Aboriginal children in Tasmania are 4.7 times more likely to be removed from their families by child protection services than non-Indigenous children, the lowest rate of out-of-home care over-representation.
Meeting the Family Matters Building Blocks
The Family Matters Report 2020 shows that Tasmania, in comparison with other states and territories has:
- the second highest rate of Aboriginal children on track against all 5 AEDC domains (37%)
- a proportion of expenditure on family support services below the national average (12.8%)
- by far lowest rate of placement of Aboriginal children with Aboriginal carers (13%)
- no Aboriginal peak, few formal and funded roles for ACCOs, and no model for family or ACCO participation in child protection case decisions
- no dedicated commissioner or peak body for Aboriginal children or formal system leadership roles for independent Aboriginal representatives
- no dedicated and monitored strategy to address Aboriginal over-representation.
See the 2020 community response to how Tasmania is fairing.
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.