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Minister Scullion: Vital support for vulnerable families

26 Sep 2017

Media Release

  • $2 million to the Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Corporation to deliver the First Peoples Crisis Support program.
  • The program will change the lives of vulnerable people in the Perth community and create local indigenous jobs
  • The investment is part of the Australian Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

A new $2 million program will provide individual case management support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ex-offenders and their families to help reduce recidivism and homelessness.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion has announced $2 million for the Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Corporation to deliver the First Peoples Critical Response Support program. The program will provide support and advocacy services for ex-offenders and vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in public housing.

“First Peoples Crisis Support is a fantastic program which changes the lives of families and ex-offenders in Perth,” Minister Scullion said.

“Ngalla Maya has a strong history of working closely with stakeholders and community members to achieve the best outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

The multifaceted program will provide ex-offenders with the support needed to stay out of gaol through mentoring and employment support, reducing the likelihood of recidivism.

Families will be supported with case management services around domestic violence, substance misuse and school attendance to ensure families can stay safe in their homes with their children.

Providing preventative support before families reach crisis is vital to ensuring kids stay out of care and families can stay together wherever possible.”

The program will employ 10 case workers to deliver services directly to their community.

“Not only will this program change the lives of families in the community. It will also support community sector jobs for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Perth.”

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