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Supporting Aboriginal Victorians

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Our reforms will build on our commitment to embed the right to Aboriginal self-determination. This has already been shown by:

  • government discharging itself as first mortgagee over Aboriginal community-controlled organisation’s assets
  • investing in and enabling Aboriginal-led organisations to care for Aboriginal children in out of home care to ensure they remain culturally connected; and
  • transferring ownership of significant social housing stock to Aboriginal Housing Victoria.

These reforms will build on the work of the Indigenous Family Violence 10 Year Plan, Strong Culture, Strong Peoples and Strong Families: Towards a safer future for Indigenous families and communities.

To learn more about this plan, read: Indigenous Family Violence 10 Year Plan

Working in partnership

We acknowledge that due recognition and respect will be given to the unique knowledge, skills and expertise Aboriginal people bring to services reform. This includes the work of the:

  • Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Groups
  • Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum
  • Aboriginal Justice Forum
  • Aboriginal Children’s Forum.

 Led by the community

The initiatives developed through the work of these groups has been developed by the community, for the community, including:

  • specialist, culturally informed healing centres
  • services that specifically work with Aboriginal male perpetrators to address underlying factors that contribute to violence
  • targeted and localised advertising campaigns
  • programs targeted at encouraging respectful relationships with Aboriginal youth
  • providing better connections between specialist family violence and legal services and Aboriginal victim-survivors
  • building the capacity of local police to appropriately respond to Aboriginal family violence through the Koori Family Violence Police Protocols. 

The next 2 years

We will work with the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum over the next 2 years to strengthen family violence reforms for Aboriginal Victorians. This includes:

  • developing a complementary Aboriginal 10 Year Plan
  • full implementation of the recommendations of the mid-term evaluation of the Indigenous Family Violence 10 Year Plan
  • strengthening the operations of the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum
  • developing new holistic healing models that address the effects of family violence in Aboriginal families
  • encouraging innovation through the Community Initiatives Fund grants.

A more responsive system

We will create a more responsive service system for Aboriginal communities by aligning our reforms with other Aboriginal strategies. These include:

  • Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety strategic plan
  • Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing framework (currently  under development)
  • Always was, always will be Koori children: Systemic inquiry into the services provided to Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care in Victoria
  • In the child’s best interests: Inquiry into compliance with the intent of the Child Placement Principle in Victoria
  • Aboriginal Children’s Strategy (currently under development)
  • Roadmap for Reform: stronger families, safe children
  • Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016–2026
  • Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement.