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What people are asking us.
Children’s Ground is a First Nations organisation ending injustice and disadvantage. We deliver an innovative approach to education, health and employment services for our families. It is designed, delivered and evaluated by us – the community.
Five key pillars of wellbeing drive the Children’s Ground Approach, connecting our communities with culturally-safe services and support to live amazing lives.
Yes. The Board of Children’s Ground has made a clear decision to be incorporated under the Corporation Act as a First Nations organisation rather that the CATSI Act (Corporations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006).
All organisation registered under CATSI Act are First Nations organisations or ACCOs. Not all organisations registered under the Corporations Act are ACCOs. Children’s Ground is an ACCO incorporated under the Corporations Act.
Children’s Ground meets the key requirement for registration under CATSI that the majority of directors must:
Our corporate Board of Directors is comprised of over 50% First Nations people including the Chair of our Board.
The CATSI Act was created as a special measure to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with additional supports, less onerous requirements and special conditions.
Our First Nations board members and community leaders wish to be incorporated under the Corporations Act for the following reasons:
We are not a registered school but we employ qualified Early Childhood educators and work in partnership with local schools. Our First Nations educators are recognised as teachers within their communities and cultural responsibilities. First Nations education systems have continued for over 65,000 years. We are continuing this system of education while partnering and working with the mainstream system. We offer high-quality, culturally safe and responsive Early Childhood education where children are learning through their First Language and culture as well as English.
In Central Australia, communities deliver Children’s Ground on Central, Eastern and Western Arrernte Country, in and around Mparntwe (Alice Springs).
In the Top End of the Northern Territory, we are led by communities on Larrakia Country in Garramilla (Darwin) and Bolmo Country:
In Naarm (Melbourne) where our Shared Office is located, we foster relationships with the Wurundjeri community of the Kulin Nation.
We support First Nations educators around the Country through our work with Utyerre Apanpe (First Nations Educators’ Network).
The Australian Government was not able to make progress on most of its original Closing the Gap targets. In the Northern Territory, Closing the Gap outcomes have been the worst across the Country. In 2020, they decided on a new set of targets.
Children’s Ground is making change where Government has failed. While First Nations school attendance and employment is at disastrously low levels in the mainstream system, Children’ Ground is showing great outcomes in connecting children to high quality, culturally appropriate education and creating lasting employment.
We are not only working towards closing the gap but preventing the gap from ever opening for the next generation of First Nations children.
Amazing! Your support is vital to our work. Go to our donate page and select the amount and frequency of your donation.
When you donate, you are directly supporting our community-led approach to changing the future for First Nations children. Program delivery accounts for the vast majority (80%) of our expenditure. The remainder supports the administrative management of the organisation (e.g. Finance, HR, IT, Communications, Fundraising etc).
Your donation will support our children and families in early childhood education, health, culture and language preservation and support Children’s Ground to run an effective and accountable organisation.
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