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 Caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (ATSI)

Child Placement Principle

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child placement principle

  1. The objective of the principle is to maintain a connection with family and culture for Aboriginal children and Torres Strait islander children who are the subject of placement arrangements.
  2. In making  a decision about the placement of an Aboriginal child or Torres Strait Islander child, a principle to be observed is that any placement of the child must be considered as far as is practicable in the following order of priority:
    • Placement with a member of the child’s family (kin);
    • Placement with a person who is an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander in the child’s community in accordance with local customary practice (kith);
    • Placement with a person who is an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander;
    • Placement with a person who is not an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander but who, in the opinion of the CEO, is sensitive to the needs of the child and capable of promoting the child’s ongoing affiliation with the child’s culture, and where possible, the child’s family.

Principle of self-determination
In the administration of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 a principle to be observed is that Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders should be allowed to participate in the protection and care of their children with as much self-determination as possible.

Principle of community participation
In the administration of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 a principle to be observed is that a kinship group, community or representative organisation of Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders should be given where appropriate, an opportunity and assistance to participate in decision-making processes under this Act that are likely to have a significant impact on the life of a child who is a member of, or represented by, the group, community or organisation.


Recognised entities (agencies approved for consultation)

Armadale Noongar Corporation
24 hours, 7 days per week
Telephone: (08) 9495 4032
Facsimile: (08) 9497 5530
Email: russ.anc@bigpond.net.au

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Telephone: (08) 9321 9090
Facsimile: (08) 9321 9019 

Ebenezer Home
9am to 5pm on mobile numbers listed below:
Francine Riches (Davey): 0433 130 851
Harley Hayward: 0419 661 162
Facsimile: (08) 9440 1738


Support agencies

Aboriginal Legal Service – (08) 9265 6666
Lawyers provide legal advice and representation.

Anglicare – (08) 9263 2000
Provides assistance for families, children, young people, the aged, the unemployed and the homeless as well as working with Indigenous families to overcome disadvantage

Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet (web resource) – (08) 9370 6109
Provides online Aboriginal health information.

Best Start for Aboriginal Families
Best Start is a service for Aboriginal children from birth to five years which aims to improve their life opportunities. Projects and activities are provided to enhance their health, education and social and cultural development. These services are located in rural, remote and metropolitan areas.
Armadale - (08) 9497 6555
Mandurah - (08) 9535 6688
Midland - (08) 9274 9411

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service
Medical services, Stolen Generations Bringing Them Home Program, Child & Maternal Health, Medical, Dental.
East Perth – (08) 9421 3888
Maddington – (08) 9452 5333
Mirrabooka – (08) 9344 0444

Early Childhood Services

  • City of Armadale
    Activities provided include immunisation clinics, healthy eating, school holiday programs, exercise programs for parents, early literacy, reading programs, playgroup and grandparents’ playgroup, drop-in day, protective behaviours and other programs responding to local needs
  • Djooraminda Indigenous Children Centrecare Corporate - (08) 9325 6644 
    The group provides outreach services and support for children and families and runs the Gurlongga Art and Play therapy program, which is used to support and assist children’s behaviour issues, particularly those with grief and loss issues. A children’s cultural camp is run to strengthen/build cultural ties.
  • Gurlongga Njininj Child Care Centre -  (08) 9228 2428 
    Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Service (MACS).  Provides a culturally appropriate early childhood service to meet the social and developmental needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children.  Care provided may include long-day care, playgroups, outside-school-hours care, vacation care and cultural programs
  • Kulunga’s Playgroup  -  (08) 9300 0340
    The Patricia Giles Centre runs a playgroup for Indigenous families in the Wanneroo and Joondalup region. The playgroups receive support through the Coorrt Coolonga program. The Coorrt Coolong program is an Aboriginal early support service for families with children aged 0-3.

Ngala Community Services Inc – (08) 9368 9368
This community service provides babies’ and children’s care, health and nutrition, positive parenting skills, early learning literacy and education, knowledge about child development, and building children’s self esteem. 

Indigenous Psychological Services (IPS) – (08) 9362 2036
Provides training and resources.

Yorganup Aboriginal Child Care Agency - (08) 9321 9022
Placement programs for Aboriginal children from Indigenous backgrounds. Programs include a Tracing Service, Counselling/Mediation.

Yorgum - (08) 9218 9477 or (08) 9221 2733
Aims to offer Aboriginal people an autonomous Aboriginal specific community based counselling and referral service.  Programs include Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Service, Family Violence Program (children witnessing family violence, Counselling, Building Solid Families Program (State Link-Up Service).

Department of Education and Training - (08) 9264 4111

  • Aboriginal Kindergartens 
  • Homework Centres 
  • Indigenous Education Programmes Provider Guidelines 2005-2008 Indigenous 
  • Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) 
  • Indigenous Youth Mobility Programme 
  • Parent School Partnerships Initiative 
  • Positive Self-Identity for Indigenous Students and Its Relationship to School Outcomes 
  • Sporting Chance Programme: School-Based Sports Academies 
  • ‘What Works’ initiative
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