Closing the Gap - Expanding Link Up services for the Stolen Generations

Closing the Gap - Expanding Link Up services for the Stolen Generations

Department of Health and Ageing

Key Elements

The Australian Government will commit $13.8 million over three years to support members of the Stolen Generations and their descendants. Families and communities affected by past government policies of forcible removal and practices will benefit from this initiative.

To strengthen the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders the funding will provide:

  • up to 140 Return to Country or Institutional reunions; and 
  • additional case workers, together with the administrative support needed to address a critical backlog in Link Up services.

Funding is also included to improve the preservation of and access to records for family tracing and reunions.

This new funding for Link Up services to organise “Return to Country” and institutional reunions addresses Recommendation 11 of the Bringing Them Home Report 1997.

Background

This measure will address Recommendation 11 of the Bringing Them Home Report, the 1997 National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families. This measure will increase the number of reunions until the end of the measure in 2012.

The measure will complement the additional $15.7 million over four years provided to Bringing Them Home Counsellors and Link Up services in the 2008-09 Budget.

Implementation

This initiative commences on 1 July 2009 and concludes on 30 June 2012.

Total Government Funding

The Government is committing $13.8 million over three years to this measure.

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