The Child Friendly Alice

Advisory Group

The Child Friendly Alice Advisory Group is made up of a diverse range of non-government and government agencies.

The role of the Advisory Group is to share their work, provide expertise and insight, and seek opportunities to work collaboratively. The group advises on service issues and solutions, and provides direction and feedback to Child Friendly Alice Working Groups and the Backbone Group.

Members of the Advisory Group are leaders in their field and/or represent their community with considerable experience relating to the key issues in the Alice Springs community.

The following organisations and departments work collaboratively as members of Child Friendly Alice:


Akeyulerre is a Communities for Children partner that promotes Indigenous knowledge, practice and expertise recognised as being integral to the wellbeing of the community.

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Alice Springs Town Council

Alice Springs Town Council’s vision is for a vibrant and growing community that embraces its diverse cultural heritage, its unique identity and desert living environment.

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Anglicare NT

Anglicare NT works to build a community of people empowered with the freedom to achieve happy and fulfilled lives, where potential is realised through opportunity and choice, where the vulnerable are protected, where social justice is advanced and where cultural difference is respected. Child Friendly Alice is a proud community partner of Anglicare’s Communities for Children.

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Australian Red Cross

The Australian Red Cross is building a better society based on people helping people. Nationally, the Red Cross saves lives and supports people before and after disasters strike, promotes the laws of war and works to improve lives of those impacted by the justice system. In Alice Springs, the close and passionate team run a variety of programs and work within a place-based framework to enhance the lives of local communities. The Red Cross have an ongoing commitment to Child Friendly Alice – acknowledging the value of collective impact.

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Braitling Primary School

Braitling Primary School is an independent public school in Alice Springs that has been educating children since 1977. Braitling Primary School caters for around 300 students from preschool to year six, from many backgrounds and cultural groups. Nearly half of their students are Aboriginal and 42 per cent of the student body have a language background other than English.

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Central Australia Aboriginal Congress

For over 40 years, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) has provided support and advocacy for Aboriginal people in the struggle for justice and equity. Since that time, Congress has expanded to become the largest Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation in the Northern Territory, providing a comprehensive, holistic and culturally-appropriate primary health care service to Aboriginal people living in and nearby Alice Spring.

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Child Australia: programs for parents

Providing quality initiatives and services to professionals, parents and children – Child Australia places children at the centre of their support model. Services range from professional development and online learning tools, to programs for parents and early learning care for children. Child Australia is dedicated to improving developmental outcomes for all children.

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Children’s Ground

Children’s Ground is an organisation led by Aboriginal communities. They are creating a new future for children filled with promise, hope and empowerment. Children’s Ground work with children, families and communities that face the greatest exclusion and live with injustice and disadvantage every day. They integrate cultural knowledge with international leading practice to enable excellence in learning, wellbeing and development for everyone.

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Connected Beginnings

Connected Beginnings aims to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in areas of high need, be well prepared for school by supporting Indigenous pregnant women, and Indigenous children from birth to school age. Over time it is anticipated the program will contribute to reducing the difference in school readiness and education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

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Department of Education

The Department of Education provides education to young Territorians from the early years to adulthood.

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Department of Health

The key focus of the Department of Health is to achieve the best health and wellbeing for all Territorians through the development, management and performance of the public health system. The Department of Health is responsible for strategic leadership and funding; system-wide policy development and planning; and system governance, performance and accountability.

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In the Northern Territory, the FAST activities have been managed by FAST NT since 2013. FAST stands for ‘Families and Schools Together’, is a successful parenting program and family strengthening program. FAST NT sits under the administration of the NT Christian Schools. The program is delivered to a wide range of sites across the territory, in both urban and remote communities.

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Gillen Primary School

Gillen Primary has been providing quality, public education to the families of Alice Springs for almost 50 years. Gillen caters for students from preschool to year six, with over 250 students. Their red sandstone school is set on around eighteen well-maintained acres, with three undercover playgrounds, a basketball and netball court, ample oval space and a grove of shady trees.

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Larapinta Child and Family Centre

Larapinta Child & Family Centre works in partnership with local families and services. Flexible, integrated support in health, wellbeing, parenting, and early learning is available. Little children thrive when families are supported and connected. The Centre offers a safe place for families with young children (0-5 years) to be empowered in their parenting journey. Priority is afforded to families experiencing complex challenges. The Centre is open daily from 8am – 4pm for 48 weeks of the year.

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Larapinta Primary

Larapinta Primary School is an urban primary school located on the western edge of Alice Springs, and nestled at the foot of Mt Gillen. The school opened in January 1998. Over the past twenty years, the school has grown and evolved and now boasts beautifully developed play areas and well-resourced teaching and learning spaces throughout.

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Lutheran Community Care

Lutheran Community Care support communities through responding to the needs of individuals and families, community development, learning opportunities, accommodation and support. Their staff and volunteers walk alongside those in need to provide, not just the necessities of food, clothing and shelter, but also support and care.

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Department of the Chief Minister

The Department of the Chief Minister plays a vital role in the economic, social and environmental development of the NT to deliver outcomes for all Territorians. It is responsible for overseeing or coordinating major government strategies as well as positioning the NT to achieve those priorities in areas such as: early childhood; Royal Commissions; Aboriginal Affairs; renewable energy; and economic development.

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The Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) is the peak body for the Social and Community Sector in the NT and an advocate for social justice on behalf of people and communities who may be affected by poverty and disadvantage. The NTCOSS team is located in both Darwin and Alice Springs, and for over 40 years has worked with its membership base, government and other stakeholders to strive for better outcomes for Territorians.

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Sadadeen Primary

Sadadeen Primary School is a small school in Alice Springs. There are 130 children and around 92 per cent of them are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background and 80 per cent for whom EAL/D (English is an Additional Language or Dialect). The school welcomes all children, acknowledging and valuing the cultural and social diversity the students bring. Sadadeen Primary School has a mobile student and teacher population.

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Territory Families

The establishment of Territory Families brings together many of the key functions that work together to create stronger communities where children experience safe, healthy and happy childhoods, women and men from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equal opportunities, and senior Territorians are appreciated and respected.

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Tangentyere Council

After 40 years, TC has been a primary service provider to Alice Springs Town Camp residents and other Central Australian Aboriginal people in the areas of education, employment, housing, youth services, child, family and kin services, and social services.

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Women’s Safety Services of Central Australia (WoSSCA) is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation that operates on a feminist framework and is committed to assisting and enabling women and children experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence.

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Want to know more about Child Friendly Alice? We’d love to hear from you. New members are welcome to join our Working, Advisory and Backbone groups.

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Child Friendly Alice acknowledges and honours First Nations peoples, paying respect to Elders past and present as custodians of this land. In Mparntwe (Alice Springs), we live and work on Arrernte country.

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