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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?

A dedicated approach to Aboriginal family safety will complement the 10 Year Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence in WA (the State Strategy). The Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy will provide a platform for the government’s commitment to improved outcomes for Aboriginal women, children, families and communities in WA.

The Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy will be co-designed with Aboriginal people to ensure initiatives are targeted and responsive to identified community needs. An Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy acknowledges the ongoing impact of colonisation for Aboriginal people and the importance of local, Aboriginal-led responses to improve Aboriginal family safety and the significant over-representation of Aboriginal women and children as victims of family violence.

The State Strategy is being developed with careful consideration of intersections with national and state strategies and efforts such as the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020, Closing the Gap, and Our Watch’s “Changing the picture: a national resource to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children”.

The WA Government has established an Aboriginal Advisory Panel to help inform government decisions affecting Aboriginal children, families and communities. The Advisory Panel will provide cultural and expert advice to the Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services on a range of issues relevant to the portfolio responsibilities.

What have we achieved so far?

In February 2019, the WA Government convened an Aboriginal Family Safety Summit that brought together leaders and experts in Aboriginal family safety from across Western Australia to discuss the requirements and next steps for this dedicated Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy. The need to recognise and support Aboriginal responses and solutions was clearly stated. The Aboriginal Family Safety Summit was an important step in improving Aboriginal family safety and represented a commitment to working alongside Aboriginal people to create better outcomes for Western Australia’s First Nations people.

What is next?

Under the State Strategy, the WA Government will prioritise working in partnership with Aboriginal people to co-design and implement WA’s first Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy based on strengths, culture and local solutions. Culturally secure governance mechanisms will be designed and established with Aboriginal people, organisations and communities in Western Australia to support the development of an effective Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy.

What difference will we make?

The Aboriginal family safety approach 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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