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Media Releases

Read our media releases for the latest news about our programs in Australia and overseas, our current humanitarian response efforts and activities in the community.

Latest Media Releases

19/08/2018
World Humanitarian Day 2018
As the global aid community marks Word Humanitarian Day, Save the Children Australia has joined a worldwide call to protect civilians in conflict, including aid workers.

17/08/2018
120,000 books on sale at the 55th annual Save the Children UWA Branch book sale
The annual Save the Children UWA Branch book sale starts today!

10/08/2018
Dozens of young children among the dead in Saada attack
Save the Children calls for immediate and independent investigation into recent attacks on civilians.

9/08/2018
Save the Children raises concerns for Indonesians on earthquake-devastated Lombok
Save the Children and its partner organisation raise concerns for Indonesians in isolated makeshift camps on earthquake-devastated Lombok.

7/08/2018
Programming the future launches in Dubbo
Programming the Future is a joint project of Save the Children Australia and Dubbo Regional Council to deliver digital skills to local children and young people.

26/07/2018
Save the Children to respond to catastrophic damn collapse in Laos
Save the Children staff in Laos are preparing an emergency response after at least 10 people were killed and hundreds more left missing when a dam collapsed in the south of the country. 

19/07/2018
Time to end the uncertainty for 124 children still languishing on Nauru
Exactly five years since the Australian Government started to detain asylum seekers on Nauru, 124 children still languish indefinitely on the tiny Pacific island with little hope for the future, warns Save the Children.

09/07/2018
Mosul’s children haunted by constant fear and intense sorrow a year after the city was retaken from ISIS
A year since ISIS was expelled from Mosul, the city’s children are living in near constant fear for their lives, and are often reliving memories of devastation, displacement, bombing and extreme violence, a new report from Save the Children reveals.

05/07/2018
Save the Children commemorates NAIDOC Week 2018: Because of her, we can!
Save the Children is proud to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 and recognise the invaluable ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made to Australian families and communities across generations. 

02/07/2018
Save the children calls for urgent scale up of education programming for Rohingya children 
Save the Children is calling for an urgent and significant scale up of education programming for Rohingya children living in Bangladesh’s overcrowded refugee camps, ahead of the UN leadership’s most high-profile visit to Cox’s Bazar to date.

29/06/2018
Report confirms dramatic increase in children affected by conflict, as school bombed in Syria 
A Save the Children-supported school in Dara’a, Syria was badly damaged this week after being hit in an airstrike. Classes in the 536 capacity school were suspended, due to escalating violence, only hours before

15/06/2018
Save the Children calls for new approach to refugee resettlement in Refugee Week
In the lead up to Refugee Week, Save the Children Australia is calling on the Australian Government and the Australian community to embrace innovative ways to tackle the global refugee crisis.

14/06/2018
Hodeidah port attack
An estimated 300,000 children stuck in Hodeidah city are risk of being killed or maimed by the fighting. Families and children could be caught in the crossfire, unable to leave but in grave danger from bombs and bullets if they stay, trapped beyond the reach of humanitarian aid or medical care.

5/06/2018
IKEA Foundation grant
Save the Children welcomes the continued support of the IKEA Foundation which this week announced an €8 million global grant (more than AUD$12 million) to train aid workers

5/06/2018
A mental health crisis for Gazan children
Feelings of depression, hyperactivity, a preference for being alone, and aggression were reported by 95 per cent of children in Gaza, new research released by Save the Children has shown.

22/05/2018
Youth Frontiers calls for volunteers
It’s National Volunteer Week and Save the Children is asking locals in Murrumbidgee to give back to the community by becoming mentors for the recently launched Youth Frontiers program.

16/05/2018
Save the Children calls on all parties to show restraint in Gaza
Save the Children is urging all parties to show restraint and urge all protests to remain peaceful following another devastating day for the children of Gaza.

15/05/2018
Save the Children Kindergarten reopens in Mooroopna
Save the Children Australia’s Mooroopna Kindergarten renovation is complete! 

10/05/2018
Global partnership delivers Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program
Announced today, the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program aims to promote healthy lifestyles and address obesity in Australia by bringing nutrition education, active play and fresh foods to at-risk children and their families.

