Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Western Australia are 17.8 times more likely to be removed from their families by child protection services than non-Indigenous children, the highest rate across all states and territories, and significantly higher than the national average of 10.1 times.
Meeting the Family Matters Building Blocks
The Family Matters Report 2018 shows that Western Australia, in comparison with other states and territories, has:
- low Aboriginal participation in child care and second highest disparity in early development vulnerability;
- the lowest proportional investment in family support and intensive family support (6.7%); and
- no state-wide peak body or model for ACCO supported family participation in case decisions.
See the 2018 Government of Western Australia’s response to Family Matters.
See the 2018 local community’s response to how Western Australia is fairing.
See the 2017 Government of Western Australia’s response to Family Matters.
Who’s With Us in Western Australia?
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 the six key principles of the campaign.
Visit our Who’s With Us? page to view everyone who has signed the Statement of Commitment in Western Australia.
Join us to ensure you’re playing your part in standing up for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
William Hayward, State Coordinator
(08) 9321 9090Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia
(08) 9265 6666Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Western Australia
(08) 9222 2555
(08) 9223 1111
1800 670 305
1800 171 882
For further contacts and FAQs specific to Western Australia, please download the Western Australia Community Resource Guide.