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Safety and Wellbeing

We all want to live in a community where we feel safe. It’s our right.

Making sure Australian laws are followed in all communities across the country and reducing the rates of crime, violence and substance abuse will achieve real results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

To make this happen, government and communities need to work together to:

  • Increase the number of programmes and services in communities to reduce violence
  • Assist more organisations to provide Indigenous-specific alcohol and other drug treatment services and activities
  • Make low aromatic unleaded fuel available in more places. For more information visit www.lowaromaticunleaded.gov.au

Having a safe community to live in is critical to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. It makes other important things possible, like getting kids to school, helping them achieve good results, and getting adults into jobs.

Recent stories

Non-Indigenous man and Aboriginal woman stand in front of white background with young female Indigenous dancers between and in front of them. All are dressed in black and the dancers wear white face paint.
5 Dec 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO will lead the ‘Wiyi Yani U Thangani’ (Women’s Voices) project consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls on issues that affect them, their communities and their futures.

Young Aboriginal man in pale blue shirt stands in front of Indigenous artwork displaying dark brown and white animals on a red and yellow background.
24 Nov 2017

Rockhampton based Helem Yumba Central Queensland Healing Centre will mark White Ribbon Day by hosting a Community Yarning Circle about violence against women.

Balding man in black t-shirt in foreground with office furniture and windows in the background.
14 Sep 2017

Recognised more often as the funny guy on Black Comedy, Steven Oliver turns to a very serious message to share in his other role as an R U OK? Day Ambassador.

Contacts

Many different organisations and government agencies are working with communities to achieve real results in safety and wellbeing. Visit the websites below to find out more: