak up strongly for our children and families.
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations supporting the aims and objectives of SNAICC can become a SNAICC member.
Take the first step to supporting community-controlled change
Volunteers and interns form the backbone of our organisation.
Thanks to the efforts, passions, and dedication of thousands of volunteers, more than 10,000 working hours were saved last year.
You can volunteer in a range of areas including policy and research, training and resource development, campaigns, communications and Aboriginal Children’s Day… just to name a few.
We are unable to provide any financial support for volunteers, students or interns at this time, however, some tertiary institutions (for example, the University of Melbourne) provide stipends through internship programs. Potential interns should consult with their relevant faculties at their universities.Course credits for placements should also be arranged by potential students with their relevant faculties at their universities.
Ways to get involved
- Visit the Volunteers, Students and Internships page.
- Contact Alice Davis on email@example.com.
- Apply through the Aurora Project for legal or anthropology internships with SNAICC
- Consult the placement officer at your tertiary institution to organise a final year placement with SNAICC
- Contact your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer at your tertiary institution.