Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Celebrating Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

Today marks the 25th National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day – a chance to celebrate and show our support for Indigenous children across Australia.

This year’s theme -“Our Children, Our Culture, Our Way” – highlights the strength and longevity of Indigenous culture, and reminds us all of the strong cultural connections Indigenous Australians develop and nurture from early childhood.

National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day also reinforces how important connection to culture is for the wellbeing of Indigenous children.

Each year, events are held in communities across the country for children and families to celebrate this special day – including arts and crafts, concerts, storytelling and open days.

All children deserve to grow up happy and healthy. They deserve to life in safe homes and strong communities, with access to a decent education.

The Government’s work in remote Indigenous communities and our continued commitment to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage is helping to make sure young Indigenous Australians get the best possible start in life.

Our significant investment in closing the gap includes more than $560 million under the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development. This agreement includes investments in new Children and Family Centres, increased access for Indigenous families to antenatal care and pre-pregnancy health programs, as well as more access to maternal and child health services.

I encourage all Australians to take part in National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day and celebrate our next generation of Indigenous Australians.

For more information about National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day, including local events, go to