Foster Care Week is celebrated in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia from 11-17 September. We are both humbled and amazed by the enormous contribution of our village of carers who open their homes, their hearts and their lives giving back to the community so selflessly.
Diverse network supports “Yes”
OzChild are proud to announce we have joined a diverse network of organisations in support and partnership with Reconciliation Australia (RAP) for a Voice to Parliament and a “yes” vote in the Referendum.
The network in question includes a wide range of businesses, organisations, banks, and unions who have collectively agreed on the proposed statement.
The group includes the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Life Without Barriers, Independent Education Union, Public Health Association of Australia, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Goodstart Early Learning, Wesfarmers, Fremantle Football Club, National Rugby League, Fujitsu Australia Limited, Origin Energy, Federation University and Transgrid among many others.
If successful, the Voice will provide a permanent means to advise the Australian Parliament and Government on the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on matters that affect them.
As an organisation, we are committed to continuously advocate for and enable self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For better responses to complex challenges, including the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the child protection and justice systems.
More than 70 organisations are members of a network of 2,450 organisations with a RAP.
“There are few times in Australian history when such a diverse group of organisations representing some very disparate interests have come together to support a particular goal”said Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine
While the referendum date is yet to be announced, some sources say it may occur between late September and December. For many, this vote has been a long-time coming.
“In 2000 our predecessor, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation called for a referendum for constitutional recognition and stressed the critical importance of a greater First Nations voice in decisions that impact us”said Ms Mundine
Child maltreatment is a pervasive issue that casts a long, dark shadow over the lives of countless young Australians. It’s a problem that transcends social, economic, and cultural boundaries, leaving a lasting impact on victims and society as a whole.
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