Policy frameworks

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National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020 (The National Framework)

The National Framework is an ambitious, long‑term approach to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Australia's children and aims to deliver a substantial and sustained reduction in levels of child abuse and neglect over time. The National Framework outlines specific objectives and initiatives relating to improving the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Closing The Gap in Indigenous Disadvantage

This national, integrated strategy has been agreed through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia, to "close the gap" on Indigenous disadvantage. The strategy focuses on areas ("building blocks") such as early childhood, health, housing, governance, education and employment. Specific timeframes have been proposed to achieve targets relating to Indigenous life expectancy, infant mortality, early childhood development, education and employment.

The Closing the Gap Clearinghouse and Indigenous.gov.au are examples of activities initiated under the Closing the Gap strategy. Both websites (listed below) provide resources to support organisations to help achieve the objectives of the strategy.

Aboriginal Cultural Competence Framework 2008

This paper documents the Victorian Government’s commitment to provide quality services for Aboriginal children and families. It describes the understandings, principles and service related contexts that underpin the Aboriginal child and family services delivery system in Victoria.