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- Thursday, 24 October 2019 -

PeakCare supports the call for the establishment of a
national commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people


Coinciding with National Children's Week, SNAICC and the Family Matters campaign have today launched a joint position paper calling for the establishment of a national commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Establishing a dedicated national commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will provide much needed oversight and accountability for systems and services, ensuring that the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are protected.

The position paper has been endorsed by over 80 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous NGO’s and state-and-territory-based children’s commissioners and guardians that are working to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Click here to access the position paper
Click here to read the media release

PeakCare strongly encourages our Members and registered Supporters to support the position paper's launch. 


How you can help

  • Share the position paper on the Establishment of a national commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people as widely as possible with your networks and on your social media platforms including #BecauseOfThemWeMust and #KidsCommissioner.
  • Sign your organisation up to be an endorsee of the position paper.
  • Use the key points above to develop your own media release and contact Mark Jeffery (0419 732 583, media@snaicc.org.au) to arrange an interview with a SNAICC or Family Matters spokesperson.
  • Write, tweet or meet with your local federal member of parliament and call on them to support the establishment of a national commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
  • Call for the establishment of a dedicated commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in your own state or territory if you do not have one already.
Click here to access social media materials
Click here to endorse the position paper

The issues

  • Recent reports like The Family Matters Report 2019 and a report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reveal that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people around the country experience widespread and persistent discrimination and disadvantage, impacting on current and future generations.
  • They are 10.2 times more likely to be removed from their families, 2.5 times more likely to be developmentally vulnerable than other children when they start school, and 17 times more likely to be in juvenile detention.
  • Too often Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are impacted by “buck passing” between the federal and state and territory governments, and between government departments and agencies.

 
The solution

  • We must urgently establish a national commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to provide a dedicated focus on their rights.
  • The commissioner must be independent from government and have powers to investigate and report publicly on issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
  • A commissioner could play a role in supporting strategies for more effective collaboration and coordination both between and within governments. 
  • There is increasing recognition across Australia of the importance of having dedicated commissioners for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. Victoria established a dedicated commissioner in 2013 and South Australia in 2018. In Victoria, the work of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People has led to major government reforms and an increased focus on improving outcomes for our children.
  • A commissioner at the national level could advocate for the needs, rights and views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, ensuring that our children thrive into the future.
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