Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Northern Territory are 11.5 times more likely to be removed from their families by child protection services than non-Indigenous children, the fourth highest rate across all states and territories, and higher than the national average of 10.2 times.
Meeting the Family Matters Building Blocks
The Family Matters Report 2019 shows that the Northern Territory, in comparison with other states and territories, has:
- the lowest rate of attendance in government approved child care and preschool; and
- the lowest rate of placement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers (33.3%) (excluding Tasmania).
See the 2017 Northern Territory Government’s response to Family Matters.
Who’s with us in the NT?
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 the Northern Territory.
Join us to ensure you’re playing your part in standing up for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.