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About AAL

WILLIAM COOPER founded the Australian Aboriginal Advancement League, the first entirely Aboriginal organization in 1932. Other foundation members include SHADRACH JAMES, KALEB MORGAN, PASTOR DOUG NICHOLLS, ERIC ONUS and WILLIAM ONUS.

The league was most successful in the fields of fundraising, welfare work and embracing the education of the wider population. In 1957 the Aboriginal Advancement League (AAL) was formed.

The AAL holds a special place in the Aboriginal Community. It’s the oldest Aboriginal Organisation in Victoria and widely regarded by many people as the ‘mother’ of many organizations which are now established throughout Victoria.

The AAL has a long history as a focal point for Aboriginal community welfare, sporting and recreational activities for the Aboriginal community living in Melbourne.

Our Aim

  • TO ADMINISTRATE AND INITIATE programs which aim to improve the social, economic and cultural advancement of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Victoria.
  • TO PROMOTE self determination, self-sufficiency and self- management throughout the Aboriginal community of Victoria.
  • TO DETERMINE AND COMMENT upon State and Federal Governments policy in Aboriginal Affairs.
  • TO OWN, OPERATE and MAINTAIN premises at Watt Street, Thornbury and other locations for the purposes of furthering the AAL premises.

Our Philosophy

TO PROMOTE
 –  Aboriginal culture and identity.

–  Enterprise and enable the AAL to generate income.

TO DEVELOP
 –  A sense of Aboriginal urban identity for the Aboriginal community.

TO PROVIDE
 –  Employment opportunities for the Aboriginal community.

 –  A centre for family growth and development.

 –  An advocacy/referral service to the Aboriginal community.

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2 Watt Street Thornbury
Phone:   03 94807777
Fax:   03 94169092
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