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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

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.

Two Indigenous adult women, one dressed in light grey shirt and holding a child dressed in white clothes, the other in a dark grey shirt.
28 Feb 2017

Outcare provides rehabilitation services in Western Australia designed to help people released from prison break the cycle of re-offending - a service which benefits the individual and the entire community.

Seated on a large swing chair, an Indigenous woman dressed in black plays a guitar while an Indigenous man in red top and grey pants plays a large bongo drum.
24 Feb 2017

Since joining the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Tasmanian Kyle Stone, has gone from living in an intensive residential support unit for four years, to living in an ordinary suburban home – and started playing the drums!

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: