Media Releases

Improving information sharing to protect vulnerable children

Australia’s most at risk children will be better protected by a world-first information sharing platform from next year which is designed to improve collaboration between state and territory child protection agencies. Assistant Minister for Children and Families Michelle Landry today announced NSW-based company Itree has been awarded a $5.9 million, five-year contract to deliver the project.

Untangling the knot of trauma - Blue Knot Day 2019

Today marks the tenth anniversary of Blue Knot Day, established by the Blue Knot Foundation to raise awareness of the more than five million adult survivors of complex trauma.

Day for Daniel

Annual Day for Daniel helping to make communities safer for all children. It is a reminder that it is everyone’s duty to protect children.

Right to enjoy childhood focus of National Children’s Week

Assistant Minister for Children and Families Michelle Landry today calls on all Australians to participate in the wide variety of activities planned nationwide for National Children’s Week 2019.

New guide for handling complaints involving children

The Coalition Government has today launched a new guide to help organisations better handle complaints that upholds the rights and voices of young Australians.

Rocky expo showcases support for people with disability

Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, has encouraged people with disability and their supporters and families to contribute their input into the reshaping of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, while officially opening the inaugural Regional Disability Expo in Rockhampton.

Landry launches trial of a text messaging support service for new parents

Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, today launched a trial for Parent Link at a community event in Rockhampton. Parent Link is a free text messaging service aimed at providing information and resources to parents and expectant parents in the first 1000 days of their child’s life.

Commemorating the 6th anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions. On 21 March 2013, the Government formally apologised to people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices in Australia.

Government takes further step in keeping NT children safe

The Government has today released terms of reference for a Productivity Commission Study on improvements to the way initiatives supporting families and children are funded in the Northern Territory.

Community Hubs helping migrants make the grade

Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, joined Woodridge North State School Queensland Community Hub migrants, for English class today. “Migrants, refugee women and their children are among Australia’s most vulnerable people,” Minister Landry said. “We know that learning English is a key contributor to better employment and educational outcomes, social participation levels and it helps provide people with an overall sense of belonging to the Australian community.”

Access Community Services providing supports for migrants across Queensland

Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry today visited Access Community Services (Access) as part of her visit to Logan, Queensland. “It is wonderful to see the work Access Community Services are doing to help migrants and vulnerable Australians in the Queensland community,” Minister Landry said. “The services provided by Access assist new arrivals to feel connected to their new home and part of Australian society and their local community.

Outstanding Alice Springs Women’s Shelter recognised

Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Ms Michelle Landry, today visited the Alice Springs Women’s Shelter to acknowledge their work and success in receiving a grant of $225,000 over four and a half years following the recent Emergency Relief funding round.

Children and Families Tripartite Forum meets in Alice Springs

Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families Michelle Landry today welcomed the progress made to address child protection and detention issues in the Northern Territory.

New plan for protecting Australia’s children

The Fourth Action Plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children (2009-2020) has been launched by the Government today following endorsement by state and territory Community Services Ministers across Australia.

Early results from anti-violence campaign encouraging with 72 per cent more mindful of respect

The second phase of the ground breaking $30 million Stop it at the Start campaign has reignited community discussions about how we can all play a role in breaking the cycle of violence against women and their children.

Working together and taking action to improve child safety

The Healing Foundation facilitated the first in a series of stakeholders workshops organised by the National Office for Child Safety today. The workshops are aimed at developing the most effective ways to implement the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

New data on attitudes towards violence against women

Most people agree violence against women is wrong and are more likely to support gender equality than ever before, according to new research released today by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.

Continuing critical work of 1800RESPECT

The flagship national domestic and family violence and sexual assault counselling, information and support service, 1800RESPECT, will receive $10.9 million in additional Australian Government funding to meet ongoing demand.

Government continues to seek a home for every child

Assistant Minister Landry attended an Adopt Change event at Parliament House and affirmed the Government’s commitment to finding a safe home for every child as well as considering the report recently tabled in parliament.

Government and Communities Collaborate for Stronger Families

Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Ms Michelle Landry, today affirmed the Coalition Government’s commitment to supporting children, families and local communities at today’s Family and Relationships Services Australia Conference in Cairns, Queensland.