Funded by the National Indigenous Australians Agency in partnership with SNAICC
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have the right to thrive and to grow up healthy, supported by strong families, and proud in culture.
Across Australia, families and communities successfully support and nurture their young children. However, wide gaps in early development, health and early learning outcomes persist. Young children continue to be removed from their families and cultures through child safety intervention.
For years, SNAICC, as well as other stakeholders and experts, have called for a national approach where governments, systems and services work together to improve early childhood outcomes. In February 2020, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced the development of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy. The Federal Government has committed to deliver that strategy this year.
The Strategy will align with the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their community-controlled services to lead the responses to children’s needs. It will address outcomes across all aspects of young children’s lives, including early learning, health, disability, wellbeing, care and development.
Working in partnership
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is central to the development of the Strategy.
SNAICC, as the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, is working in partnership with the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA).
Together, we have developed a framework to inform the Strategy.
SNAICC is now undertaking consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities, service providers and other experts.
See the Framework five priority areas
Read our joint media release 20 April 2021: Growing our kids in family and culture – a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy
Consultations with community
An extensive engagement process is underway to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, communities and caregivers with a strong voice in developing the Strategy.
Now we want to hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about ways to help our young children to stay strong in culture, be healthy, safe, and ready for school.
We also want to hear from people that work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in both community-controlled and non-Indigenous organisations, to make sure the Strategy achieves the best outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in their early years.
How to provide input
There are multiple ways you can provide input on development of the Strategy:
Two online surveys are available. The surveys will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The surveys close on Wednesday 19 May.
We have a national public survey for people who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children (professionals and organisations).
We also have a survey especially for families and carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Download this Activity Sheet. It asks a child to draw what makes them happy.
- Read this Information Sheet for families and carers for guidance
- Take a photo or scan your child’s drawing and send to email@example.com
Please note: these drawings may be featured on an online gallery as part of the Strategy. A child’s identity will not be shown.
We also welcome your written contributions and relevant materials.
Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 19 May 2021.
A series of consultation meetings will be held by invitation.
Read our Consultation Guide for more details on how you can contribute.