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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

Two Aboriginal women smile at an Aboriginal child held by one of them. The child wears a blue jumpsuit with Aboriginal designs on the front. In the background is a flower bed, two fences and trees.
6 Sep 2019
The Pika Wiya Health Service in Port Augusta is making the 715 health check a regular event for everybody in the local Aboriginal community.
Group of Indigenous people dressed in workwear and ranger uniforms and some holding rakes and shovels sit or stand around a well. In the background is a building and trees.
6 Sep 2019
The Torres Strait Regional Authority’s (TSRA) Masig Rangers have completed a project to restore and cap nine historic wells which are of cultural importance to the Masig community.
Group of Torres Strait Islander people stand against a wall in a shed. Two prams are in shot. Above them are lights and fans.
2 Sep 2019
The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Environmental Management team recently brought its Community Backyard Garden Workshop program to Iama for the first time.

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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: