Senate debates

Monday, 9 August 2021

Questions without Notice

Closing the Gap

2:16 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Families and Social Services) Share this | Hansard source

The only way that we are going to close these gaps and make a difference is if we work together. That's why we are investing $3.2 million over the next two years to assess the needs, and increase the involvement, of Aboriginal community controlled organisations in the child and family support sector. By ensuring that these organisations play a central role in service provision, we'll improve cultural competency and make sure that it is embedded in all of our child and family services. Through the Outcomes and Evidence Fund, we will also be providing support proposals that have been identified by Aboriginal community controlled organisations that address the targets of both out-of-home care and family violence. This will involve a co-designed process between these organisations and the government. Not only will that improve support available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but it demonstrates an absolute commitment to working together to solve this problem.


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