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Focus Areas

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Early Childhood Development

A core component of work that SNAICC undertakes is the advocation for, support for and development of effective Early Years programs that are created, managed and delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Child & Family Wellbeing

A secondary core component of work that SNAICC undertakes is the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based approaches to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

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Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap is an agreement between the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations and all Australian governments on how government works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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What We Do

As an organisation, our work focuses on three key areas: research and policyadvocacy and sector development. Through this, we design policies that promote sustained positive systemic and institutional change, advise governments on strategies and actions and, consequently, play a pivotal role in shaping legislation, policies and practices that inherently support the safety, development and wellbeing of our children.

Our work covers a broad spectrum of sectors, including Early Childhood DevelopmentChild & Family Wellbeing and Child & Maternal HealthWithin these areas, we represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families, communities and organisations to all levels of the Australian Government. 

We actively collaborate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations, non-Indigenous service providers and all levels of governments to enhance the design and delivery of supports and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Through these engagements, we work to effectuate genuine, long-term changes that improve outcomes and opportunities for our children and strengthen the capacities of families across Australia.

Our Role

We work to provide a strong National Voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to support their safety, development and wellbeing.

At a national level, we represent and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children through three interconnected roles Research, Policy & Leadership, Sector Development and Community & Sector Voice. Through these interconnected roles, we advocate for and support the development of critical services to improve access to holistic and culturally safe services for those in need. By doing so, we harness the potential of communities to effect genuine, long-term change for children and families across Australia.

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Funding Model Options for ACCO Integrated Early Years Services Final Report

May 2024

Funding Model Options for ACCO Integrated Early Years Services Final Report presents findings and recommendations so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have access to high-quality, culturally safe ECEC services that meet their developmental and wellbeing needs through needs-based funding model options that support the viable operation of ACCO early years service providers.

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SNAICC 2024-25 Pre-budget Submission to the Australian Government

February 2024

In SNAICC 2024-25 Pre-budget Submission, we call on the Australian Government to bring to life the commitments they have made through the National Agreement on Closing the Gap by investing in the policy reform, programs and structural change needed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families to heal and to thrive.

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Family Matters Report 2023

November 2023

Family Matters Report 2023 shows that child protection systems continue to fail Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, with the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children entering out-of-home care continuing to rise, exposing them to ongoing harm and trauma. This report highlights, in particular, Aboriginal-led solutions to what is working best for our children and communities.

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Family Matters Report 2023 Report Card

November 2023

The Family Matters Report 2023 Report Card shows the jurisdictional progress being made on the four Family Matters Building Blocks.

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Family Matters Report 2023 Data Snapshot

November 2023

Family Matters 2023 Report Data Snapshot shows key data from Family Matters 2023 Report and calls for investment in community-led solutions to eliminate the over-representation of our children in out-of-home care. 

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Agreement to Implement the Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership

August 2023

Agreement to Implement the Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership. Partnership Agreement to improve outcomes under Closing the Gap for Early Childhood Care and Development established by the Joint Council on Closing the Gap under the Authority of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

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Stronger ACCOs, Stronger Families Report

May 2023

Stronger ACCOs, Stronger Families Report identifies significant systemic barriers that Aboriginal community-controlled organisations face in accessing funding for FaC Activity programs and, more broadly, in delivering Commonwealth-funded child and family services.

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Stronger ACCOs, Stronger Families Report Table

May 2023

Stronger ACCOs, Stronger Families Report Table presents a summary of the key findings under the domains of Strengths, Needs, Barriers and Opportunities.

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Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership: Year 1 Workplan Summary

May 2023

Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership: Year 1 Workplan Summary identifies the agreed actions the ECCD will take to support its objectives, which include progress initial priorities to improve early childhood care and development outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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Family Matters Data Snapshot 2022

November 2022

Data snapshot on the Family Matters 2022 annual report.

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Family Matters Report 2022

November 2022

Family Matters Report 2022 is the third to be published following the development of the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap and, on the 25th Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report, most recommendations remain unrealised.

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Discussion paper: Developing a Western Australian 10 Year Roadmap to address the over-representation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care

October 2022

Discussion paper on the development of WA Roadmap to address the over-representation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.

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