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Valuing and engaging the expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Responsible government

  • Western Australia

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
    • 6 Value and engage the expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men, communities and organisations to lead in the creation and implementation of community-led solutions to build and manage change.

What are we doing?

The Western Australian Government’s Path to Safety Western Australia’s strategy for reducing family and domestic violence 2020-2030 includes a priority action to work with Aboriginal people and communities to co-design and implement a dedicated Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy (strategy).

The Government is committed to collaborating with Aboriginal people to develop this strategy to support locally informed and led responses that are based on strengths, culture and local solutions to enable healing and safety.

It will be co-designed and delivered with Aboriginal people to prevent and respond to family violence in ways that are culturally secure and responsive to the experiences of Aboriginal people across the state. At the centre of the approach will be a recognition of and response to the diversity of Aboriginal people living in Western Australia.

What have we achieved so far?

Established a Ministerial Aboriginal Advisory Panel to provide cultural and expert advice to the Minister for Child Protection; and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence on how to effectively respond to issues including child safety and Aboriginal family safety and family violence prevention.

What is next?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the WA Department of Communities is engaging with the Aboriginal community throughout Western Australia on the Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy through an online survey.

What difference will we make?

The Aboriginal family safety strategy will bring together the State government’s commitment and locally based Aboriginal community solutions to improve outcomes and safety for Aboriginal women, children, men and communities.

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