Acknowledgement of Country

RAATSICC acknowledges that we operate and function on many lands across North Queensland.

We pay our respect to these lands that provide for us.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the ancestors that walked and managed these lands for many generations before us.

We acknowledge and recognise all Aboriginal people who have come from their own country and who have now come to call this country their home.

We acknowledge our Elders who are our knowledge holders, our teachers.

We acknowledge our youth who are our hope for a brighter and stronger future.

We acknowledge and pay our respects to our community members who have gone before us and recognise their contribution to our people and community.

Our Story

Welcome to Cape York/Gulf RAATSICC (Remote Area Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Child Care) Advisory Association Inc. We are a community controlled Not for Profit organisation delivering human services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Far North Queensland.

RAATSICC began 1990 as a “program” which facilitated conversations from a group of women in Bamaga concerned about issues of child care and domestic violence. RAATSICC secretariat office is located in Cairns with community based offices in Kowanyama, Napranum, Aurukun & Lockhart River.

Offices operates from 8.30am – 5.00pm and closes on weekends and public holidays.

Ma’aathan Women’s Shelter based in Cape York provides access to crisis accommodation and centre-based support 24 hours a day.

Our logo

The RAATSICC logo depicts the map of the Cape and Gulf regions where the RAATSICC communities are located.

The six figures are known as spirit figures and represent the spirit of caring as a shared responsibility amongst people — within families and within communities.

The reddish colour represents land, our home.

And the cross-hatching represents our family connections to people in many other communities of the Cape and Gulf.

Designed by John Cummins - Kuku Yalanji

Our Management Committee

Having home-grown workers living in these communities is the best asset to any organisation and RAATSICC builds on that belief.

Robert Holness

Robert Holness


Marcella Ketchell

Marcella Ketchell

Vice President

Paula Neal

Paula Neal


Yarrabah Aboriginal Corporation for Women

RAATSICC logo as a placeholder for the team member portrait

Kristine Smith


Ray Sambo

Ray Sambo

Committee Member

Stuart Marquardt

Stuart Marquardt

Committee Member

Crystal Ramic

Crystal Ramic

Our Constitution

Our Constitution holds our organisation standards. Read them in full:

Our Constitution

Strategic Plan 2020-2023

RAATSICC Strategic Plan 2020-2023 builds on the long history of delivering services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families within the Cape & Gulf communities with a renewed focus to make a genuine difference in the lives of children, families and communities.

For more information, read our full report.

Annual Reports

2019-2020 Annual Report

2018-2019 Annual Report

Become a member

Choose a membership for you:

  • Ordinary (is an Individual)
  • General (is a Representative of an Organisation)

Elected Management Committee Members are required to attend a minimum of 4 meetings a year including telelink meetings. Face-to-Face meetings decided by Management Committee as well as participating in monthly telelink meetings.

All management committee position are on a voluntary basis.