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Farewelling Our First Commissioner For Aboriginal Kids

29 January 2018

The Andrews Labor Government has thanked Andrew Jackomos for his work and dedication as he prepares to step down as the first ever Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People after almost five years.

Mr Jackomos was appointed as the first Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People and has made a significant contribution in improving the lives of Aboriginal children and young people through his advocacy for the Aboriginal Children’s Forum, the Aboriginal Justice Forum and Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum.

The Labor Government is working to implement recommendations from Mr Jackomos’ reports into the child protection system’s application of the Aboriginal child placement principle and the taskforce that examined circumstances of approximately 1,000 Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care.

Mr Jackomos has progressed Aboriginal self-determination through the establishment of the Victorian Young People Alliance and the development of a state-wide Aboriginal Children’s Agreement.

He has also played an important role in the implementation of the Labor Government’s Roadmap for Reform, helping to give Aboriginal people responsibility for the care and decision-making of Aboriginal children and families.

Mr Jackomos also established the Walda Blow Award to recognise the contribution of Aboriginal people in Victoria to the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people.

He will conclude his time in the role on January 31 after informing the Labor Government that he would not seek reappointment.

Mr Jackomos, a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man, will continue his public service in a role as the Special Adviser for Self-Determination, within the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

A recruitment process to appoint a new Commissioner will follow.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“Andrew has been tireless in his work as Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, highlighting significant issues and forging a path for improved outcomes for young people for many years to come.”

“Andrew’s work will continue to benefit Aboriginal Victorians and the broader community – we thank him for his dedication and continued service to Aboriginal people.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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