Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Australian Capital Territory are 13.9 times more likely to be removed from their families by child protection services than non-Indigenous children, the third highest rate across all states and territories, and higher than the national rate of 10.1 times.
Meeting the Family Matters Building Blocks
The Family Matters Report 2018 shows that the Australian Capital Territory, in comparison with other states and territories, has the second lowest early developmental vulnerability, and the highest percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children starting intensive family support.
The Australian Capital Territory has:
- the highest comparative rate of pre-school attendance;
- the second lowest proportional investment in family support and intensive family support (15.3%); and
- very low rate of placements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers (38.6%).
See the 2017 Australian Capital Territory Government’s response to Family Matters.
Which ACT organisations are with us?
Over 150 organisations, politicians, commissioners and guardians from across Australia have signed the Family Matters Statement of Commitment, signalling their intent to work in accordance with key principles of the campaign.
Visit our Who’s With Us? page to view everyone who has signed the Statement of Commitment from the ACT.
Join us to ensure you’re playing your part in standing up for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
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For further contacts and FAQs specific to the Australian Capital Territory, please download the Australian Capital Territory Community Resource Guide.