Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

2014 finalist

Category A – incorporated organisations

 

“VACCA is successful, is growing and is respected. It is a role model for others.” – Peter Harris, IGA judge

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the oldest Aboriginal child and family welfare organisation in Victoria—and for 38 years has protected and promoted the rights of Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities. The organisation provides crucial services to reinforce Aboriginal culture, encourage best parenting practices and advise government.

VACCA has a long history of achievements for the Victorian Aboriginal community. It successfully lobbied for changes to Victoria’s child protection laws and for the inclusion of special provisions based on the right of Aboriginal people to self-determination and self-management in the state’s family law.

VACCA is strengthening the safety, wellbeing and cultural connectedness of Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities.

“A lot of people have this belief that Aboriginal people can’t govern, that our organisations are lesser. I think that Aboriginal organisations are proving that we can actually deliver better outcomes.” –  Muriel Bamblett, VACCA CEO