Media Release 28 April 2014 – Racial Discrimination Act should be left well enough alone
28 Apr 2014
SNAICC stands alongside the many Indigenous and ethnic groups that have expressed considerable concern and alarm that the reforms would weaken protection against racist and other forms of vilification in Australia.
Royal Commission calls for more people to share their story
28 Apr 2014
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has launched a national public awareness campaign calling for more people to come forward to share their story.
Another year of mixed progress under Closing the Gap in Victoria
24 Apr 2014
The latest annual Aboriginal Affairs report from the Victorian Government has delivered good news on a number of Closing the Gap targets and alarming news on child protection for the state’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
Study finds negative coverage on Aboriginal health saturates media
22 Apr 2014
A study conducted by the Public Health Advocacy Institute Western Australia (PHAIWA) has found that Australian media coverage offers an overwhelmingly negative portrayal of Aboriginal health.
Changes to Racial Discrimination Act will harm society, say leading community agencies and figures
2 Apr 2014
A number of human rights, multicultural and Indigenous organisations have voiced strong opposition to the Australian Government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.
Child protection workers too busy to visit children in need: media report
12 Mar 2014
Child protection workers in New South Wales have complained of being shuffled from office to office to cover staff vacancies, preventing them from getting to children in need, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Congress adds its voice to growing calls for justice targets
12 Mar 2014
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has joined other Indigenous organisations in calling for the creation of specific justice targets under Closing the Gap.
Media Release 13 February 2014 – The gap can only be closed in partnership with Aboriginal organisations and communities
7 Mar 2014
Following latest Closing the Gap report, SNAICC calls on governments to ensure adequate funding and the meaningful participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to see improvements across all the Closing the Gap targets.
Publications on the rights of Indigenous Peoples from the OHCHR
21 Jan 2014
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released two publications on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
A step forward for children’s rights
17 Jan 2014
Children will soon have a further avenue to pursue if their rights are violated, with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child shortly being able to receive individual complaints from children or their representatives.
Government to defund the Aboriginal Legal Services Peak Body NATSILS
17 Dec 2013
The Abbott Government is set to announce the defunding of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) and all Law Reform and Policy Officer positions within each State and Territory based ATSILS.
Joint Statement on review of Racial Discrimination Act
11 Dec 2013
Meetings were held this week between community representatives and Attorney General Senator George Brandis to discuss the review of section 18(c) of the Racial Discrimination Act (the Act). A joint statement has been released.
Joint Statement on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
4 Dec 2013
Member organisations of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) met in November to discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contributions to the Royal Commission. A joint statement has been released.
COAG report – Lessons for federal reform
7 Nov 2013
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council has released a report outlining the progress of the COAG reform agenda for the period of 2008 to 2013.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Human Rights and Advocacy Summit
6 Nov 2013
The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Oxfam Australia will be holding an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Youth Human Rights and Advocacy Summit in Sydney from 10-14 Feburary 2014.
Make a difference on National Close the Gap Day 2014
25 Oct 2013
The Close the Gap Coalition is gearing up for National Close the Gap Day 2014. You and your organisation are invited to take part in the day by hosting an event or activity to raise awareness of, and support for, the campaign.
Children have a right to play and enjoy their childhood
23 Oct 2013
This year’s Children’s Week (19 to 27 October) is an opportunity to reflect on the sad reality that too many of our children are denied the most fundamental of rights: the right to enjoy their childhood.
2012 Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
23 Aug 2012
The fifth session of the Expert Mechanism took place from 9-13 July 2012 in Geneva at the United Nations Palais des Nations. Key reports are available on the United Nations website.
Joint NGO Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee – Submission August 2012
8 Aug 2012
Next year, the United Nations Human Rights Committee will review whether Australia has complied with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. A submission to the Committee has been jointly supported by 95 non-governmental organisations.
UN Committee calls for Aboriginal decision-making on Aboriginal issues – The Australian report card: what does it say?
28 Jun 2012
The Committee on the Rights of the Child reviewed Australia’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva from 4-5 June 2012, condemning ongoing discrimination and poverty. Add your comments to our blog.
SNAICC engaging at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York from 7 – 18 May
17 May 2012
SNAICC is participating in The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, seeking to raise the visibility of critical human rights issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and to strengthen build partnerships.
Submission to UN Secretary General on the rights of Indigenous children
2 May 2012
SNAICC recently made two submissions for consideration in the inquiry being undertaken by the United Nations Secretary General for report to the UN General Assembly on the rights of the child, with a focus on the rights of Indigenous children.
SNAICC submission on the Australian Government’s Draft National Human Rights Action Plan March 2012
9 Mar 2012
SNAICC made a submission to the Attorney General’s Department on its Draft National Human Rights Action Plan.
New UN complaints protocol a major step forward for children’s rights
15 Feb 2012
SNAICC is pleased to report that a new international mechanism has been created giving children the power to submit complaints about abuses of their rights – putting them on an equal footing with adults.