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First Peoples

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations play critical leadership and service delivery roles across the country to support the safety, wellbeing, health and development of children in their early years. This plan takes a particular focus on building the community-controlled sectors that address:

  • early childhood education and care (ECEC) and integrated supports to children and families to support child development
  • child protection and family support services that focus on the needs of children and families experiencing vulnerability and/or who are in contact with child protection systems.

The plan also considers the intersection of these services with other priority sectors for strengthening to be addressed in other plans, including health, housing and disability.

This plan is informed by extensive consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations across Australia. This included consultations by SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children in early 2021 to inform the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy and Safe and Supported: National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-2031 (National Framework). To facilitate input to this plan, there were also dedicated national workshops, attended by over 150 people, and opportunities to provide written feedback.

The sector strengthening plan aims to achieve increased service delivery, coverage, capacity, quality and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations in alignment with Priority Reform 2 of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap (the National Agreement). Its objectives are supported by 36 key areas of action (18 for ECEC services and 18 for family support and child protection services), targeting sector growth and development across areas of workforce, capital infrastructure, service delivery, governance, consistent funding model and peak bodies.

Related Information

Sector strengthening plan: health https://apo.org.au/node/315992

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