What will it take for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to live vibrant, joyful lives?

What will it take for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to live vibrant, joyful lives?

Richard Weston

This webinar will discuss SNAICC’s work in policy development and advocacy to help more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.

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This webinar is presented by Richard Weston, CEO, SNAICC – National Voice for our Children.

Richard Weston will discuss SNAICC’s work in policy development and advocacy to help more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children to have happy, healthy childhoods that set them up to have the best opportunity for a good life.

While the 16th biennial AIFS Conference has been postponed until June 2021 because of the pandemic, we are pleased to announce we are hosting webinar presentations by some of our keynote speakers as part of our “Families in Focus” program in the month of June.

Families have done a lot of the “heavy lifting” to adapt to rapidly changing social and economic conditions during the pandemic. We are interested in how families and individuals are experiencing these challenges and what we can learn about how to design better policy and service systems in the future.

We encourage you to test your system(link is external) before the webinar to make sure you can attend without experiencing technical difficulties


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About the presenters

Richard Weston

CEO, SNAICC – National Voice for our Children

Richard is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait. He has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for 25 years in a range of government and non-government roles. His most significant roles have come in the last 20 years as Chief Executive Officer at:

  • Maari Ma Health (Murdi Paaki Region, Far West NSW, 2000-09)
  • The Healing Foundation (Canberra, 2010-19)

His current CEO role is with Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC – National Voice for our Children), based in Melbourne, Vic. SNAICC is known for its influential policy work aimed at improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, its training and sector development resources and its leadership on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day and the biannual SNAICC Conferences (arguably the largest national Indigenous conference in Australia).

Other current roles:

  • a board member of Families Australia
  • one of SNAICC’s representatives on the Coalition of Peaks negotiating a partnership agreement with the Australian Government
  • Co-Chair of the Family Matters Campaign (to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care across Australia)
  • has been appointed by Minister Wyatt to the National Co-Design Group that will lead the co-design process for a national Indigenous voice and advise the government on preferred options for a voice to Parliament
  • SNAICC rep. on Early Childhood Education and Care Reference Group (Australian Department of Education).