16 March 2023

Today, Life Without Barriers released its public statement in support of a Voice to Parliament.

The statement outlines the organisation’s practical, respectful, and collaborative approach towards sharing accessible resources and information to help people we support, our staff, carers and families and other members of the community to understand what a Voice to Parliament is and what it could mean for the future of our country.

The organisation operates community services in all states and territories and has more than 13,000 employees and carers in its network.

Claire Robbs, Chief Executive of Life Without Barriers, said Life Without Barriers has made this statement of support in line with the organisations support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

“We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart in its entirety, which includes a Voice to Parliament,” Ms Robbs said.

“We believe a First Nations Voice to Parliament will provide recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and will formalise consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on matters which impact them, their children, and communities.

“As a national provider of services, we believe we have an important role to help support the sharing of accessible information for people in the communities we serve.

“We are partnering with other organisations and agencies to share and adapt accessible resources so that people can be informed when they vote later this year.”

Life Without Barriers Statement in support of a Voice to Parliament can be found here.

Through their Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Life Without Barriers commits to progressively stepping away from providing out-of-home care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

In addition, their RAP commits to working in partnership with SNAICC - National Voice for our Children, Government and the sector so Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Aboriginal-controlled organisations empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander decision-making and self-determination. You can view their full RAP here.

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