Children, Aboriginal Australian

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20 Mar 2018

The removal of Aboriginal children from their homes – and where to place them – is complex and fraught process, and not fodder for politics or morning television. Jacynta Krakouer and Sarah Wise explain.

Research report

14 Mar 2018

This report examines what the 2016 Australian Census of Population and Housing can tell us about preschool participation among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian population.


9 Mar 2018

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals grim details about the prevalence of child abuse in Australia. But crucial national data on abuse in out-of-home care remains elusive.

Research report

26 Feb 2018

ARACY has released their third Report Card, updating previous editions released in 2013 and 2008. It uses the latest available data, from a range of sources, across a range of indicators.

Journal article

13 Feb 2018

This study, in a representative sample of young people in detention in Western Australia, has documented a high prevalence of FASD and severe neurodevelopmental impairment, the majority of which had not been previously identified.

Research report

The views of WA children and young people on factors that support their engagement in school and learning
30 Jan 2018

Much effort has been put into developing resources, frameworks, policies and programs to support and engage students. This work is important and has helped many students, but by listening to the voices of children and young people, it is clear there is more to be...


16 Jan 2018

AbSec has undertaken a limited review of parenting supports that aim to build the parenting capacities of Aboriginal parents. Specifically, six case studies have been developed reporting on the organisation and parenting program(s) delivered including the dynamics of service delivery, the rationale for program and...


15 Dec 2017

The Royal Commission has presented the final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.

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.


3 Nov 2017

This bulletin presents previously unpublished national trends in the number and rate of children admitted to out-of-home care (OOHC) by age and Indigenous status, from 2011–12 to 2015–16.


6 Sep 2017

This report presents evaluation findings of an healing program run in the Murri School, Queensland.

Fact sheet

30 Aug 2017

Produced in partnership with NAPCAN, this resource provides an overview of prevention of child abuse and neglect, with a focus on primary prevention.

Other text

9 Aug 2017

This paper provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children involved in child protection and out-of-home care, and is based on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Child Protection data 2015-16 (AIHW 2017a; 2017b).


Report for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
12 Jul 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commissioned the Telethon Kids Institute to collaborate on a report examining the question of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s past and contemporary vulnerability to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

Working paper

8 Feb 2017

The limited empirical evidence available in Australia points to beneficial effects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ identification with their culture across a range of outcome domains. Living in remote communities, with limited mainstream economic opportunity, services and infrastructure – notably inadequate housing –...


8 Feb 2017

This practitioner resource outlines some key considerations for community sector organisations and service providers who are thinking about evaluating the outcomes or impact of a program for Indigenous families or communities.

This resource outlines some issues and common challenges that require careful thought when...

Research report

10 Oct 2016

Australian policy settings began to acknowledge the lessons of our history through greater recognition of the importance of children’s connection to community and culture in the 1980s. At this time, the efforts of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and advocates led to the establishment of the Aboriginal...



19 Sep 2016

On Thursday evening a house rented by the man accused of killing Aboriginal teenager Elijah Doughty was set on fire.

The fire came almost three weeks after Elijah’s body was found near Gribble Creek in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, on August 29th. Elijah had allegedly been killed...


19 Jul 2016

SNAICC and many of its members have been watching with concern as, around the country, a range of processes are undertaken to progress longer-term care arrangements for children. They vary in detail but have been broadly described as permanency planning measures. Some of these proposals...



8 Jul 2016

The number of Aboriginal children in Victoria's child protection system has gone up by 70% in just three years. Now Aboriginal leaders in Victoria are saying enough is enough, and are calling for a new approach to stop so many children being removed.