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  • The Pain Continues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

    May 04, 2016

    For Indigenous Australia the 2016 Budget has delivered more of the same. There are no surprises, the policy thinking, the budgetary levers and programs remain intact. Co-Chair Mr Rod Little, “Once again the federal government has snubbed the national representative body for Australia’s first peoples and has not provided us with any financial assistance so … Continue reading

  • Co-Chairs meet with the PM

    Apr 26, 2016

    22 April 2016 Co-Chairs of National Congress Mr Rod Little and Dr Jackie Huggins today met with the Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull in his Sydney office. Co-Chair Mr Little said, “We have provided the Prime Minister with a real opportunity to build a strong relationship with the National Congress of Australia’s First People. “ During … Continue reading

  • Government decisions are still Self Serving

    Mar 24, 2016

    After much anticipation the Senate Inquiry report on the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) was finally released last night, confirming the disastrous impact this ‘initiative’ has and will continue to have on Indigenous Australia.National Congress would also like to thank Senator Siewert for initiating this inquiry and for shining a light on what can only be … Continue reading


    Mar 02, 2016

    The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has offered their support and congratulations to Patrick Dodson and the Australian Labor Party on his appointment to the Australian Senate. Co-Chair Little said “that the more representatives in the Parliaments who have an in-depth understanding and grasp of the issues and concerns of Australia’s First Peoples the … Continue reading


    Dec 14, 2015

    The task of the Referendum Council is to develop and sell the Referendum to the whole of the Australian community. The role of Congress is to represent the views of Indigenous Australians in this process, a distinctly different role to that of the Referendum Council. Congress would strongly encourage the Referendum Council to: •Press the … Continue reading

  • Blueprint for Change on imprisonment and violence rates

    Nov 30, 2015

    The Change the Record Coalition will today meet in Canberra to launch the ‘Blueprint for Change’. This is the first time a broad range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous organisations have come together with a concrete plan for Federal, State and Territory Governments to change the record on soaring Aboriginal imprisonment rates … Continue reading


    Oct 29, 2015

    The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has published the results of the 2015 Co-Chair elections.

  • Ombudsman’s report highlights whole-of-government approach to justice

    Sep 18, 2015

    A new report released by the Victorian Ombudsman yesterday, has once again highlighted the need for urgent action to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the justice system and calls for a whole-of-government approach. The report, Investigation into the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in Victoria, examines the effectiveness of Victoria’s … Continue reading

  • Prime Minister commits to engage with First Peoples

    Sep 17, 2015

    The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) today held an urgent meeting in Canberra of its members encompassing national and peak bodies in health, legal services, family violence, education, disability, the Stolen Generations and more to discuss and consider the implications and opportunities arising from the change in Prime Minister from Tony Abbott to … Continue reading

  • Congress to test Prime Minister’s Commitment

    Sep 15, 2015

    The national elected representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has called on the new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to meet urgently with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives to establish a sound relationship based on respect and trust. The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) has amongst its 180+ organisational members … Continue reading