Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Further $3.1 million to protect Australia’s children

Non-profit organisations across Australia will share in $3.1 million to provide community-based projects aimed at developing the strength and resilience of children and families as well as supporting children who have suffered abuse or neglect.

One-off funding of up to $100,000 has been allocated to deliver innovative projects targeting prevention, early intervention and remedial services for children at risk.

This is in addition to the $63.1 million committed over four years under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020.

The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children reflects a new, collaborative approach to protecting children from neglect and abuse.

Working with the states and territories, we are developing new strategies to provide broad family support as well as more intensive, targeted services for those families which are in need of more help.

It is our priority to identify children and families at risk and intervene early before a crisis develops.

Among the projects being funded is the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council which will receive funding to run Healthy Body/Healthy Camps, for children, their parents and grandparents.

The camps will operate in tandem with workshops for parents promoting good health, nutrition and warning of the dangers of substance abuse.

A full list of the projects is available at: Protecting Australia’s Children Funding – A further $3.1million to protect Australia’s children.