Australian Reconciliation Network
Australian Reconciliation Network
Looking for activities and information on your state or territory? Wondering who the Traditional Owners of the land and waterways are? The Australian Reconciliation Network (ARN) is comprised of state and territory reconciliation organisations that run as separate entities to Reconciliation Australia. You can find them here:
Campaigns we support
Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world — but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live 10–17 years less than other Australians. Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.
The Close the Gap Coalition, of which Reconciliation Australia is a Steering Committee member, is a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and community organisations – together with over 200,000 Australians – calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.
Join a community of people who want to see good health and well-being for all Australians.
In the past 10 years we have seen a 88% increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ending up in prison, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous people. Being placed in prison is all too common for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. But the impact of being in prison can be severe – not just for the individual but also for their family and the whole community.
At the same time, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – especially women and children – are experiencing increasing amounts of violence with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence. This is devastating lives.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Reconciliation Australia is a member of the National Justice Coalition. Together, with your help we can find a way to change the record.
Family Matters: Strong Communities. Strong Culture.
Stronger Children is Australia’s national campaign to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.
Family Matters aims to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 2040.
Family Matters is led by SNAICC – National Voice for our Children and is supported by a Strategic Alliance of over 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous organisations, including Reconciliation Australia, and many leading academics and prominent educational institutions.
Since 2012, ‘Racism. It Stops with Me’ has helped our community respond to prejudice. It is a campaign built on the efforts of people in their neighbourhoods, schools, universities, clubs, and workplaces.
Across Australia, more than 400 organisations – and thousands of people – have pledged their support of the campaign. Whatever your walk of life, wherever you live, wherever you come from – you can make our community a better place for everyone. Join us and take a stand against racism.
On the 9th of June 2016, in Redfern where in 1992 Prime Minister Paul Keating spoke truth about this nation, a group of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak representative organisations expressed their deep concern:
- that in 2016 First Peoples continue to experience unacceptable disadvantage;
- that the challenges confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be isolated to the margins of the national debate;
- that Federal Government policies continue to be made for and to, rather than with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and
- that the transformative opportunities for Government action are yet to be grasped.
Stand with us and call for action by our nation’s leaders.