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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

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

Aboriginal young man dressed in blue shirt. In the background is a light and doorway and some blue colours.
19 Mar 2018

Jye Walker is an ABC Heywire Trailblazer enabling change in the lives of youth in the Great Southern region of Western Australia through ‘Rock and Water’, a self-awareness, self-confidence and social skills building program.

An Aboriginal woman dressed in bright aqua and white workout clothing holds a workout weight bar inside a gym with weights and equipment behind her.
23 Feb 2018

Kellie McDonald aims to inspire, motivate and encourage Indigenous people and communities to make healthy choices and improve their lifestyles.

Six Indigenous and non-Indigenous young women in different coloured and styles of clothing stand arm in arm. In the background is a playing field.
9 Feb 2018

The Heywire Regional Youth Summit brought 53 young people to Canberra to tell their stories about issues of concern in their respective communities.


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: