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Safety and Wellbeing

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

Making sure Australian laws are followed in all communities across the country, improving physical, social and emotional wellbeing 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:

  • support organisations to deliver programs and services that improve physical, social and emotional wellbeing and promote resilience
  • reduce the high rates of violence, including family violence, supported by programmes and services that are culturally appropriate and informed by best practice
  • build healthier and more resilient communities that reduce the impact and prevalence of intergenerational trauma
  • develop healthy, safe and strong family environments for children, particularly those in their early years
  • lower the high rates of Indigenous incarceration by targeting the drivers of criminal behaviour, such as childhood abuse and neglect, alcohol and drug abuse, and unemployment

Feeling well and having a safe community to live in are 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.

In addition to this, the Australian Government also supports the supply and availability of low aromatic fuel to communities and regional areas to help reduce petrol sniffing.  More information about low aromatic fuel is available on the PM&C website.


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Image of burnt bushland with a grass tree in the middle of the picture. Text: Source: AAP
16 Jan 2020
Information for bushfire affected communities.
An adult man in pale t-shirt has placed his hand on the shoulder of a young man in long sleeve top. In the background is grass, shrubs and a green fence.
10 Dec 2019
Jeremy Donovan (father and cultural mentor) shares what he would say to his 15-year-old self about respect.
Indigenous woman with hair pulled back wearing a purple dress. In the background is a wall, then a playing field and buildings.
28 Nov 2019
Lani Brennan (author, mother and survivor of domestic violence) shares what she would say to her 15-year-old self about respect.

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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: