Media Release by Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Support For Indigenous Sexual Abuse Survivors in Queensland

Joint Media Release with:

  • Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion
    Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Indigenous survivors of child sexual abuse will now have access to specialised support services with a $350,000 Australian Government Investment in Link-Up Queensland Aboriginal Corporation.

Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, said the funding boost to Link-Up Queensland to 30 June 2016 will support those affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“We know it is critical that survivors of child sexual abuse have access to specialised and culturally appropriate support services that suit their needs,” Mr Andrews said.

“This is part of a $45 million investment into services to meet the increased demand for support as a result of the Royal Commission.

“With this funding Link-Up can offer support or other case management services to Indigenous people affected by sexual abuse while in institutions.

“Link-Up is already well-established in Queensland, with a 30-year history of reuniting families separated through forced removal, adoption and institutionalisation.

“The Healing Foundation – which supports culturally strong, locally run Indigenous healing programmes – will work alongside Link-Up Queensland as part of a strong national network of Indigenous-specific Royal Commission support services.”

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, has welcomed the funding.

“With this funding Link-Up Queensland will provide much-needed support to those Indigenous survivors who have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse whilst in institutions,” Senator Scullion said.

“Ensuring that support is provided in an appropriate and culturally sensitive way is critical to helping victims.”