Strengthening family and community partnerships in Central Australia

The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP
Minister for Social Services
Member for Kingston

The Hon Jason Clare MP
Acting Minister for Indigenous Australians
Member for Blaxland

Marion Scrymgour MP
Member for Lingiari

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER 2023

Strengthening family and community partnerships in Central Australia

The Albanese Labor Government is continuing to invest in community led-change, announcing a $30 million partnership over four years to support place-based initiatives in Regional and Remote Central Australia, targeted at strengthening family and community safety.

This measure delivers on the Government’s Better, Safer Future for Central Australia by establishing the Investing Families – Strengthening Families and Communities Partnership.

It will see regional planning and delivery approaches funded to address family and community needs through Central Australia, including Alice Springs as well as remote communities.

The measure builds on community consultation to date which highlighted the need for flexible funding models that can provide Community-led and responsive services in Central Australia, particularly for family and community safety.

Initiatives to be funded are anticipated to include:

  • Support for those impacted by family and domestic violence – Women’s safety support services and programs, which may include relocation support and men’s healing support services;
  • Prevention of family and domestic violence and other issues that go to supporting healthy relationships, self-esteem and self-respect – Respectful relationships education for children and youth, youth leadership strengthening programs including youth recreation and prevention programs, strength-based preventative interventions such as physical or speech therapy for children with disability, Men as Role Model programs and connection to culture;
  • Strengthening parents and families, including in the early years – Parenting and other related social supports including coordination of holistic supports for families with complex and multiple needs such as the approach being taken in the Improving Multidisciplinary Responses program, development of cooking and household management skills, grandmothers groups, mentoring pathways to young people and families and access to food security.

Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth said leveraging off the strengths and aspirations of communities would lead to better outcomes. 

“No one knows a community better than those people that live and breathe it every day,” Minister Rishworth said. 

“By adopting a strengths-based approach, we can support existing, or new programs and activities in Central Australia that align with community priorities.

“Through true community consultation and exploring flexible funding options, will we be able to address underlying disadvantage and improve outcomes for children and families.”

Acting Minister for Indigenous Australians Jason Clare said this is an important step in the rollout of the Government’s Better, Safer Future for Central Australia plan.

“We are investing in support for families and keeping communities safe,” Acting Minister for Indigenous Australians Jason Clare said.

“This was a priority identified by Aboriginal community leaders, and we’re acting on their advice.

“We will work closely with communities to fund projects and programs that will make a difference on the ground in Central Australia.”

Member for Lingiari Marion Scrymgour said building a family’s capacity through supportive programs is how we grow strong and safe communities.

“Supporting families experiencing family and domestic violence is fundamental in building the communities we want to live in. By ensuring the right services are available to families we reduce the harm that effects our children,” Ms Scrymgour said.

“It’s important to work with children in the early years to ensure they meet development milestones and grow up safe and supported.”