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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.

 

Recent stories

Update Coronavirus (COVID-19)
26 Mar 2020

Tiwi Land Council and Executive Director of Township Leasing

A further Restriction of Entry has been issued and will come into effect from 7pm on 26 March 2020 and will remain in place until further notice for the remote Indigenous communities on the Tiwi Islands:

Update Coronavirus (COVID-19)
14 Mar 2020

A Restriction of Entry to the township of Wurrumiyanga has been issued for Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March 2020. The Executive Director of Township Leasing Ms Pennie Weedon holds a lease over the whole of the town and at the request of the Tiwi Aboriginal Land Trust, Tiwi Land Council, which represents all Traditional Owners and the broader Tiwi community, has issued the Restriction of Entry.

The annual Tiwi Islands AFL Grand Final is the premier sporting and cultural event for the remote Indigenous communities of Bathurst and Melville Islands.

Words on an orange and black background that reads 12 to 19 February Ochre Ribbon Week Ending Family violence in Aboriginal communities.
17 Feb 2020
Ochre Ribbon Week raises awareness of the impacts of domestic and family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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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: