The Turnbull-Joyce Coalition Government has announced an additional $1,362,148 will be provided to Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit through to June 2018.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the funding came out of the $92.7 million the Coalition had allocated over four years to 30 June 2018 to ensure such legal services continued their important work.
“The Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit provides critical work to support First Australians living in Lingiari who are the victims of family violence,” Minister Scullion said.
“This additional funding will give it the certainty to make staffing decisions and plan how best to keep delivering this vital service for our local Indigenous community.”
Minister Scullion said that the Coalition was investing $25 million in a separate package of measures to reduce the violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
“Violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children has a devastating impact on communities and families,” Minister Scullion said.
“Indigenous women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised because of family violence than non-Indigenous women. Indigenous children are more than five times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be hospitalised for assault and eight times more likely to experience child abuse or neglect.
“To address these shocking statistics, the issue of violence in Indigenous communities has been highlighted as a national priority under the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
“The $25 million package of additional measures will help frontline services to intervene early to prevent violence from occurring, while also addressing the drivers of violence in Indigenous communities.”
Further details on the $25 million package of measures are available here.