Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    $20 million contract to help keep WA Aboriginal children out of care

    1/02/2018 6:00 AM
    • Early intervention for Aboriginal families, providing support to divert them away from the care system
    • Wungening Aboriginal Corporation secures contract for Aboriginal In-home Support Service 

    With a strong commitment to addressing the rising number of Aboriginal children in care, the McGowan Government has announced the successful $20 million tender to provide Aboriginal in-home support services.


    A consortium of four Noongar Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) has won the contract. The Wungening Aboriginal Corporation will be the lead agency with Ebenezer Home, Moorditj Koort and Coolabaroo Community Services also providing specialist services.


    The Aboriginal in-home support services include:

    • Guiding and mentoring parents on managing the day-to-day tasks in the home;
    • Meeting the child's needs and keeping the family safe together;
    • Developing routines so parents regularly get their children to school; 
    • Addressing alcohol and drug issues, the impacts of intergenerational trauma, and homelessness; and
    • Improving the family's connection with their community and culture. 

    The Aboriginal In-home Support Service will be established in four locations in the metropolitan area - Mirrabooka/Joondalup, Cannington/Armadale, Perth/Midland and Fremantle/Rockingham.


    Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk:


    "The State Government has been working closely with the Aboriginal community to develop this service to make sure it was something they wanted, felt comfortable with and addressed their needs.


    "We strongly believe in having Aboriginal organisations lead this work - they are the experts. We can no longer keep making decisions on behalf of Aboriginal people; we will work alongside them.


    "The program works intensively in the homes of at-risk families, offering practical parenting support to help strengthen relationships, keep families together and divert children away from the care system.


    "This model is designed to drive significant change in vulnerable families and if we are able to achieve that in turn, we would reduce the number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.


    "Wungening Aboriginal Corporation has a wealth of experience responding specifically to the needs of the local Aboriginal community - I applaud them for their work. They are well-placed to take on this challenge."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600