Wungurilwil Gapgapduir Aboriginal Children and Families Agreement
On 26 April 2018 Wungurilwil Gapgapduir was launched at Parliament House Melbourne. This is the name given to the new Aboriginal Children and Families Agreement Strategic Action Plan which is a partnership between the Victorian Government, Victorian Aboriginal communities and the child and family services sector. Wungurilwil Gapgapduir are the Latji Latji words for “strong families”.
A large number of leaders from Aboriginal communities and the child and family services sector were present for the launch which began with a traditional smoking ceremony on the steps of Parliament House.
The strategic action plan identifies the three-year priority areas of focus to ensure that all Aboriginal children and young people are safe, resilient, thriving and living in culturally rich, strong Aboriginal families and communities. The Agreement outlines a collective responsibility to further develop a strong service system. It is committed to building resilient communities at local, regional and statewide levels. The Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, announced at the launch that the agreement will be backed by the Government
in next week’s Budget with a commitment of $47 M over the next four years.