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Acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Guideline Development Group offers respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodians across the country now known as Australia. We acknowledge the journey of Elders past, and we recognise historical truths and the enduring impact for First Nations Australians.

We recognise and value the knowledge and wisdom of Elders present, as well as those emerging leaders who share a continuing connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Country. We are strengthened together through upholding the continuation of the First Peoples lore of cultural and spiritual ways that help to grow children and families strong.

We recognise inequalities and commit our efforts to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to better understand their lived experience. We support engaging two-worlds to progress deep knowledge of culturally safe, responsive, and timely supports and services.

The Guideline Development Group have strengthened existing relationships and initiated new networks to support proper way collaboration and consultation. Our intention is to continue the journey of walking alongside First Nations Peoples through deep listening and upholding shared knowledge. We acknowledge the valuable contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to this Guideline and recognise the perspectives, preferences, and priorities of First Peoples as key to guiding good practice across Australia.