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The National Aboriginal Child Safety and Domestic Violence Summit 2023: Strong Families, Safer Children

29 - 31 March 2023 - Adelaide, South Australia
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KWY Summit 2023

That’s a wrap!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at KWY’s National Aboriginal Child Safety and Domestic Violence Summit 2023: Strong Families, Safer Children in Adelaide. KWY hosted over 220 attendees and an additional 30 speakers from across Australia.  


The National Summit united exceptional guest speakers from across the country, who brought together their diverse perspectives to tackle one of the most critical issues facing our nation today - the safety of our children. It stimulates new and innovative pathways to address the national issue of child safety, domestic and Aboriginal family violence across Australia. Together, we explored innovative pathways to address these challenges, paving the way for a brighter, safer future for all Australians. Overall, the Summit provided an important platform for meaningful dialogue and collaboration towards improving the lives and outcomes of Aboriginal children and families. 

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Some key highlights from the National Summit 2023 include: 

  • Day one started with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country by Uncle Moogy Sumner and Isaac Hannam. 

  • The Honourable Amanda Rishworth committed to ongoing partnerships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.  

  • The Honourable Minister Katrine Hildyard and The Honourable Minister Nat Cook committed to a lock in of 30% of current funding to be allocated to the SA ACCOs. 

  • Minister Hildyard shared that the South Australian Child Protection Act is being reviewed and declared that a new legislation will be introduced into parliament this year. 

  • Commissioner for First Nations Voice Dale Agius walked us through South Australia’s journey to become the first jurisdiction in the country to set up an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. 

  • SNAICC discussed their Stronger ACCO’s, Stronger Families – an initiative identifying the strengths, opportunities, needs and barriers of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations (ACCOs) in delivering Commonwealth-funded child and family services.    

  • eSafety Commission introduced Be Deadly Online – sharing a statistic that in 2015 Domestic and Family Violence frontline workers said 98% of their clients experienced technology-facilitated abuse. 

  • No To Violence introduced their Southern Cross Model and discussed Yarning Two Ways initiative – a collaborative dialogue which supports, listens and holds men accountable for their use of family violence.  

  • Stan Grant joined us, speaking about race and shared the term ‘racecraft’ coined by Barbara and Karen Fields. Stan raised their notion that racism creates race, race doesn’t exist until the racist idea creates race. 

FOCUS Awards Gala Dinner

The Flame of Change Unifying Support (FOCUS) Awards and Gala Dinner was held on 31st March 2023. The FOCUS Awards showcase the work of individuals and organisations that work in the domestic and family violence, child protection and homelessness sectors. 

We are pleased to announce the winners of the FOCUS Awards for 2023 below.

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Stay tuned for the next Summit!

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Partnership packages are all allocated now, click below to register your interest as a Partner for the 2024 Summit

With sincere gratitude, KWY would like to acknowledge and thank the following organisations for their generous support as our Summit sponsorship partners

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