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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

A group of Indigenous people sitting round a table in a meeting room with Indigenous art on the walls and window at one end.
31 May 2017

Winner of the 2015 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award, the Mornington Island Restorative Justice Project is having a profound effect on the Gulf of Queensland community.

Five Aboriginal people and one non-Aboriginal person are standing in front of a remote airfield. In the background is a small airplane.
31 Mar 2017

The Galiwinku Night Patrol team recently went beyond the call of duty, working dusk to dawn seven nights a week helping to contain a recent spike in fuel sniffing within their community.

Three Indigenous women and one Indigenous man stand together outside, at the launch of the Torres Strait and Kaurareg Aboriginal Peoples’ Healing Strategy.
14 Mar 2017

The launch of the Torres Strait and Kaurareg Aboriginal Peoples’ Healing Strategy is a vital step towards addressing the colonisation-related trauma affecting Torres Strait communities.

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: