Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Australian Capital Territory are 16.3 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 10.2 times.
Meeting the Family Matters Building Blocks
The Family Matters Report 2019 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:
- comparatively high rate of pre-school attendance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children;
- the third lowest proportional investment in family support and intensive family support (13.4%); and
- improved rate of placements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers (38.6% to 41.2%).
See the 2019 Australian Capital Territory community response.
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.
Child and Youth Protection Services, Community Services Directorate, Australian Capital Territory
13 22 81
Child Care Access Hotline
1800 670 305
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
(02) 6284 6222
1800 110 290 or 1800 120 859
Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation
(02) 6296 8900
Aboriginal Legal Service (ACT)
(02) 6249 8488
For further contacts and FAQs specific to the Australian Capital Territory, please download the Family Matters ACT Community Resource 2019