Archives for July, 2017

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Next Stage Of Aboriginal Housing Handover Commences

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to advance self-determination for Aboriginal people through the ownership of housing by transferring another 470 properties to Aboriginal Housing Victoria. The properties were transferred to the organisation this month, giving it ownership and management responsibilities that will benefit its..

$1.5 Million To Empower Koori Young People

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to programs to empower and re-engage Koori young people through camps, sporting activities, workshops and education. Across Victoria 25 projects had been given funding through the Labor Government’s Koori Youth Crime Prevention Grants…

New Aboriginal Name For Ballarat Park

A new Aboriginal park name for Ballarat’s new 641ha regional park was announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. The Canadian Regional Park will be given the new name of Woowookarung Regional Park, to acknowledge the deep engagement of the Wadawurrung people with the park..

Celebrating The Return Of Traditional Burning

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today joined Aboriginal Elders from the Dja Dja Wurrung  community to hold a ceremony celebrating the historic return of traditional burning to their lands. In May this year two traditional burns — thought to be the..

‘It’s Okay To Walk Away’ To Empower Koori Consumers

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Koori consumers to walk away from high pressure sales pitches as part of a national consumer rights campaign. The It’s Okay to Walk Away campaign aims to help Koori consumers in urban and regional and rural areas of Victoria identify high..

Taking Action Against Aboriginal Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Aboriginal people respond to family violence in their communities. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened applications for the $650,000 Indigenous Family Violence Strategy Community Initiatives Fund. Successful applicants will use the funding to launch culturally appropriate..

Support For Indigenous Sport, Culture And Wellbeing

The Andrews Labor Government will fund planning for a Centre of Excellence that will support Aboriginal Victorians health and wellbeing. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson announced the development of a business case for the Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Sport, Culture..

More Resources To Protect Victoria’s Aboriginal Heritage

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding protection of Victoria’s valuable Aboriginal heritage. To mark 2017 NAIDOC Week, the Labor Government will provide $4.7 million for Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) to employ ten new compliance officers. The compliance officers will be based in local RAP organisations..

Improving Family Violence Support For Koori Communities

The Andrews Labor Government is providing more culturally appropriate services across the state’s justice system to help Aboriginal Victorians facing family violence. Attorney-General Martin Pakula attended the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service in Abbotsford today as part of NAIDOC Week and discussed the..

From The Classroom To A Career In Victoria Police

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians are working side-by-side with Victoria Police as part of a school-based traineeship program supported by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams visited Dandenong Police Station to meet..

Celebrating Language In NAIDOC Week 2017

NAIDOC Week 2017 has kicked off in Victoria with an official flag raising ceremony at Federation Square. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins joined Victorian Aboriginal Elders, Traditional Owners and members of the Victorian NAIDOC Committee to raise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags today…