Indigenous children

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Research report

29 Nov 2017

Already ten times more likely to be living in out-of-home care than non-Indigenous kids, this report argues that the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care is predicted to triple over the next twenty years unless urgent action is taken.

Research report

9 Nov 2016

On 9 November 2016, the Family Matters campaign released its inaugural report. This report revealed shocking results on the state of child protection in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children including:

Numbers of Indigenous children in the child protection system is set...



9 Nov 2016

The inter-generational issues that have stemmed from the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families and communities - and the resultant trauma experienced by so many - have been the focus of concerted action and advocacy by Aboriginal leaders, peak bodies, organisations and community...


25 Oct 2016

This report has been published by the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) Victoria. It documents the findings of Taskforce 1000, which was an eighteen month project that critically reviewed the case plans and circumstances of 980 Aboriginal children in out-of-home care in Victoria....

Discussion paper

20 Oct 2016

The Commission has commenced an inquiry into the implementation of amendments arising from the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014. The inquiry commenced on 1 September 2016 and is expected to be finalised in March 2017.

The legislative...



15 Sep 2016

Aboriginal suicide is different: that’s one of the key messages that came out of the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention conference in May this year. Other messages follow from that one: local communities know best how to understand causes and build solutions;...

Audio interview

Audio program

2 Aug 2016

Eli Melky, who served as the Country Liberal Party's assistant treasurer before aligning himself with the Palmer United Party, says he is outraged by treatment of young people in juvenile detention and has announced he will stand against the Northern Territory's Chief Minister Adam Giles...

Research report

26 Jul 2016

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) contracted researchers from the Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) at UNSW Australia to provide a literature review on the support needs of specific population groups affected by institutional child sexual abuse....



8 Jul 2016

Aurukun School in Cape York, far north Queensland, closed in May this year after a series of violent episodes directed at teaching staff. The school is one of the Cape York Academy schools operating under the stewardship of prominent Indigenous leader, Noel Pearson.


Research report

5 Jul 2016

The Aurukun campus (the school) of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA) is the hub of the Aurukun community. The teachers and staff of the school are dedicated and motivated by a collective desire to ensure the children of Aurukun become successful learners. Collectively,...

Journal article

3 Jul 2016


Objective: Evidence of identity, particularly a birth certificate, is essential to access many rights. However, the births of many Aboriginal Australians are not registered when they are infants. We examined factors related to birth registration among Western Australian children born to Aboriginal...

Research report

10 Jun 2016

This report has been prepared by the Australian Child Rights Taskforce (the Taskforce), Australia’s peak child rights network, made up of more than 100 organisations advocating for the protection, promotion and fulfilment of the rights of children in Australia. The Taskforce is co-convened by UNICEF...

Briefing paper

16 May 2016

This report from the Queensland Government discusses how an action plan to respond to vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families will be developed.

Key priorities in Supporting Families Changing Futures include responding differently to the over-representation of vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres...


13 Apr 2016

The claim "Indigenous children at the moment are ten times more likely to be living out of home right now," Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said on the ABC's Q&A.

Are Indigenous children ten times more likely to be living out of home than...

Research report

17 Mar 2016

Explores Australian and international literature to develop an understanding of the risk factors and protective factors involved in strengthening school attendance.

Abstract Issue 4 of ACER's Policy Insights series commences with a synthesis of publicly available data on school attendance by Indigenous Australians,...

Journal article

28 Sep 2015

This exploratory study investigated how staff at four private boys’ boarding schools in Perth, Western Australia, constructed meaning and understanding around the experience of studying away from home and family for Aboriginal students from regional and remote communities. Interviews were conducted with 16 participants recruited...

Research report

17 Sep 2015


This second report on the health indicators in the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development finds areas of improvement as well as areas of concern in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and mothers.


Research report

4 Aug 2015

This report presents the outcomes of a major consultation with Aboriginal children and young people across Western Australia conducted by the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA.

In 2014, the Commissioner consulted with 1,271 Aboriginal children and young from all major regions of...

Research report

29 Apr 2015

Presents information on all young people who were under youth justice supervision in Australia during 2013–14, both in the community and in detention. It also explores key aspects of their supervision, and recent trends.


The youth justice system is the set...

Research report

26 Feb 2015

Presents analyses on hearing health outreach services provided to Indigenous children and young people in the Northern Territory.

Summary This report presents information on ear and hearing outreach services funded by the Department of Health and delivered by the Northern Territory Department of...