Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Tasmania are 3.4 times more likely to be removed from their families by child protection services than non-Indigenous children, the lowest rate across all states and territories, and lower than the national average of 10.1 times.
Meeting the Family Matters Building Blocks
The Family Matters Report 2018 shows that Tasmania, in comparison with other states and territories has:
- the lowest disparity in early developmental vulnerability across all states and territories;
- the lowest rate of placement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers (17.5%);
- the second lowest rate of placement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers or other kin (41.3%);
- no dedicated or monitored strategy to address over-representation; and
- limited or no funding to ACCOs directly for child protection services and no data to quantify investment.
See the 2018 local community’s response to how Tasmania is fairing.
See the 2017 Tasmanian Government’s response to Family Matters.
Who’s With Us in Tasmania?
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 in Tasmania.
Join us to ensure you’re playing your part in standing up for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc.
1800 132 260
Tasmanian Aboriginal Community Legal Services
1800 064 865
For further contacts and FAQs specific to Tasmania, please download the Tasmania Community Resource Guide.