Yuddika Family Group Home, in Cairns, was operated by the Yuddika Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation. It opened in 1990/91 and funding ceased on 3 October 2001.
The Families Department ceased annual funding to the Yuddika Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation because it failed to comply with the conditions of its grant and service agreement. The Department maintained that 'the agency had not provided expected levels of support for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children, had shown an inability to place young people in culturally-appropriate homes and had failed to recruit, provide support for and train adequate numbers of carers'.
The publication Missing Pieces (2001) stated that 'it is not known what records are available'.
In 2021, the Queensland government has agreed to be a funder of last resort for this institution. This means that although the institution is now defunct, it is participating in the National Redress Scheme, and the government has agreed to pay the institution's share of costs of providing redress to a person (as long as the government is found to be equally responsible for the abuse a person experienced).
Sources used to compile this entry: Newsdesk October 2001:Australia: Funding withdrawn for childcare group in sex scandal, The International Child and Youth Care Network, 8 October 2001, http://www.cyc-net.org/Newsdesk/news-october2001.html; Department of Families, Missing pieces: information to assist former residents of children's institutions to access records, State of Queensland, 2001. p.94..
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 28 June 2011, Last modified: 5 November 2021