Family Matters is approaching 2019 with strong and clear priorities, a new strategy centred on key principles and values, and several significant changes to campaign structure.
With many key opportunities in the months ahead, 2019 shapes as important year as we work to recognise the rights of our children and end the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being removed from family.
In 2019 Family Matters has established a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership model to ensure campaign authenticity and the range of skills required to truly effect change.
Alongside Richard’s appointment, the Family Matters Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Group has been established, reflecting knowledge, insights and expertise from different sectors and states and territories.
- Natalie Lewis, QATSCIPP; Family Matters Co-Chair
- Richard Weston, Healing Foundation; Family Matters Co-Chair
- Muriel Bamblett, VACCA
- Jenny Brown, Red Cross
- Natahlia Buitendyk, Uniting Care
- Jeffrey Chesters
- Melissa Clarke, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
- Joanne Della Bona, Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre
- Joanne Else, Child and Family Focus SA; Family Matters SA
- Gerald Featherstone, Kummara Association Inc.; Family Matters Qld
- Tim Ireland, AbSec; Family Matters NSW
- Toni Janke, Centacare Family and Relationship Services
- Maureen O’Meara, Aarnja; Family Matters WA
- Kathleen Pinkerton, Yorganop Association Inc.
- Dawn Ross, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
- Sheena Watt, Queen Elizabeth Centre
Reflecting progress made to date, and the current political context, the campaign’s priorities for the year ahead will centre around:
- Ensuring the effective operation of the Family Matters Campaign.
- Deepening accountability of all Campaign partners – “walking the talk”.
- Progressing political solutions – walking with governments.
- Increasing the public visibility of the Campaign.
- Supporting state and territory work – with a focus on community level engagement.
Family Matters is proudly community-driven, drawing together committed organisations in collaboration to work towards campaign goals by utilising our strengths.
However, in order to continue our collective fight to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care within a generation, we need to raise a further $150,000 through sponsorships.
We need your support to reach our goal.
Your sponsorship will go towards:
- raising awareness within communities on the issues impacting the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and the solutions that will see them flourish
- employing a campaign manager to drive campaign activities across Australia
- advocating for laws, policies and practices that will empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to drive the solutions and that focus on supporting families and communities to prevent child removals.
More information on how you can support and partner with us
Finally, you can also support us by signing our statement of commitment and pledging to work in ways that promote the Family Matters principles. Sign the Statement of Commitment.