SNAICC Annual Report 2022-2023

Muriel Bamblett’s message (Chairperson)

It has been extraordinary to be a part of SNAICC this past year. I am extremely proud of everyone who has contributed to the incredible growth of the organisation and the impact SNAICC has had in delivering our strategic priorities.

As the voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, SNAICC continues to push for and drive policy reforms that are designed for and by our communities, such as the Early Childhood and Development Policy Reform. SNAICC is also working on the establishment of a peak body in South Australia to be a community voice for our children and the development of resources and training to support our communities through our Sector Development and Connected Beginnings teams.

Our strong partnerships with decision makers, stakeholders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have been instrumental in our progress. It is through these partnerships that we are able to drive positive change and amplify the voices of our children.

During the last year, SNAICC has continued to highlight what is happening on the ground for our children and families and the community-led solutions that work for our communities. The Family Matters 2022 Report was launched in November 2022 with more than 80 stakeholders attending the launch, including Ministers, Members and Senators from across the political spectrum. The key message from the report is clear – Aboriginal community-controlled organisations around the country are demonstrating the unacceptable trend of increasing child removals can be halted when local communities are empowered and resourced.

I want to reflect on the significance of this year, especially on the journey towards the Voice to Parliament referendum. The challenges have been great, but so has our determination to ensure that every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child has the opportunity to thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. Our work is far from over and we are excited for the path ahead.

SNAICC’s public profile is such that our CEO is in constant demand. This too adds to SNAICC’s ability to provide a skilled and informed commentary on a broad range issues impacting on our children and families.

Together, we will continue to advocate for our communities and make a meaningful difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across Australia. A special thanks to our members, the SNAICC Board and team, and our many supporters who work tirelessly to achieve better outcomes for our children.

Catherine Liddle’s message (CEO)

This last year has been one of our biggest yet at SNAICC, it is awe inspiring to reflect on the work of our team over this past year and witness the difference we are making on the ground. It has been so rewarding to see our team almost double during 2022-23, taking on new projects, building more connections and working with communities throughout Australia.

Our increased capacity means more backbone supports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations, more dedicated policy and research into what delivers the best outcomes for our children and families and more community and sector voices reaching decision makers through our strong campaigns and advocacy work. The work doesn’t stop when it comes to our children and families, and we couldn’t be more determined to do what we need to do to help create a future where they can thrive.

It has been a very important year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. SNAICC has continued to raise the bar even higher when it comes to ensuring the voices of our children and families are heard at the highest levels of government. Through innovative campaigns and strategic communications developed for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, Family Matters, THRIVE BY FIVE and the Voice to Parliament, we have been able to cut through the noise and bring the voices of children and families to the forefront of national discussions.

During 2022-23, we spent as much time as possible on Country with our communities and services. We have had an incredible year learning, listening, and connecting with mob on the ground through gatherings, community forums and workshops. The value of coming together in person has been vital to strengthening the sector voice and listening to what our services need to continue to deliver culturally safe wrap around services. The time we spend with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations helps us develop the tailored supports, resources and solutions they need to deliver the best outcomes for our children and families.

In February 2023, we saw the release of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Action Plan 2022-2026 under Safe and Supported: The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children in Canberra. SNAICC has been a key partner in developing the Safe and Supported Framework and the first of the two action plans see all Australian Governments supporting Aboriginal-led solutions in child development, safety and wellbeing for children and families. This is a huge step to ensure that their safety and wellbeing is being supported and prioritised by all governments.

These outcomes would not be possible without the incredible work of everyone at SNAICC, our members and supporters. Your dedication and
unwavering support has been the driving force behind our achievements. Thank you for your exceptional contributions, and I look forward to another year of working together to ensure our children thrive.

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