Aboriginal Children's Commissioner

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will appoint an Assistant Commissioner for Aboriginal Children.

The Problem

There remains a disproportionate representation of Aboriginal children in child protection.

In South Australia, 37% of all children admitted to care and protection orders in 2015-16 were Aboriginal children.

Aboriginal children comprised more than 32% of all those on care and protection orders.

A series of inquiries in South Australia, including the Nyland Royal Commission in 2016 and the Mulligan report in 2008, identified the extent of Aboriginal child sex abuse, child abuse and neglect, and also education issues, youth crime and substance abuse.

During the Nyland Royal Commission, aboriginal organisations sought the appointment of a commissioner with specific responsibilities for aboriginal children.

Victoria has had such a commissioner since 2013 but the Weatherill Government refused to make such an appointment in its response to the Nyland Royal Commission.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will appoint an Assistant Commissioner for Aboriginal Children.

The position will be established within the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People.

The Assistant Commissioner will focus on assisting Aboriginal families and communities to keep children safe in culturally appropriate ways.

We must do much more to deal with the poor outcomes for Aboriginal children in child protection, education, health and justice.

The Assistant Commissioner will develop policies and practices that promote the safety and well-being of Aboriginal children.

We will amend the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act to make this appointment.