Establishment of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Commissioner


Establishment of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Commissioner

Families Australia and the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing supports the establishment of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Commissioner. Congratulations to all who have advocated for the establishment of this role for an extended period.

The Federal Government’s commitment to establish a National Commissioner will be a game changer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle congratulated the Federal Government for its commitment to establish the role, which will focus on advocating for evidence-based change to policies and systems that will ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children grow up safe, connected to their family and cultural identity.

Commenting on the announcement of the role, Ms Liddle said:

“Our sector and our communities have been calling for a National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children for many years, to tackle the over-representation of young people in out-of-home care and youth detention.”

“The National Commissioner will be the champion, the voice and facilitator for our children, young people and families, and who will hold governments to account. They will help turn the tide of our children being over-represented in out-of-home care, and one of the key targets under Closing the Gap”

“Working through mechanisms such as Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children, a ground-breaking commitment to shared decision-making, has enabled the ambition of many years to finally be realised.”

Click for SNAICC’s press release on the establishment of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Commissioner.