Children's Day 2020:
Elders of tomorrow have their voices heard

Thank you for celebrating National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on 4 August. So many Australians across the country celebrated our children, embracing cultural traditions such as storytelling by Elders, bush tucker, craft making, flag raising, yarning circles, face painting, traditional dancing and more. 

More than 600 events and celebrations took place in early years services, schools, communities and at home. Supported by an online campaign, SNAICC pre-delivered 15,000 Children’s Day bags across Australia – to remote communities on the Tiwi and Torres Strait islands, Arnhem Land and Western Australia, as well as cities and regions across all states and territories.

A massive thank you to everyone who participated – either in person or online – in celebration of our children. See our gallery sharing some of your celebrations. What an amazing day!

Thank you to our many partners and supporters who each made a significant contribution to a hugely successful day. We look forward to collaborating and celebrating again next year!

We have a limited number of Children's Day 2020 posters left. If you'd like to order one, please email Our poster and other digital resources remain available for download.

SNAICC welcomes new National Agreement on Closing the Gap

SNAICC – National Voice for our Children came together with more than 50 other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled peak bodies to negotiate a comprehensive National Agreement on Closing the Gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

More than 4000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participated in our engagements on what should be included in the new National Agreement guiding us in our negotiations. The new National Agreement is a commitment from all governments to fundamentally change the way they work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations.

Governments have made a substantial commitment to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 45% by 2031, which aligns strongly with the calls of SNAICC and the Family Matters campaign to eliminate the over-representation of our children in out-of-home care by 2040.

The National Agreement also brings a new and welcomed focus on early developmental outcomes for children, with a target to increase the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children assessed as developmentally on track against the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) to 55% by 2031.


Cultural conversations on the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

SNAICC and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) are continuing to host national stakeholder and community consultations to inform the development of culturally appropriate resources to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities to understand and implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (National Principles).

To date, consultations have been held with stakeholders in the ACT, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and WA. We would still like to hear from organisations that engage with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families across the below jurisdictions, as well as from young people.

Click on the links to book your spot:

NSW: Wed 12 Aug 1.30pm-3pm & Thurs 13 Aug (10.30am-12pm) 

NT: Tues 11 Aug 1.30pm-3pm & Wed 12 Aug (10.30am-12pm)

SA: Tues 18 Aug & Wed 19 Aug (10.30am-12pm)

Young people: Thurs 13 Aug & Tues 18 Aug (1.30pm-3pm) 


COVID-19 engagement

Based on SNAICC's ongoing engagement with child protection services regarding the impacts of COVID-19, we have identified, and made recommendations to address, the most common and critical issues.

The pandemic is having a disproportionately high impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in contact with child protection services, impacting significantly on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and carers of children and people who provide vital support services to families.


COVID-19 resources

We have produced two new videos to help support children, families and carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 'Four tips to coping with the COVID-19 pandemic', Sue-Anne Hunter, SNAICC Sector Development Manager and proud Wurundjeri and Ngurai illum wurrung woman, suggests useful self-care strategies, while in the second resource, titled 'Our Kids and COVID-19', Sue-Anne provides tips to help children.


Submission to draft evaluation strategy

SNAICC has produced a submission in response to the Productivity Commission’s draft Indigenous Evaluation Strategy for Australian Government policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Strategy presents a valuable opportunity to establish clear standards for evaluation practice and opportunities to capture outcomes that may be currently slipping through the cracks. As it currently stands, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have minimal input into evaluations.


WA child protection submission

SNAICC and the Noongar Family Safety and Wellbeing Council (NFSWC) recently made a submission to the Western Australian Standing Committee on Legislation’s Inquiry into the Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2019 (WA).

The 6 August committee hearing featuring representatives from both organisations can be watched here. We have high concerns about the Bill in its current form and called for amendments.


SNAICC in the media

Thanks for the extensive media support around Children's Day 2020 on 4 August. A big thanks to Network 10, NITV, SBS, ABC, BBM, First Nations Radio, PAW Media, NRL Indigenous Round and ICTV for broadcasting the Children's Day community service announcement.

The Koori Mail is a longtime supporter, publishing two articles.

On the radio, SNAICC Chair Muriel Bamblett appeared live to air on Triple R's The Gravevinethe National Indigenous Radio Service spoke with SNAICC's Sector Development Manager Sue-Anne Hunter, along with Tracy Hammill, principal of Arnhem Land's Nhulunbuy PS, and Joanna Della Bonna, CEO of the Moorditch Gurlongga Association which runs the Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre in WA; Cairns radio station Bumma Bippera Media's National Talkblack chatted with Aunty Rachel Atkinson, SNAICC Board Member and Founding CEO for Palm Island Community Company; and 3KND radio's Big Brekky Show featured Sue-Anne and Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di.

Meanwhile, SNAICC CEO Richard Weston was interviewed by NITV News. Children's Day also saw support from the likes of ICTV Television, the NRL Indigenous Round, the Illawarra Mercury and Ballarat's The Courier.

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