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Traditional Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices

The Queensland Government is taking historic, nation-leading steps to recognise traditional Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices in law.

The Queensland Government is committed to introducing new laws to recognise Torres Strait Islanders families’ continued use of traditional Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices.

Shared child rearing is a common and enduring Torres Strait Islander cultural practice. Generations of Torres Strait Islander children have been raised in supportive and loving extended family environments.

The Queensland Government has invested $1 million over three years to support the progress of this historic initiative.

This funding will support community consultations, including engaging Eminent Persons who will work closely with government and Torres Strait Islander communities to inform the development of a new law that recognises Torres Strait Islander families’ continued use of this cultural practice.

Eminent Persons

Three Eminent Persons have been engaged to provide legal, cultural and gender expertise during the complex and culturally sensitive consultations with Queensland’s Torres Strait Islander community.

Ms Ivy Trevallion

First Torres Strait Islander social worker, having graduated from Queensland University in 1986 and current Chair of the Kupai Omasker Working Party.

Honourable Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

Former Chief Justice of the Family Court with extensive knowledge and experience of traditional Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices including leading the development of the Family Court’s Kupai Omasker program in the 1990’s, supporting government consultations in 2011–2012 and advisor to the Kupai Omasker Working Party since 1996.

Mr Charles Passi

Member of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory to the Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council and former Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation (2013–2015).

Community meetings

The Eminent Persons will meet with people at Information Sessions and individual and group meetings in the Torres Strait and other locations across Queensland during November 2018 as listed below.

Information Sessions

Thursday Island Tuesday 6 November 2018
11:00am – 12:30pm
TRAWQ Hall
21 Olandi Street, Thursday Island 
Cairns Tuesday 13 November 2018
9:30am – 11:00am
Nintiringanyi Indigenous Corporation
16–18 McCormack Street, Mooroobool
Bamaga Thursday 15 November 2018
Time to be confirmed
Venue to be confirmed
Townsville Tuesday 13 November 2018
10:00am – 11:30am
Townsville Sports House
3–9 Redpath Road, North Ward, Townsville
Mackay Wednesday 14 November 2018
10:00am – 11:30am

Yamadi Aged and Community Care Service
Level 1, 46 Macalister Street, Mackay

Caboolture Tuesday 20 November 2018
9:30am – 11:00am
Caboolture Memorial Hall
61–65 King Street, Caboolture
Goodna Thursday 22 November 2018
10:00am – 11:30am
Soundpoint Youth and Community Centre
Murray (Mer) Island Friday 23 November 2018
9:30am – 11:00am
Murray Island Community Hall

Individual and Family Group Meetings will also be held at

Thursday Island Wednesday 7 November 2018
10:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday 8 November 2018
10:00 – 4:00pm
The Jardine Motel
Victoria Parade and Normanby Street
Thursday Island
Cairns Tuesday 13 November 2018
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Nintiringanyi Indigenous Corporation
16–18 McCormack Street, Mooroobool
Townsville Tuesday 13 November 2018
12:30pm – 4:00pm
Townsville Sports House
3–9 Redpath Road, North Ward, Townsville
Mackay Wednesday 14 November 2018
12:30pm – 4:00pm
Yamadi Aged and Community Care Service
Level 1, 46 Macalister Street, Mackay
Caboolture Tuesday 20 November 2018
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Caboolture Memorial Hall
61–65 King Street, Caboolture
Goodna Thursday 22 November 2018
12:30am – 3:00pm
Soundpoint Youth and Community Centre
27 Smiths Rd, Goodna
Saibai Island Wednesday 21 November 2018
Time to be confirmed
Venue to be confirmed
Badu Island Thursday 22 November 2018
Time to be confirmed
Venue to be confirmed
Murray (Mer) Island Friday 23 November 2018
Time to be confirmed
Murray Island Community Hall

If you are interested in attending please let us know by contacting your local DATSIP office

Download document

Please download a copy of the Consultation Paper (PDF, 6.9 MB)

Have your say

Can’t attend one of our meetings? You can have your say by:

Feedback is due by 30 November 2018.

Contact us

Email: torreschildrearing@datsip.qld.gov.au

Post: Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
Policy
PO Box 15397
City East Qld 4002

Call: 07 3003 6384
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