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Commonwealth appoints new sponsor for Brisbane Aboriginal Child Protection Service.

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Hon Warren Truss MP

Minister for Community Services


4 December, 1998




The Brisbane Aboriginal Child Protection Service and the Koolyangarra Child Care cen tre at Dutton Park will remain open following the announcement today of Federal Community Services Minister Warren Truss to appoint a new management body.


The decision was made following a joint Commonwealth-State decision to cease funding for the Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Agency (AICCA). The AICCA was in serious financial difficulty and had refused to comply with stringent audit requirements.


The new managers, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation (QEA) for Legal Services, will take over the operation of the child protection service and the child care centre immediately.


“Continuity of care for children and families is a priority of the Federal Coalition Government,” Mr Truss said.


‘With the new arrangements we can be sure that there will be no interruption to the care provided to the children affected the termination of funding to the AICCA.”


The Federal Department of Family and Community Services provides funding to a range of sponsors including church groups, parents’ and citizens’ associations and indigenous corporations to run and manage child care programs across Australia.


“My principal concern has been for the families affected by speculation surrounding the service’s future,” Mr Truss said.


“So, today I am very pleased to announce that the Aboriginal child protection service and the Koolyangarra Child Care Centre will continue their commitment to children in their care.


“I am confident that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation (QEA) for Legal Services has the capacity to manage the child care programs concerned and I re-affirm the commitment of the Commonwealth Government to supporting the needs of indigenous children in Brisbane,” he said.




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