8/05/2018
Federal Budget 2018-2019 Response: 2018-19 Budget fails to guarantee an increase in aid for most vulnerable
The 2018-19 Federal Budget is a missed opportunity for Australia to fulfil its commitment to help ensure the poorest children in our nation and overseas are not being left further behind.

3/05/2018
Youth Partnership Project wins gong at Community Services Excellence Awards, WA
The Youth Partnership Project, supported by Save the Children, took out the category for outstanding commitment to collaborative place-based service or solutions at the WA Community Services Excellence Awards.

3/05/2018
Tens of thousands of Somalis displaced by deadly flash flooding as heavy rains continue. Almost half a million affected
Somali families displaced by drought and near-famine conditions last year are now on the move again, with catastrophic flash flooding forcing 175,000* people out of their homes, leaving them more vulnerable to malnutrition and diseases such as Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) and cholera.

20/04/2018
How to Create a Child Safe Organisation – child protection partnership launches 2018 Child Safety Toolkit
A tool will be launched this week to help schools and other organisations involved with kids understand the practical steps they can take to provide safe places for children. 

19/04/2018
New initiative aims to foster Australian community spirit in welcoming refugees ‚Äč
Launched today, the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) is calling on government to create a system that allows the generosity of ordinary Australians to flourish, welcoming refugees into our communities.

22/03/2018
Brighter future for Gippsland
The latest Wellbeing of Children and Young People Report shows that East Gippsland children are less vulnerable in 2015 than in 2012, but there is still more work to do to ensure our region's children have the best start in life.

16/03/2018
Australian Prime Minister must seek a solution to the Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit
Save the Children is calling for the Australian government to use the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney this weekend to push for a regional solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis – described by the UN as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

15/03/2018
9,000 children out of school in PNG because of devastating quakes

Save the Children is warning up to 9,000 school-aged children risk having their education ruined or severely disrupted because of the devastating earthquake in PNG nearly two weeks ago.

27/02/2018
Youth Frontiers mentoring
Children aged 12 to 16 from Murrumbidgee, Far West and Western NSW will be matched with local volunteer adult mentors and work collaboratively on a community project of their own choosing.

13/02/2018
Reform child protection
Save the Children is urging the Federal, State and Territory Governments to work genuinely with Aboriginal communities in the Closing the Gap refresh process to institute a national target to reduce the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in out of home care.

12/02/2018
Empowering families in Dampier
Families in the Dampier Peninsular will get a boost to children's services through a partnership between Save the Children Australia and Aarnja Empowered Communities.

25/01/2018
Afghanistan attack condemned
It is with profound sadness that we can confirm three Save the Children staff members were killed on Wednesday in an attack on our office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. All other staff have been safely rescued from the office. Four were injured in the attack and are receiving medical treatment.

21/12/2017
Rohingya winter warning
Rohingya children in the camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh urgently need warm clothes and blankets as overnight temperatures drop with the onset of winter, Save the Children is warning.

15/12/2017
Royal commission findings
Save the Children Australia welcomes the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and calls for urgent resourcing and funding to implement the recommendations.

14/12/2017
Deadly diphtheria in Rohingya
Save the Children health workers are on high alert for cases of the deadly disease diphtheria, which has so far claimed the lives of at least 15 Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh.

13/12/2017
Child wise merger
Save the Children Australia and Child Wise have today announced their intent to merge. Child Wise is one of Australia's leading not-for-profit child protection and child safeguarding agencies.

12/12/2017
Solomon islands CRC report
Save the Children has submitted a landmark report highlighting the opportunities and challenges children face growing up across the Solomon Islands.

8/12/2017
Orphanage tourism modern slavery
Save the Children Australia welcomes the news that orphanage tourism will be included within the modern slavery definition.

30/11/2017
Thousands evacuated in Bali
The number of evacuees from the base of Mt Agung in Bali is growing as the volcano continues to erupt, raising concerns that children may be separated from parents.

30/11/2017
Children with disabilities
Save the Children is celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities and rallying to raise awareness for women and girls with disabilities who live in developing countries and face the triple discrimination of gender, poverty and disability.

