Aboriginal youth wellbeing

The WA Government is committed to improving the wellbeing of young Aboriginal people in Western Australia.
Commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing Publication sitting on a table

Commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing

The Commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing is the Government’s response to the State Coroner’s recommendations on the deaths of thirteen children and young persons in the Kimberley, and the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into Aboriginal youth suicide, Learnings from the Message Stick. 

The report addresses a combined 86 recommendations from the two reports and a set of 12 individual commitments to take a holistic approach to Aboriginal youth wellbeing, focusing on four key areas: culture; health; community; and youth. 

It represents a long-term commitment to Aboriginal children and young people, not just in the Kimberley, but across the state, and will be delivered in partnership with the Aboriginal community. 

The Government will provide annual reports on the progress of its commitments, and implementation of all 86 of the Coroner’s and Message Stick recommendations. 

See the media statements below:  

McGowan Government releases commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing

$266 million package to support Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing

Statement of Intent on Aboriginal youth suicide

This statement is an interim response on the issue of Aboriginal youth suicide. It arises from the findings of a significant body of reports over the past 15 years.

The most recent of these are the State Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of 13 children and young persons in the Kimberley Region, Western Australia (the Coroner’s Inquest), and the former Education and Health Standing Committee’s 2016 ‘Learnings from the message stick: the report of the Inquiry into Aboriginal youth suicide in remote areas’ (the Message Stick Inquiry).

See the media statement, McGowan Government releases preliminary response to Aboriginal youth suicide reports. 

Page reviewed 28 January 2021