Families ACT is a peak body supporting organisations working with children, young people and families in the ACT and surrounding region.
Families ACT is a territory peak, not-for-profit, organisation which aims to represent the interests of children, young people and families and the continuum of services which support them, in the ACT and surrounding region. We take a broad and inclusive view of what constitutes a family, and strive to improve the wellbeing of all families in the ACT and surrounding region.
LATEST NEWS / 05 June 2018
ACT Budget 2018-19: Modest gains in community services, but expectations remain high for action on housing affordability and homelessness
Families ACT is encouraged that Canberra's women’s refuges have received an urgent funding top-up in this year’s Budget, but disappointed that the community is still waiting for a fully-funded solution to the Territory’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis.
Families ACT Executive Officer Will Mollison welcomed the allocation of $6.5 million for accommodation for women and their children escaping violence. “This includes $100,000 each in secure, top-up funding for the Beryl, Doris and Toora refuges, which have been in crisis since they were hit with massive funding cuts in 2013,” Mr Mollison said. “The community sector looks forward to working with the Government to also develop new support programs for older women and for refugees and asylum seekers escaping domestic and family violence.”
Families ACT also welcomes the $2 million commitment for Our Booris, Our Way– an independent review of the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system. This must lead to an end to the alarming number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being removed from their families in the ACT.
We congratulate the Treasurer on bringing the Budget to surplus this year, but we are disappointed today’s Budget didn’t include more information about how the ACT Government will solve the Territory’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis.
The community sector has been waiting a year and a half for the ACT Government’s promised Housing Strategy, but more importantly, the people without a safe place to live, or who are experiencing severe housing stress, are also still waiting. This raises expectations for the delivery of a strong housing strategy in coming months that will deliver real relief to the Canberrans who need it.
We have to question the allocation of $2.2 million for developing and promoting the CBR brand, and $5 million to establish the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund. The fastest growing economy in Australia shouldn’t need a charitable fund. Making sure that every Canberran enjoys the ACT’s prosperity should be central to our brand.
Ultimately, putting money into services that need it is more urgent than balancing the books.
22 January 2018
Middle Years Forum II
Families ACT hosted its second Middle Years Forum on November 15, bringing together practitioners from the community sector, education, health and ACT Government to discuss the unique needs of children aged in their Middle Years, between eight and 12.
Keynote speaker Sharon Bessell, from the ANU's Crawford School of Public Policy, talked about her research into how Middle Years children conceptualise community, and what they need from the communities they live in.
Consultant psychologist Alasdair Roy spoke about his experience of visiting the Nordic countries as a Churchill Scholar, and his observations about how Sweden, Finland and Norway promote and protect children's rights.
Tim Moore of the Institute of Child Protection Studies discussed the experiences and needs of Middle Years children who care for family members.
Wendy Cave, the Principal of Macquarie Primary School, shared her observations of Middle Years children at her school, as they prepare for the tradition to high school.
Community Paediatrician Sue Packer talked about how children grow in their Middle Years, noting that they need room to take risks and make mistakes in order to grow.