Aboriginal Executive Council (AEC) Members
The AEC and is comprised of the following Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs).
Aborigines Advancement League (AAL)
The AAL was established in 1957 and supported the development of Aboriginal organisations across Victoria. The League is a centre of Aboriginal cultural, community and sporting activities, home to the Fitzroy Stars Football and Netball Club, and aims to improve the social, economic and cultural advancement of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Victoria.
Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV)
AHV’s vision is that Aboriginal Victorians are able to secure appropriate, affordable housing as a pathway to better lives and stronger communities. AHV owns over 1500 properties in Melbourne and regional Victoria providing affordable housing to over 4,000 low income Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians.
Aboriginal Community Elders Service (ACES
The Aboriginal Community Elders Services (ACES) is a Not-For-Profit Aboriginal community controlled organization providing residential aged care and a range of other aged care programs.
Started in 2002 as the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service Djirra now provides a broad range of support, cultural wellbeing and advocacy programs. Djirra is a place where culture is shared and celebrated and where support is available to Aboriginal women who have or are experiencing family violence.
Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations
Created in 2013 to focus on the shared interests of Traditional Owner corporations including increasing economic opportunities and caring for Country; much of the Federation’s work focuses on protecting Victoria’s Aboriginal cultural heritage and sharing traditional knowledge to care for Victoria’s land and waters
Koorie Youth Council (KYC)
The Koorie Youth Council’s vision is ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people collectively creating our future.’ Signature projects include the Ngaga-dji (hear me) project that voices the experiences of children in Victoria’s youth justice system; and the annual Koorie Youth Summit, held each year to provide space for young people to gather from around the state, connect with each other, discuss what is important to them, be proud, learn, and share.
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
Formed in the mid 1970’s VACCA emerged from a long and determined Aboriginal Civil Rights movement in Victoria. The premise of the organisation was and still is that Aboriginal people have the right to the care and custody of their own kids, raised in Community and Culture. VACCA is the lead Aboriginal child and family organisation in Victoria and is the largest organisation of its kind in Australia
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) have a proud history as sustainable, grassroots organisations that assist in building community capacity for self-determination. VACCHO believes that each Aboriginal community needs its own community based, locally owned, culturally appropriate and adequately resourced primary health care facility
Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd (VACSAL)
VACSAL operates as community resource centre delivering a range of programs to support children, young people and families as well as strengthening communities and culture. VACSAL has a strong focus on education and employment as central drivers for redressing inequality and disadvantage, family and cultural connection through sporting carnivals and events; and direct service assistance to the most vulnerable in the Aboriginal community.
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated
Formed over 40 years ago VAEAI is the peak statewide Aboriginal community-controlled organisation for education and training in Victoria. VAEAI advocates for a holistic education system that respects the prime place of Aboriginal people in Victoria, for our right to be fully involved in decisions that affect our communities; and for structural and systemic change to Close the Gap in educational outcomes.
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)
Formed in 1973 to address the specific medical needs of Victorian Aboriginal communities VAHS has expanded steadily over past 40 years to provide a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services for our community. VAHS is committed to supporting all aspects of community well-being through contributions to community events and activities, supporting families and research into the ongoing needs of the community.
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS)
Established in 1973 in response to the over representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system VALS plays an important role in providing referrals, advice/information, duty work or case work assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria. VALS solicitors specialise in one of three areas; criminal law, family law or civil law. Building on its direct client work VALS is actively involved in community education, research, policy, advocacy and law reform to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy their rights.