Federal election priorities to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

We thought that the recent Family Matters campaign’s election priorities would be useful for members to receive ahead of the upcoming federal election and ask you to join us in calling all political parties to commit to their priorities.

Please join us by sharing this election brief with your friends and family, and by taking part in our upcoming National Week of Action, which is being held from 20-16 May.

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are thriving. However, as you are aware, there still remain unacceptable levels of disadvantage faced by our children nation-wide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are now 11 times more likely to be removed from their families and placed in out-of-home care than non-Indigenous children, and this rate of over-representation continues to increase every year. In 2015, our children were also about 2.5 times more likely to experience developmental vulnerability than non-Indigenous children by the age of 6. And yet, they access early years services at half the rate of non-Indigenous children.

For the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, we are reaching out to all political parties to work together to implement these priorities so that our children have the opportunity to thrive.

If you’d like further information on this please contact Family Matters on 03 9489 8099