Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Celebrating National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

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

This year’s theme, From small to big: growing stronger every day, aims to raise awareness of the importance of providing a safe, nurturing and healthy environment for Indigenous children.

Since 1988, local events have been held each year to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and reinforce how important it is for their wellbeing to be connected to culture. This year’s activities include arts and crafts, storytelling with local Elders and child care open days.

Getting the best possible start in life is essential for improving the lives of Indigenous children in remote communities and closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

The Australian Government’s significant investments in closing the gap include $564.4 million under the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development.

As part of the Agreement, the Australian Government will provide more than $292 million to states and territories for the construction, refurbishment and service delivery of 36 Children and Family Centres.

These centres provide a range of integrated services, including early learning, child care and family support programs in targeted communities.

The National Partnership Agreement also provides for increased access for Indigenous families to antenatal care, pre-pregnancy and teenage sexual health programs as well as increased access to maternal and child health services.

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