Banyule Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians
Banyule City Council is proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as traditional custodians of the land and we pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Elders, past, present and emerging, who have resided in the area and have been an integral part of the region's history.
In 2009 Banyule Council adopted the Banyule Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians. This statement was developed in partnership with Wurundjeri Elders and marked the start of Council’s commitment to working alongside the Traditional Custodial Owners of the land on which we live, work, meet and play, to advance the aspirations of our local Aboriginal communities.
You can find more information regarding Banyule's commitment to Indigenous Australians here.
Banyule Community Health Centre - Aboriginal Health Team
The Aboriginal Health team delivers services and assist in running programs and groups for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community members, at our centres and at the Babarrbunin Beek Gathering Place. Their services can include:
- Casework (supporting you to manage various services you may need) in a respectful and culturally appropriate way.
- Referrals into specialist health and welfare services
- Information and advice about chronic health services
- Child protection advocacy and legal support
- Men’s support worker
21 Alamein Road, West Heidelberg
Ph: 9450 2015
Barrbunin Beek Gathering place
Barrbunin Beek means ‘happy place’ in the Woiwurrung language. A dedicated space where local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community can come together and create a real connection to country and community. To see what is currently happening please follow the facebook page.
Olympic Park (The Fred Howe Annex)
Catalina st, West Heidelberg
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)
The VAHS provides a variety of medical services including dental, maternal health, child health and audiology. VAHS also provides community programs including various counselling options, Koori Kids program and social emotional wellbeing programs.
Yarning SafeNStrong helpline
Yarning SafeNStrong is a dedicated free and confidential counselling service for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples run by the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS). You can call Yarning SafeNStrong if you are feeling like you want to talk to someone because you are feeling down or you just feel like having a yarn. VAHS have counsellors you can yarn safely with and who can also support you to access extra help with financial wellbeing, counselling, drug & alcohol counselling & rehab services and medical help including COVID19 testing.
Phone: 1800 95 95 63 from 12pm to 10pm 7 days a week
238-250 Plenty Rd, Preston
Ph: 9403 3300
Indigenous Employment Partners (IEP)
IEP proudly work to address the high level of poverty and hardship that exists for the Indigenous Australians. They build capacity aimed at fostering inclusive workplaces and increasing employment and training opportunities for Indigenous job seekers. Employers are given a fully supported end to end recruitment service package which is designed to support both the employer and their Indigenous employee. The Indigenous employee is also given fantastic training and tools before the placement starts and has support for 26 weeks after their start date.
Jobseekers can send their application and resume to: email@example.com
AFL SportsReady Education & Employment
AFL SportsReady is a National not-for-profit company dedicated to helping young Australians develop careers through traineeships and educational opportunities. Their dedicated Indigenous programs can provide traineeships, direct employment, cadetships and cultural awareness training. These services are offered to young people both of school age and those studying university.
Matchworks Indigenous employment programs
MatchWorks is committed to helping build a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers. The dedicated staff focus on community engagement, skill development programs and real employment outcomes with employers who embrace diversity in their business.
They can assist you with:
- Pre-employment training and support (tailored to your needs)
- Mentoring and goal setting (one-on-one or group programs)
- Access to health and wellbeing services to assist you pre and post-employment
- Links to training opportunities and community services such as housing support
- Links with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups and Co-operatives
- Post-placement support for both you and your employer so employment is ongoing
Matchworks also provide the Deadly Yakka Employment program which runs over 2 weeks to support your personal skills and confidence about entering the work force. All programs include cultural activities such as a Smoking Ceremony and Indigenous art day.
VACCA Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
VACCA is the lead Aboriginal child and family welfare organisation in Victoria, protecting and promoting the rights of Aboriginal children and young people. We provide programs and services to reinforce Aboriginal culture and encourage best parenting practices and advise government in relation to child abuse and neglect in the Aboriginal community. VACCA’s services include: children & families, youth services and programs, cultural strengthening programs, community support, family violence, justice support & external training.
