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9 December 2022 - 8:00 am To 23 February 2023 - 5:00 pm

Developing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan

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Developing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan

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The Australian Government has committed to the development of a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan (Action Plan) under the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022 – 2032.

The Department is working in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council on family, domestic and sexual violence (Advisory Council), to develop the Action Plan to ensure the voices and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are at the centre of all efforts to end family violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Advisory Council consists of 16 recognised and respected First Nations leaders from a wide range of backgrounds that work directly in, or intersect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family safety.

The Action Plan will deliver a mix of short-term actions to address immediate family and safety needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and will, serves as an interim measure while the standalone First Nations National Plan for family safety is developed. The Action Plan will also support the Government’s commitment to Target 13 of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

As a first step, to lay the foundations in the development of the Action Plan, the Action Plan Framework (Framework) has been developed by the Advisory Council. The Framework can be found within the Consultation Guide on page 5.

This survey seeks your input on topics being considered for the Action Plan and your views on the foundations the Framework provides. The survey should be completed after reading the consultation guide.

Consultation Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a submission?

The survey is made up of both multiple choice and free text questions, and is tailored to whether you are responding as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. No questions in the survey are mandatory, so please only answer questions you feel comfortable to do so.

If you wish to upload a submission in addition to responding to the survey, you can do this at the end of the survey. Please provide feedback on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan Framework (page 5 of the attached Consultation Guide). You may wish to consider the following topics in your submission:

  • Drivers and reinforcing factors of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children
  • Primary prevention
  • Working with men and boys
  • Healing from trauma
  • Needs of different groups
  • Improving justice responses
  • The specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • Community-controlled solutions

The survey and option for submissions close 23 February 2023.

If you need assistance

Family, domestic and sexual violence can be difficult topics to discuss and your safety and wellbeing is important. If you or someone you know needs help or support at any time, contact one of the below services:

  • In an emergency call Triple Zero (000)
  • 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) for family, domestic and sexual violence matters
  • Lifeline 13 11 14 for crisis support and suicide prevention
  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 for support with anxiety, depression and suicide prevention
  • MensLine 1300 789 978 for support for men with family and relationship concerns
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Well Mob for social, emotional and cultural well-being online resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • 13YARN (139 276), for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping
  • Thirrili Postvention Response Service 1800 805 801, for individuals, families and communities affected by suicide or other significant trauma.

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