The Community Welfare Act 1987 was passed after the Miscellaneous Acts (Community Welfare) Repeal and Amendment Act 1987 cleared away existing child welfare legislation.
According to 'To Remove and Protect', the objects of this legislation had positive benefits for Aboriginal children in child welfare systems. This Act included clauses intended to promote the welfare of Aborigines on the basis of a recognition of Aboriginal culture, identity, community structures and standards, the rights of Aborigines to raise and protect their own children and to be involved in decision-making processes that affect them and their children. It enshrined the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle.
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04 June 2020
Cite this: https://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/nsw/NE00021
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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