AbSec – NSW Child, Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation, or commonly referred to as AbSec, is a not-for-profit incorporated Aboriginal controlled organisation. We are the NSW Aboriginal child and family peak organisation, working to empower Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities impacted by the child protection system, as well as support a quality Aboriginal community controlled child and family sector to deliver needed supports in Aboriginal communities across the state.
AbSec provides child protection and out-of-home care policy advice on issues affecting Aboriginal children, young people, families and carers, and we are informed by our membership base and community to ensure that Aboriginal perspectives are included in government policy and reform directions.
Our vision is that all Aboriginal children and young people are looked after in safe, thriving Aboriginal families and communities and are raised strong in spirit and identity, with every opportunity for lifelong wellbeing and connection to culture, surrounded by holistic supports.
In working towards our vision, we are guided by our Strategic Plan 2015–2018, which sets out the strategic direction over the next 3 years. Download a copy of our Strategic Plan 2015–2018 here.
- Work towards achieving self-determination for all Aboriginal people and communities, and building a safe, secure and caring environment for their children and young people that is surrounded by culture
- Support Aboriginal organisations in delivering quality holistic supports for all Aboriginal children, young people, families and carers, people with disability and communities
- Provide and support opportunities for continual improvement, learning, growth and change for organisations delivering for Aboriginal children, young people, families, people with disability and their communities, recognising the principles of self-determination
- Represent and inform government and key stakeholders on the issues facing Aboriginal children, young people, families, carers and communities, particularly in accessing quality holistic supports for lifelong wellbeing surrounded by culture
- Support Aboriginal workforce development to ensure a strong and capable workforce for supporting Aboriginal children, young people, families, people with disability and their communities
Principles that guide us
- Acknowledgement and respect — We will acknowledge the diversity of all Aboriginal nations and respect traditional owners of the land, constantly reminded by their Elders, and cultural knowledge of communities to inform our action
- Professionalism and integrity — We will act with the highest of professionalism for our communities, ensuring our integrity will not be compromised in striving for the provision of quality, culturally responsive and accessible supports
- Self-determination — We will ensure that our focus is underpinned by the rights of Aboriginal people to make decisions that impact their lives, recognising the interests of Aboriginal children, young people, families and carers, and communities in all that we do
- Independence and solutions focused — We will serve the interests of Aboriginal children, young people, families, people with disability, communities and the organisations that support them to deliver holistic approaches to issues impacting them
- Transparency and commitment — We will remain committed to our people in everything we do, ensuring our actions are clear and promoted at every opportunity
AbSec was established in 1999 as part of a need to bring all funded Aboriginal Out of Home Care agencies together on a monthly basis to form a network of agencies. This group of agencies formed the Aboriginal Child, Family & Community Care State Secretariat committee.
Since that time, we have emerged as a strong Aboriginal child and family peak organisation that supports our Aboriginal community controlled sector, to deliver quality services to Aboriginal children, families, communities, carers and people with disability. AbSec continues to play a leading role in Aboriginal sector capacity building, and advising government of alternate solutions and policy to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal children and families. Our work aims to shape the Aboriginal sector into the future, engage and deliver for Aboriginal children and families, and inform government of Aboriginal perspectives with the view to providing greater self-determination in our communities.