Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childhood Strategy released


Joint press release

The Honorable Ken Wyatt AM, MP

Minister for Indigenous Australians

Hasluck Member

Senator the Honorable Anne Ruston

Minister of Family and Social Services

Minister of Women’s Security

Senator from South Australia

The Honorable Stuart Robert

Acting Minister of Education and Youth

Member of Fadden

The Morrison government, in partnership with SNAICC – The National Voice for Our Children, today released the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Years Strategy.

The Strategy provides a long-term framework for government and non-government organizations to strengthen their collaboration and improve early childhood outcomes.

Indigenous Australians Minister the Honorable Ken Wyatt AM MP said the strategy responds to calls for a more concerted approach between jurisdictions and service providers.

“The New Way of Working on Closing the Gap provides a framework for a whole-of-government, pan-community approach to child development,” said Minister Wyatt.

“The first five years of a child’s life are crucial for their long-term health and well-being.

“This strategy sets out the vision that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born healthy and stay strong, are nurtured by strong families, and thrive in their early years.

“For the first time, agreed priorities, future opportunities and important ongoing activities have been brought together into a single strategy – so that all who contribute to the early childhood care and development system are aligned and moving forward. same direction.

“The national consultation process behind the Strategy was heard directly from families and advocates for what they need to build the foundation for long-term health, prepare children for school, and develop their identities and backgrounds. understanding of culture.

“The focus is on early learning, health, housing, safety, disability, sector workforce and cultural links to guide future changes and help parties align their policies and their actions about what we hear from children and their families. “

The new strategy puts children at the center of policy design and builds on commitments made under the National Accord to Close the Gap, including the $ 123 million early childhood program announced in August.

The government is also investing $ 9.1 million to support the SNAICC intermediary services support pilot project.

Acting Education and Youth Minister Honorable Stuart Robert MP said the pilot project would help early childhood providers improve quality within the framework of the national quality framework. Minister Robert said it would also increase access to training and professional development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators.

“The Morrison government is pleased to support the establishment of the SNAICC Intermediate Support Services Pilot Project, which will increase the capacity of the community-controlled sector to deliver high quality, culturally safe early learning,” said the Minister. Robert.

“Co-investment is being sought from state and territory governments to support the pilot project, further strengthen community organizations and provide better access to quality early childhood education so children are ready for school. . “

Family and Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said the strategy would be a critical tool in helping us meet our goal of the close-the-gap deal to reduce the rate of over-representation of children. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care. .

“Parents and loved ones are our first primary teachers and caregivers and this strategy would ensure they are supported to raise strong and resilient, safe and healthy children,” said Minister Ruston.

“The strategy will also work alongside the Australian National Child Protection Framework 2021-2031, which is a 10-year national framework launched today that will drive change through a collective effort in all areas that support children. , young people and families in need. .

“Together, in a true partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we can develop community-based solutions to challenges on the ground.

Launched at the 9th SNAICC National Conference, SNAICC President Assistant Professor Muriel Bamblett AO said the strategy focuses on strengthening families and recognizes the impact of intergenerational trauma.

“This strategy is a model for the work that we, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, families, parents and caregivers, have done for our children every day for millennia,” said Adjunct Professor Bamblett.

“We all strive to make children feel safe, loved, cared for, strong in their identity and proud of their culture, so that they can go their own way in life.

“By integrating the connection to culture, country and language throughout the Strategy and identifying opportunities for positive influence – together we can make a difference and truly close the gap in outcomes for our children.” .

“Indigenous-led solutions will ensure that Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander children and youth have the opportunity to lead happy and healthy lives, empowered by their culture and identity. “

A copy of the Strategy is available on the ANIA website.

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