Why we work in Australia
Australia has been ranked among the best places to live in the world for education, economic advantage and life expectancy1. But this opportunity doesn't translate for everyone.
More than 17% of Australian children still fall below the poverty line2. Surprisingly, many children don't have access to the basics of quality education and healthcare. There is an over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the juvenile justice system and institutional care. And there are not enough protection services for children and mothers who are experiencing family violence and abuse.
These inequalities can be true for children from all backgrounds. Yet it's migrant and refugee children who are often more marginalised than other Australian children because of social and language barriers. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can also be more likely to miss out on the same opportunities as other children, especially in communities still healing from a legacy of colonisation, the Stolen Generation and cultural disconnection.
Save the Children's work in Australia
Save the Children runs education and child protection programs in urban, regional and remote locations right around Australia. Regardless of where they live or their background, we are dedicated to supporting Australian children to reach their full potential.
Dumaji child & family centre
As part of its youth development and family support programs, the Dumaji Child and Family Centre, in remote far north Queensland, run a camp for local children and their families. Late last year, the camp took place at Adel’s Grove in Lawn Hill National Park – or Boodjamulla.
This camp is part of the Connected Beginnings and Ready Together programs; bringing families together, building social and emotional skills and encouraging new friendships in preparation for school. It also provides an opportunity for young families to relax, interact and share quality time with each other. But above all, this camp is about connecting the children with their country and their culture.