VACSAL Victorian Community Services Association Ltd
VACSAL are a state-wide agency that provides advice to government on a range of community development issues as well providing a range of community services such as cultural awareness training, homeless outreach and youth services through the Bert Williams Centre. The Bert Williams Aboriginal Youth Services comprises of 3 streams of operations: Aboriginal Youth Hostel Crisis/Homelessness Short term accommodation, Koorie Youth Justice Program, Early School Leavers Program.
Djirra are an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors who are elected by their members. They are a community agency who celebrate and share culture and offer practical support to Aboriginal women, in particular those who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past. Their services include: prevention of family violence, cultural & wellbeing workshops, Koorie Women’s Place, legal support, general support such as counselling, support workers, safety planning, financial assistance and referrals & advocacy.
Dardi Munwurro delivers a range of family violence, healing and behaviour change programs and services to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma in Aboriginal families and communities, by empowering and inspiring individuals to heal the past, acknowledge the present and create a positive vision for the future. Dardi Munwurro’s youth programs include mentoring, group work, positive role modelling, early intervention diversion programs and one on one support.
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service VALS
VALS plays an important role in providing referrals, advice/information, duty work or case work assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the State of Victoria. Solicitors at VALS specialise in one of three areas of law, being Criminal Law, Family Law and Civil Law. VALS provides free legal advice and representation for the Koorie community.
Ph: 9418 5999
Ph: 1800 064 865
Deadly Story is a cultural information website being developed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the Victorian out-of-home care system to connect with their Country, their Communities, and their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and identity.
3KND Radio Melbourne
3KND is Melbourne's first and only Indigenous owned and managed radio station. Tune in 24 hours a day for latest music, information and stories. 3KND also provide opportunities for specialist training in radio and media broadcasting to the Indigenous community. The media services available at 3KND Radio are broad including; both AM and digital services, online streaming, multimedia media training, studio and recording hire, music production and of course advertising.
Digital and 1503AM
25 Copernicus cres Bundoora 3083
Ph: 9471 1305
Koorie Youth Council (KYC)
The Koorie Youth Council is the representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Victoria. Led by an Executive of 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and our state-wide members, KYC values the diversity and strength of young people as decision-makers. KYC advocates to government and community to advance the rights and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. By hosting events like the annual Koorie Youth Summit, KYC brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people together to amplify their voices for social change.
COVID-19 Specific Information
Information from the Department of Health and Human Services
Aboriginal peak organisations and leadership is working closely with state, local and Commonwealth Governments to coordinate response plans and ensure there are the necessary resources, equipment, supplies and support for Indigenous communities during COVID-19.
Keep updated via the Department of Health and Human Services website for all information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Aboriginal communities.
Austin Health - COVID-19 information update for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Austin Health is providing free COVID-19 testing to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community even without symptoms. In recognition of the health gap experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, we strongly encourage you to seek COVID-19 testing if you have any concerns or symptoms.
Contact our COVID-19 hotline on 9496 6606 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week) to make a booking. Please let our staff know that you’re Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and if you need assistance with transport. Free transport to your COVID-19 testing appointment can be arranged through St John Ambulance. (This service will only be available for a limited time.)
For further assistance and support call our Aboriginal Heath team, Ngarra Jarra on 9496 5699, 9am- 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Education Support during COVID-19
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI)
VAEAI has launched the Koorie Outreach Support Program. The statewide program will run for the next 6 months (from August 2020) and will support Koorie learners and their families during remote learning arrangements, as well as transitioning back to learning environments when it is safe to do so.
If you are, or you’re a parent/carer of Koorie learners, you can call 1800 VAEAI 1, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to yarn with an Outreach Facilitator and find out more about participating in the program.
VACCA Cultural Hub
A space that celebrates Aboriginal culture and is full of deadly activities and resources to help you get creative, grow your knowledge and connect to culture.
iBobbly is a wellbeing application made for young people. It is private and confidential.