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Aboriginal Children’s Forum

Drives the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people in, or at risk of entering, out of home care.

The Aboriginal Children’s Forum (ACF) works to implement and monitor the Wungurilwil Gapgapduir: Aboriginal Children and Families Agreement — to promote the safety, health and resilience of vulnerable Aboriginal children and young people.

Our role

To implement the aims of Wungurilwil Gapgapduir, which includes:

  • Acknowledge and celebrate the survival, resilience and success of Aboriginal families and communities in the face of the devastating impacts of colonisation, dispossession and assimilation.
  • Eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal children in child protection, out of home care and reduce the number of those that progress to the youth justice system.
  • Successfully transition the authority and services for all Aboriginal children to Aboriginal organisations.
  • Ensure Aboriginal children and young people leaving statutory systems are supported to reconnect with family and community.
  • Provide a sustained Aboriginal community-based prevention and early intervention system to respond to vulnerability as and when it arises.
  • Apply Aboriginal ways of responding to child and family issues including family violence.
  • Reform the child and family services system to address systemic racism and individual and institutional bias and build culturally sensitive practice within mainstream services.

The forum was established as As part of Victoria’s commitment to Aboriginal self-determination, under the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework (VAAF).

Who can become a member?

Forum membership is for:

  • Registered Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) under the Children, Youth and Families Act.
  • ACCOs preparing for registration, who can attend with the support of the Koorie Caucus.
  • Organisations whose primary focus is on service delivery, policy development and/or funding of services for vulnerable Aboriginal children and families.

Members must have decision-making power within their organisation. 

If you have a membership enquiry, please email: Aboriginal.childrens.forum@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Membership

ACCOs (2 x attendees per ACCO):

  • Rotating Co-Chair — CEO from an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO)
  • Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative
  • Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-operative
  • Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-operative Limited
  • Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative
  • Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative
  • Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative Limited
  • Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS)
  • Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation
  • Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-operative
  • Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
  • Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation
  • Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative
  • Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (4 representatives)
  • Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
  • Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation
  • Aboriginal Children and Young People’s Alliance 

Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Secretary
  • Deputy Secretaries of operational divisions + 1 additional staff member (+1 more if hosting)
  • Divisional Aboriginal engagement managers (1 from each division) 
  • Director, Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Branch
  • Deputy Secretary, Child and Families Division
  • Director, Children and Families Policy
  • DHHS Aboriginal Principal Practitioner
  • Assistant Director, Child Protection Policy Unit

Commission for Children and Young People: 2 representatives

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare: 1 representative

Community Service Organisations:

  • Berry Street
  • MacKillop
  • OzChild
  • Anglicare

Other organisations will be invited to attend an ACF by the working group based on a specific topic for discussion.

More information

Email: fv.consultations@dpc.vic.gov.au

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Reviewed 27 June 2019

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