Aboriginals in the Juvenile Justice System

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a report on Nov 21 on the number of young Indigenous people in the justice system. The report says that 39% of those in the juvenile justice system were Indigenous on an average 2010-11 day, even though  they make up only about 5% of young Australians. For full report click here. 

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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Family Violence report

The final report from an inquiry, Family Violence-A national legal response has been released with 289 recommendations for reform. As part of the report, the author, the Australian Law Reform Commission, released information sheets on how their recommendations would affect parts of the community. Fact sheets have been provided on Culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Indigenous peoples, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex and one on people with disabilities.
For Fact sheet on Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex click here.

For report click here.

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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Indigenous Housing

In 2009-10 a total of 316 houses and 828 refurbishments occurred in remote indigenous communities across Australia. In WA 67 homes were built and 150 refurbished. For more: http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2010/pages/remote_indig_housing_progress_15jul10.aspx

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Indigenous Funding

Eleven indigenous youth projects will receive $1.4m in Fed Govt funding to tackle family violence and support health families in Indigenous communities.

It includes $320,000 for the Circular Head Aboriginal Corp, East Tasmania and $24,000 for Halls Creek.

Meanwhile, the Aust Govt has launched a new peak national body, the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Incorporated (IAHA) as part of a $19m National Indigenous Health Workforce Training Package.

For more on the 11 projects: http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2010/pages/indigenous_youth_projects_9jul10.aspx

More on the new indigenous health peak body: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr10-ws-ws067.htm?OpenDocument&yr=2010&mth=7

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Holiday Visits

As you seek your “fun in the sun” this Christmas holiday you, your children or your friends may consider taking an eye opening detour past one of the many aboriginal communities doted around WA to get an idea of living conditions in these communities. Or find out where there are drop-in centres, or community services for the homeless etc.

In northeastern Perth, at  Cullacabardee,  you can visit a small Noongar Aboriginal community, based on Baal Street, a drug rehabilitation retreat, located off Gnangara Road in the suburb’s northeast. You could also visit such places at Gnangara, Badjaling, Ninga Mia Village(Kalgoorlie), Iragul, (Norseman). For maps and places to visit see the links below.

WA map: http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/Maps/maps%20sept09/WAComsA4.pdf

Goldfields: http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/Maps/maps%20sept09/GFComs_A4.pdf

Perth/Wheatbelt: http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/Maps/maps%20sept09/MWComs_A4.pdf

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POSTED 18 Dec 2009
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Indigenous Work

Youth Challenge Australia (YCA) is looking for volunteers aged 21 to 35 to work in Indigenous schools and youth centres in the Northern Territory. There are opportunities to support teachers and youth workers in the Northern Territory communities of Yuendumu, Docker River, Imanpa, Finke and Mutitjulu. Volunteers are not required to have a teaching or youth work degree, just an open mind and a willingness to learn.

YCA volunteers have the opportunity to learn more about Indigenous culture and communities, while making a valuable contribution to improving the education of Indigenous children in remote communities.

YCA is recruiting for programs until January 2010.

For further information on YCA’s program, contact YCA on yca@uts.edu.au or 02) 9514 5512 or visit: http://www.youthchallenge.org.au/

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POSTED 18 Dec 2009
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STI campaign

A national campaign has been launched aimed at reducing the rate of sexually transmitted infections, especially among young people and Indigenous people. The Fed Govt is spending $9.8m in the National SDI Prevention Programme to address the worrying rise in Chlamydia, HIV/Aids, and syphilis infections. The theme is: STIs are spreading fast-always use a condom” for more: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-nr-nr074.htm?OpenDocument&yr=2009&mth=5

http://www.healthinsite.gov.au/news/Sexually_Transmitted_Infections_Campaign

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POSTED 13 Jun 2009
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Native Title

Speaking at the 10th annual Native Title conference June 5, 2009 in Melbourne, Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said she aimed to make Native Title negotiations less confrontational. Earlier, on June 3, marking the 17th anniversary of the Mabo judgement, the Fed Govt offered an additional $45.8m to help address the native title claims backlog. For more: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/jennymacklin.nsf/content/native_title_conf_melbourne_05jun09.htm

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POSTED 13 Jun 2009
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Aboriginal support

The Federal Government has announced the new Remote Service Delivery Strategy, signed by all Australian governments. It will be developed into local plans to look at improving health, education and housing for indigenous people. It was launched by Indigenous Affairs minister Jenny Macklin in Perth at a speech to the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy. To read her speech see: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/jennymacklin.nsf/content/john_curtis_21april09.htm

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POSTED 1 May 2009
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Aboriginal Representation

The Australian Human Rights Commission is helping in the development of a new self-determining and independent national Indigenous representative body. In March 11-13 98 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders met in Adelaide to discuss the new body. The Howard Government disbanded the last national aboriginal body, ATSIC, formed by Bob Hawke, in 2005 after corruption investigations.
To find out more about the new body visit: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/repbody/index.html

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POSTED 1 May 2009
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