- Personal files containing Aboriginal family information have been transferred to the Aboriginal Family History Unit
- Will enable a more comprehensive family history service for the Aboriginal community
- Aligns with 23 of the 54 recommendations of the 20-year-old Bringing Them Home report
Personal files containing Aboriginal family information have been transferred from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs' Aboriginal Family History Unit.
The transfer coincides with the 20th anniversary of the release of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families report, known as the Bringing Them Home report.
The transfer aligns with 23 of the 54 recommendations of the report.
For more information, visit https://www.daa.wa.gov.au/community-development/ahru/
Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:
"This transfer is significant for Aboriginal people who have been impacted by past government policies, including the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families and communities.
"Family history was lost as a result of these practices, and we now know that having an improved understanding of family history can provide an opportunity to heal and reconcile with the past. The Aboriginal Family History Unit can now help facilitate that."
Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk:
"Understanding our own history is an important part of our identity. For too long there have been bureaucratic barriers and the one-stop-shop will make accessing records much easier.
"Having one place where people can access their family records will help those seeking to understand more about their family history and engage with their past."
Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 6600