Family Matters Report 2021

Congratulations on the 2021 Family Matters report, and thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak about what is a critically important issue – the ongoing overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care. The Federal Government shares your concerns, because these statistics are unacceptable – it’s as simple as that.

SNAICC Conference 2021

On behalf of the Federal Government, I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank SNAICC. Your support, your leadership, your guidance and your advice has been invaluable. As I reflect on another COVID-ravaged year, together we have secured some promising achievements. Because we all know, of course, that despite the ongoing obstacles of a global pandemic, that we need to get on with the job.

Northern Territory Tripartite Forum 2021

As we approach the end of another COVID-challenged year, on behalf of the Federal Government, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Forum members for your ongoing dedication and hard work, on behalf of children and their families who call the Territory home. Despite the pandemic, together we have made encouraging progress this year.

THRIVE National Permanency Conference 2021

The National Permanency Conferences are so important. These remain a crucial opportunity for all of us to affirm our absolute commitment to doing what we can to ensure that every child in care across Australia can belong in a family that is safe, loving, stable and permanent.

2021 National Child Protection Week (5-11 September)

I’ve had the honour of being the Assistant Minister for Children and Families for the past three years. And what is very clear is that protecting our kids, including those who are among our most vulnerable and disadvantaged, is everyone’s business.

National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing Meeting

Well, what an incredibly difficult time our nation has endured over the past 18 months. A once-in-a-century global pandemic, lockdowns, border closures, financial pressures – unfortunately COVID-19 continues to present enormous challenges for millions of Australian families, and their children.

4th National Child Protection Forum 2021

As the Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families, I’m pleased to say that there is a lot of important work currently underway when it comes to protecting Australia’s most vulnerable kids.

Bravehearts Ball 2021

There’s no doubt that in child safety the challenges remain huge, but good things are happening. And that’s why occasions like this are so important.

Northern Territory Tripartite Forum

We have a real opportunity to build on the momentum that we’ve secured so far when it comes to our aim to strengthen child safety across the nation, and this Forum will be front-and centre of these efforts – especially in the Territory.

Family Matters 2020 Report

Today of course, is a very important occasion and I’m pleased to be a part of the launch of SNAICC’s Family Matters Report for 2020. On behalf of the Morrison Government, I would like to commend SNAICC for their ongoing leadership over the past 40 years in providing an effective voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Adopt Change - Virtual National Permanency Conference

This of course, is the fourth time that we’ve had the Permanency Conference and I must say congratulations to Adopt Change, and especially Renee Carter, for the huge amount of work that has gone into moving this year’s event into an online format. These are important events, because they were set up in response to the historic agreement by federal, state and territory Ministers in 2017 to improve permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care.

Address to the Northern Territory Tripartite Forum

I want to recognise the Chair of the Tripartite Forum, Donna Ah Chee for hosting us, and I am also very pleased that my colleague Ken Wyatt, our Minister for Indigenous Australians, was able to say a few words and join us today.

Daniel Morcombe Foundation 15th Annual Gala Dinner Dance - Dance for Daniel

We are here to show our support for this tremendous Foundation that Bruce and Denise Morcombe established, as an enduring legacy for their beautiful son Daniel.

Child Aware 2020 and National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing annual meeting

We are all here because of our shared commitment to strengthen and secure the safety and wellbeing of our nation’s children. I am especially looking forward to the Young People’s Panel, and hearing their views on how we can enhance the contributions of our youth during the development of policies which impact their lives.

Families Australia workshop on the future of national child and family wellbeing policy

This workshop today will help guide our approach as we move beyond the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children at the end of this year, towards the next children’s strategy.

Simple Adoption Report

The report being launched this morning – Belonging in Two Families – is the latest in a series of Adopt Change research reports which have helped draw attention to a fundamental need for children, not just here in Australia but the world over.

Family and Relationship Services Australia 2019 National Conference - New Horizons: Building the future, Paving the way

We know that well-functioning families are vital to our wellbeing as a nation, both socially and economically. We know that families, in all their forms, are critical for our children to grow up happy and healthy. It’s so important that if families are doing it tough, that they have access to the assistance and services that they need to get back on their feet.

Fourth Action Plan Launch

The launch of the Fourth Action Plan is the next critical step in improving the way we, as a nation, care for and protect Australia’s children. The Fourth Action Plan will further build the foundations and evidence base that will enable us to continue to improve outcomes for Australia’s children and young people beyond 2020.

Launch of the 1800RESPECT Sunny mobile app for women with disability

This new app is an innovative and important tool, tailored specifically to assist women with disabilities to recognise violence and abuse, understand their rights, and take action to ensure their safety.

Adopt Change event: Australian commitment to permanency for children and young people

Ensuring children’s safety and wellbeing is a major driver of national permanency reform. Every child deserves a secure and happy childhood and a chance to have their brightest possible future.