Submissions Library

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Submission – Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Forum

The Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Forum  comprises thirty-eight Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, Traditional Owner groups and Aboriginal Trusts who are either delivering housing and homelessness services in Victoria or who are interested in becoming registered housing providers.

This submission looks at: how to arrest the crisis; how the housing system can support and strengthen community and culture; and preparing for treaty.

Size: 2.43 MB
Date: 10 April 2024
Topic
Housing

Submission – Denise Sweet

Denise Sweet is a Bundjalung Gumbaynggirr woman currently on Wergaia country.

This submission is a transcript of Denise Sweet recounting her family’s experiences of injustice since colonisation.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.

Submission – Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (Housing and Homelessness)

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: governance, oversight and accountability; Aboriginal housing and homelessness; overarching issues impacting culturally safe, adequate and secure housing for Aboriginal peoples; positive approaches demonstrating good practice, innovative approaches to improve housing and homelessness experiences; and a self-determined approach to addressing housing and homelessness.

Size: 2.76 MB
Date: 12 March 2024
Topic
Housing

Submission – First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (Education, Health and Housing)

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria is the independent and democratically elected body that represents First Peoples in Victoria in the state’s Treaty process.

This submission:

  • provides an overview of the Assembly and the Treaty process
  • outlines the inherent rights of First Peoples
  • acknowledges the important role of knowledge holders
  • identifies the structural reform that is needed through Treaty
  • addresses reforms in the education system
  • addresses reforms in the health system
  • addresses reforms in the housing and homelessness system
Size: 827.43 KB
Date: 5 March 2024

Submission – Council to Homeless Persons

Council to Homeless Persons is the peak body representing organisations and individuals in Victoria with a commitment to ending homelessness.

This submission provides data on the higher rates of homelessness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and advocates for a strong and well-resourced Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations that are empowered to develop and deliver unique, responsive solutions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples without a home.

Size: 395.63 KB
Date: 27 February 2024
Topic
Housing

Submission – Victorian Aboriginal Child and Community Agency (Housing and Homelessness)

The Victorian Aboriginal Child and Community Agency (VACCA) is the Peak voice for Aboriginal children in Victoria.

This submission takes a right-based approach centred in Aboriginal self-determination and makes recommendations for reforms and investment to respond to the current and historical housing and homelessness crisis.

Size: 4.41 MB
Date: 24 February 2024
Topic
Housing

Submission – Victorian Aboriginal Child and Community Agency (Family Violence)

The Victorian Aboriginal Child and Community Agency (VACCA) is the Peak voice for Aboriginal children in Victoria.

This submission looks at: Aboriginal family violence in Victoria; the Victorian Government’s family violence reform agenda; the child protection system’s response to family violence; family violence service delivery; policing and legislative responses to family violence; MARAM and VACCA’s leadership in embedding a cultural lens; consistency across jurisdictions; the implementation of international treaties and declarations; the intersection of family violence and homelessness; and reform priorities.

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

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

Submission – Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) (Health, Education, Housing)

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body which works to protect and promote human rights and eliminate discrimination, sexual harassment, vilification, victimisation, and conversion practices to the greatest extent possible.

This submission outlines the legislative framework protecting against racism, or race discrimination and racial vilification, under the EO Act and RRTA. Its makes the case for bolstering protections under discrimination law to improve compliance, and in so doing, work towards eliminating discrimination against First Nations people in Victoria. It also outlines Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human rights under the Charter in the areas of health, education and housing, and makes recommendations for strengthening this framework to comply with international treaty obligations on the rights of Indigenous peoples and on universal economic, social and political rights.

Size: 7.61 MB
Date: 8 February 2024