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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

The role of the Commissioner for Children and Young People includes giving priority to, and having special regard to, the interests and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

For up to date information on the wellbeing of WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, refer to the Commissioner's Indicators of Wellbeing data resource.


Data insights - Aboriginal students' views on their wellbeing

A key finding in the Commissioner's 2019 Speaking Out Survey was that while Aboriginal students fared less well than non-Aboriginal students in terms of material needs, family stability and expectations for further education, they reported high self-esteem and sense of belonging.

Wyndham change-maker program

The Commissioner is working with the Wyndham Youth Aboriginal Corporation to address youth unemployment, stability and mental health issues, and appropriate youth-informed service provision.

Supporting Aboriginal-led solutions - Aboriginal forum

The key recommendations for action from the Aboriginal forum hosted by the Commissioner on 23 August 2018.

Summary report - Aboriginal forum

The summary report from the Aboriginal forum hosted by the Commissioner on 23 August 2018.


Submission to the Aboriginal office of advocacy and accountability discussion paper, August 2018

The Commissioner provided comment to the discussion paper on an office for advocacy and accountability in Aboriginal affairs in Western Australia.

Submission to Department of Premier and Cabinet - Close the Gap Refresh - Technical Submission, October 2018

The Commissioner provided a submission to the Close the Gap Refresh process.

Submission to the Director Liquor Control and Arbitration, November 2017

Inquiry into availability of packaged liquor in Karratha

Submission to Law Council Australia, September 2017

Discussion paper regarding The Justice Project - Children and Young People Consultation

More information

Young Aboriginal Leaders

The Commissioner supports Aboriginal children and young people to become leaders will strengthen communities across WA.

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