23/11/2017
Foreign Policy White Paper
Save the Children welcomes the Australian Government’s commitment to promoting prosperity, security and peace in the Indo-Pacific region, outlined in its Foreign Policy White Paper, and its recognition of the role of overseas aid in achieving these aims.

17/11/2017
NT Royal Commission
Save the Children Australia is calling for urgent and collective action to prevent children from being exposed to the serious harm inflicted at the Don Dale Detention Centre.

17/11/2017
Rohingya children testimonies
Save the Children urges foreign ministers at Myanmar meeting to step up pressure to end violence.

13/11/2017
ABC joint Rohingya appeal
Save the Children Australia has today welcomed the launch of the ABC’s joint appeal with humanitarian agencies to support the escalating Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh.

3/11/2017
Children dying from pneumonia
Nearly one million children a year are dying from pneumonia even though it can be treated with antibiotics costing as little as 52 cents, Save the Children reveals today.

25/10/2017
Bush kinder teacher award
An inspiring teacher working with Save the Children Australia has been named Early Childhood Teacher of the Year at this week's Victorian Early Years Awards.

24/10/2017
Funding for volcano crisis
Save the Children Australia has today welcomed $400,000 of Australian Government funding to help manage the aftermath of the Ambae volcano evacuation in Vanuatu, as part of the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP).

23/10/2017
Funding for Rohingya
Save the Children has welcomed an Australian Government announcement of a further $10 million in funds to help aid agencies respond to the growing humanitarian crisis on Bangladesh's border with Myanmar.

5/10/2017
Malnutrition in Rohingya
Save the Children is warning of a malnutrition crisis in the Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar, where more than half a million Rohingya have arrived in the past six weeks after fleeing horrific violence and bloodshed over the border in Myanmar.

3/10/2017
Vanuatu volcano emergency
A volcano on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island continues to erupt rocks and ash, as Save the Children staff help authorities evacuate the last residents.

27/9/2017
Refugees depart Nauru for US
After more than four, long years, Save the Children welcomes reports that at least 27 refugees on Nauru may finally have the chance to resettle in the United States.

21/9/2017
Protecting displaced children
A coalition of NGOs is calling on the Australian Government to lead the way in protecting child refugees and migrants, when two ground-breaking compacts are discussed at the United Nations General Assembly this week.

19/9/2017
New funding for Rohingya
Save the Children applauds today's announcement by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of up to $15 million funding to be released to aid displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh.

14/9/2017
Greater government leadership
Save the Children is seeking greater leadership from the federal government to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care.

1/9/2017
South Asia flood risk
At least 18,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed by South Asia’s worst flooding in years, which is putting children’s education and long-term wellbeing at risk, warns Save the Children.

28/8/2017
Alarm at return to Nauru
The child rights agency that formerly supported children and families on Nauru, Save the Children, has expressed alarm at the prospect of asylum seeker and refugee children living in Australia being returned to Nauru.

24/8/2017
Cameron challenges government
Save the Children has today applauded one of its youth ambassadors for challenging a government decision to exclude 16- and 17 year-olds from participating in the same-sex marriage postal ballot.

23/8/2017
Marawi three months on
Three months on from the deadly siege in the southern Philippine city of Marawi, tens of thousands of children continue to face a grim daily struggle since first escaping the violence.

19/8/2017
Food-insecure countries
Save the Children warns that the ability of aid agencies to respond effectively to the hunger crisis threatening millions of lives in four countries is being heavily impacted by violence directed at frontline humanitarian workers, leaving vulnerable communities at increased risk of starvation.

4/8/2017
First 1000 Days Australia
Save the Children and the University of Melbourne have joined forces to create a transformational change program with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples called First 1000 Days Australia.

22/3/2017
Brighter future for Gippsland
The latest Wellbeing of Children and Young People Report shows that East Gippsland children are less vulnerable in 2015 than in 2012, but there is still more work to do to ensure our region's children have the best start in life.

1/3/2017
Funding for East Africa
Save the Children welcomes today's $20 million announcement by the Australian Government to help tackle extreme hunger in Somalia and South Sudan where famine has been declared in parts of the country.

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