Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

In the Bayside Peninsula region, the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the key organisation servicing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families, and community members.

Other key organisations –


Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors. The organisation was established in 2002 as the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service (FVPLS Victoria). Their services have exapanded and the organisation was renamed Djirra.  Their services include:

  • Community education, early intervention and prevention programs.
  • Legal services.
  • Support services.
  • Policy and advocacy.


Elizabeth Morgan House

Elizabeth Morgan House is an Aboriginal community controlled organisation providing refuge accommodation and specialist family violence services to Aboriginal women and their children. The organisations’s support also extends to parents of Aboriginal children, as well as partners and ex-partners of Aboriginal people.

Elizabeth Morgan House is also a peak body in Victoria for Aboriginal women and family violence, advising Peak Aboriginal Organisations, Government & NGO sector on issues affecting Aboriginal women & families.


Resources for Practitioners

-Good practice principles: A rights-based framework for engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

A framework developed by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) and 1800RESPECT.

Breaking The Cycle of Trauma, Koori parenting: What works for us
This Victorian Aboriginal Health Service Resource conveys key messages and practical strategies to help Koori parents break inter-generational cycles of trauma within their families. Poster and postcard versions of the resource are also available.

-Koolin Balit ‘Building The Blocks Of Cultural Competency’ Toolkit
This Koolin Balit Consortium toolkit aims to support health and human service agencies across Melbourne’s north west to provide high quality, culturally responsive, respectful services to the Aboriginal community.

-The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service

-The 1800RESPECT website


Resources for Practitioners working with Children

-Aboriginal Life Story Book
Educational resource for young people to create meaning for their cultural heritage and identity.

Family Tree – Activity Booklet
An educational activity resource for young people to map their family tree.

-Childs Voice Booklet VACCA
Download the Child’s Voice tool which aims to help workers engage with kids and get to know them, understand their worries and wishes and develop plans that are child centred and informed.

SNAICC is the National voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

-Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Information and Resource Guide
Victorian Department of Education & Training


Resources for Clients

-13YARN  National crisis support line for mob
Designed, led and delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 13YARN (on 13 92 76) will offer a confidential, one-on-one yarning opportunity for mob with a Lifeline Australia trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis supporter 24 hours, 7 days a week.  13YARN is was developed in collaboration with Lifeline Australia and Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia. The service has been co-designed with expertise from Lifeline and several Aboriginal mental health professionals including NACCHO AustraliaBlack Dog Institute Aboriginal Lived Experience team and the Centre for Excellence in Suicide Prevention. We have also sought input from Torres Strait Islander, remote, regional, and urban peoples with lived experience.  If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.

-Call It Out – Reporting Racisim

The Call it Out portal is now accepting reports of interpersonal or systemic racism. The platform is run by the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research and the National Justice Project.
Organisers say this makes it the first independent and Indigenous-led alternative to traditional racism complaint systems and legal processes

-A Quick Guide to Child Protection for Koori Families
A guide developed by the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service.

-Koori Family Violence Police Protocols: what you can expect
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria guide for Koori families.


Training Resources

-Yarning Up on Trauma

VACCA’s training program where participants discuss the nature and effects of trauma including physical, social, emotional and spiritual impacts on Aboriginal families. There is a focus upon understanding trauma in the context of Aboriginal history: through colonisation, stolen generations, disadvantage and institutionalised racism. Across the four days map this history to place the trauma of Aboriginal people today within that context.

-Emerging Minds

Free online training is available from one to four hour modules covering a range of topics, including working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Other Resources

A website showcasing good practice in the way local government engages with Aboriginal communities.

-Melbourne Local Aboriginal Networks and Gathering Places

-Local Aboriginal Networks and Gathering Places

-Koori Curriculum

The Koori Curriculum is an Aboriginal Early Childhood consultancy that supports early childhood educators to grow their cultural confidence and capacity.


Uniting’s RAP Working Group Bulletin

-RAP Newsletter March 2022
-RAP Newsletter January 2022