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Media Release

For Immediate Release – 21 September 2007

SNAICC statement from the third day of the 2007 SNAICC National Conference on the release of the Indigenous Child Care Services Plan.


Federal plan for culturally appropriate, quality Indigenous child care welcomed

“The federal government has taken a significant step in recognising the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s cultural needs in their development and well being,” Ms Muriel Bamblett, AM, Chairperson of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) said today.

“We welcome federal Indigenous Affairs Minister the Hon Mal Brough’s announcement at SNAICC’s National Conference today of the federal government’s Indigenous Child Care Services Plan,” she said. SNAICC’s three-day National Conference in Adelaide ends today.

“This plan recognises that culturally appropriate, quality early childhood services are important to meeting the cultural and development needs of Indigenous children.”

“Such services are instrumental to keeping Indigenous children connected to their community and their culture, and are not only places where Indigenous parents can have their children cared for while they participate in work, training or education.”

“By supporting the development of culturally appropriate early learning and child care services, the Plan will enhance Indigenous children’s access to and participation in services to promote their development, early learning, school readiness and participation in school. This will help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in Australia.”

“Since we first called for a national plan in 2003, SNAICC has been working with the federal government on the development of this plan, and we are pleased to see it come to fruition,” Ms Bamblett said.

“SNAICC also welcomes the emerging federal bi-partisanship over supporting Indigenous early childhood services, and calls for it to continue,” Ms Bamblett said.

“We note that the federal Opposition has already committed to matching the federal government’s spending to expand Indigenous early childhood services across the country, announced in the 2007 Budget. It was heartening to see the ALP’s first major policy release this year focused on supporting the developmental needs and improving the wellbeing of Indigenous children.”

SNAICC is the national non-government peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. Our members include Indigenous community-run early childhood services and child and family welfare services.

For media comment:

Ms Muriel Bamblett – SNAICC Chairperson (03) 9489 8099.

For media inquiries and information:

Mark Lawrence, SNAICC Conference Media Liaison: 03 9489 8099


You can download the full text pdf version of this media release here (60 KB)


Links and resources

More information on 2007 SNAICC Conference

Building a bi-partisan commitment to Indigenous children – 29 May 2007

SNAICC media statement on the Federal ALP's policy release on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and calling for bi-partisan effort to fully commit to what’s required and to go further.

Key Commitments Political Parties Must Make to Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children – Briefing Paper (October 2006)
SNAICC's pre-election briefing paper to inform the policy work of all the major political parties in federal parliament.

Media Statement by Indigenous Affairs Minister the Hon Mal Brough on the release of the Indigenous Child Care Services Plan – 21 September 07 (link to external website)


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