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Family Matters

The Family Matters annual report examines what governments are doing to turn the tide on over-representation and the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Family Matters
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Safe & Supported

Safe & Supported sets out how all governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and the non-government sector work together to help children, young people and families in need of support.

Safe & Supported
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The Child Placement Principle

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle is a framework designed to promote policy and practice that will reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.

The Child Placement Principle
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Improving Multidisciplinary Responses Program

The Improving Multidisciplinary Responses Program is a national, multi-jurisdiction initiative that centres Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge, frameworks and responses for the way child and family services are designed and delivered.

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Believe Inquire Respond to Disclosures

Believe Inquire Respond to Disclosures is a national training package to improve culturally safe responses in the primary health care system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child sexual abuse victim-survivors.

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Our Role

Safeguarding the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is of the utmost importance. We work to establish secure environments for children and families, creating communities where they can thrive.

Our work in the Child and Family Wellbeing sector is critical in transforming Australia’s child protection system into one that fosters strong, healthy, self-determined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are connected to family and culture. We apply research, policy reform and sector development to put in place the most effective supports and structures across Australia. We also endorse the importance of family, community, culture and country in child and family welfare policy, legislation and practice.

We actively engage in legislative reform, produce policy and research papers and collaborate with governments and affiliates to develop, implement and monitor evidence-based strategies that enhance outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Our holistic Child and Family Wellbeing approach encompasses safety, health, culture, mental health, home and environment, education, empowerment and economic wellbeing. Maternal Health is a significant component of our work to ensure pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have universal access to culturally safe prenatal care.

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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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