A report by the New South Wales Ombudsman has painted a bleak picture of child abuse in Aboriginal communities.
The report looked at what has been done to tackle child sexual assault in Aboriginal communities since 2007 and has found the State Government needs to urgently address the chronic vacancies in frontline child protection positions.
Ombudsman Bruce Barbour has found that despite efforts to combat the problem, one in 10 reported victims of child sexual abuse across the state is indigenous.
His report looked at 12 Indigenous communities and found only a quarter of children reported at risk in Aboriginal communities receive a face-to-face visit from a child protection worker, because of high vacancy rates in remote areas.
But Mr Barbour says one of the most disappointing aspects of his review is how many reported victims are already known to Community Services.
"More than two thirds had been the subject of 10 or more risk of harm reports to community services and 39 per cent had been reported more than 20 times," he said.
"This is a direct product of the assessment of risk not working properly and that's also linked into the Department of Community services failure to be able to maintain staffing levels in regional communities."
Mr Barbour says there needs to be more accountability within government agencies and NGO's and more staff on the ground in remote areas.
"There is a failure to deal with long standing chronic staffing shortages," he said.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda says underlying issues like heath, education and employment need to be tackled to help fix the problem of child sexual abuse.
He says there also needs to be better co-ordination between government bodies.
"I think we need to have the voices of the most vulnerable heard here," he said.
"If we keep on hearing from the children, we keep on hearing from women who look after the children, stepping up and saying this is unacceptable, I think we will set the ground work for governments and communities to work together."
The State Government says it will release a fully considered response to the report in coming months.