Submissions Library

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Submission – Brian Hunt

This submission is a poem composed by Brian Hunt and copyright to the Poetic Huntsman.

Size: 242.62 KB
Date: 19 February 2024

Submission – Annabelle Nikkelson

Annabelle Nikkelson is a Wotjobaluk woman.

This submission describes Annabelle’s experiences of the child protection system, health system and support services, her experiences of racism, and what she sees are the key issues facing Aboriginal people.

Size: 93.61 KB
Date: 19 February 2024

Submission – Aunt Jennifer Beer

Aunty Jenni Beer is a Wutjubulak woman and speaker of Wergaia.

This submission describes Aunty Jenni’s walk between two worlds, experiences growing up, and her journey to revive and reclaim the Wergaia language.

Size: 82.02 KB
Date: 19 February 2024

Submission – Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation Australia is the national organisation promoting reconciliation between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This submission covers Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali Program; racism and cultural safety for First Nations students, education staff and families; examples of effective engagement and cultural safety at the school level; and curriculum successes and failures in teaching First Peoples’ perspectives, histories and experiences, including teacher competency and committment.

Size: 4.62 MB
Date: 13 February 2024

Submission – Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (Health)

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation with 50 years of experience providing culturally safe legal and community justice services to First Peoples across Victoria.

This submission includes the experiences of VALS clients and Community, including the way that violent and racist systems continue to impact Aboriginal social and emotional wellbein. It also examines racism and discrimination across the health system (with a particular focus on the mental health system and the custodial healthcare system), the critical need to continue to invest in culturally safe healthcare – including for Aboriginal people in custody – and the need for robust oversight and accountability mechanisms.

Size: 1.16 MB
Date: 12 February 2024
Topic
Health

Submission – Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (Education)

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation with 50 years of experience providing culturally safe legal and community justice services to First Peoples across Victoria.

This submission looks at the systemic barriers that Aboriginal children, young people and adults face in achieving educational success, alongside highlighting areas of promising practice and solutions.

Size: 968.48 KB
Date: 12 February 2024

Submission – Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) (Health, Housing and Education)

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) is the peak body for Aboriginal health and wellbeing in Victoria, with 33 Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations as Members. VACCHO Members support over 25,000 Aboriginal people in Victoria, and combined are the largest employers of Aboriginal people in the state.

This submission shows how colonisation and discriminatory government policies and systems caused substantial harm and that there is a clear line from that harm to the poorer health and wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal people living in Victoria today. It also shows how current policies are still contributing to poorer health and wellbeing among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria, and preventing Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations from serving Community to the fullest. It also makes recommendations to transform systems.

Size: 3.74 MB
Date: 9 February 2024
Size: 875.87 KB
Date: 9 February 2024
Size: 165.08 KB
Date: 9 February 2024

Submission – Community Housing Industry Association Victoria

The Community Housing Industry Association Victoria (CHIA Vic) is the peak body that represents the not-for-profit community housing sector in Victoria.

This submission provides a brief overview of Victoria’s current social housing system and the specific needs of Aboriginal Victorians for social housing. It outlines two areas where urgent action is needed to build the scale and impact of social housing for Aboriginal Victorians:

  • The development of a long-term strategy for growing the supply of social housing for Aboriginal Victorians.
  • Ensuring access to appropriate and culturally safe supports.

And it identifies opportunities for government to improve access to affordable rental and homeownership for Aboriginal Victorians.

Size: 329.09 KB
Date: 9 February 2024
Topic
Housing