Deadly Story is the result of the working partnership between the following organisations.

The Koorie Heritage TrustThe Koorie Heritage Trust

We are a not for profit Aboriginal owned and operated organisation with our Aboriginal communities as key stakeholders. At the Trust, we offer a wealth of skills and expertise including cultural knowledge, community and corporate networks, collection management, curatorial, education and research experience.

In line with our values of respect, honesty, reciprocity and curiosity, we are also a place for everyone; a unique, inclusive and welcoming space for all people to experience, learn, connect and reconnect with the substantial and varied Aboriginal culture, heritage and histories of Victoria. We provide a unique, culturally rich environment that welcomes and encourages Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to come together in the spirit of learning and reconciliation.

We recognise that what it is to be an Aboriginal person living in Victoria today is continually reinvented and expanded, and we are committed to fostering genuine engagement through authentic and accessible programs and services that push the boundaries of how we connect with our stakeholders. We constantly monitor and measure our successes in order to:

  • Ensure we are an organisation valued by the Aboriginal and broader community 
  • Be recognised as a key Aboriginal creative and cultural attraction 
  • Develop key partnerships with corporate, philanthropic and cultural organisations 
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal KHT employees and members of the KHT Board

The Koorie Heritage Trust offers a range of programs and services including:

The Koorie Heritage Trust Website


SNAICC was formally established in 1981 after the creation of such a body was proposed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the 'First Aboriginal Child Survival Seminar' held in Melbourne in 1979. The organisation elected its first national executive in 1982 and has received Federal Government funding support from 1983.

SNAICC has a dynamic membership base of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based child care agencies, Multi-functional Aboriginal Children’s Services (MACS), crèches, long day care child care services, pre-schools, early childhood education services, early childhood support organisations, family support services, foster care agencies, family reunification services, family group homes, services for young people at risk, community groups and voluntary associations, government agencies and individual supporters.

SNAICC also has a network and subscriber base of over 10,000 organisations and individuals from community based services and individuals and state and federal agencies nationally who share an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children.

An Australian society in which the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and families are protected; our communities are empowered to determine their own futures; and our cultural identity is valued.

SNAICC is the national non-governmental peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. We work for the fulfilment of the rights of our children, in particular to ensure their safety, development and well-being.

Strong, healthy, self-determining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, connected to family and culture.

SNAICC's Pillars
SNAICC adopts the following five strategic pillars to prioritise our work to achieve our goal.
We believe that we can realise our goal when each of these pillars are achieved.

  1. Culturally strong families and communities
  2. Strong members and other services
  3. Culturally strong and responsive laws, policies and practices
  4. Awareness and understanding among the broader population
  5. Strong and effective national peak body for children

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is the largest national day to celebrate our children.  Children’s Day is celebrated across Australia each year on 4 August.

Children's Day is a time to for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every child.

Children's Day activities are held across Australia every year in many different ways such as a community morning tea or a BBQ, cultural arts and craft sessions, cultural exchanges, concerts and performances, competitions, sporting days, games and activities, and so much more.

Children's Day has also been used to highlight the needs of our children and families, and the important issues facing them. It has included some strong political themes, including the removal of children from their families, child poverty, human rights, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination.

Family Matters: Strong Communities. Strong Culture. Stronger Children

SNAICC is proud to led Australia’s national campaign Family Matters: Strong Communities. Strong Culture. Stronger Children , supported by a Strategic Alliance of over 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous organisations, leading academics and prominent educational institutions.

Family Matters aims to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 2040 and ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.

We need a new approach. An approach that trusts Aboriginal people to deal with Aboriginal business, and that includes genuine collaboration and partnership, empowers communities and involves long-term government support across the country.

SNAICC Website

The Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner CorporationsThe Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations

The Federation is the peak body representing Traditional Owner Corporations across Victoria. Our corporations represent thousands of individual Traditional Owner members and the Federation provides a platform for our shared views.

Our aims are to work in partnership with government and industry in decision-making about Country, create opportunities for economic development and share our traditional knowledge to care for Country.

The Federation has established two joint ventures companies with leading businesses to power opportunity for our people. Barpa is a construction company set up with multi-national Cockram and On Country Heritage & Consulting offers services relating to cultural heritage management. In addition to creating careers, the dividends are reinvested back into cultural strengthening projects as the direction of our members.

Federation members meeting on Dja Dja Wurrung Country

Barpa workers at Puckapunyal

The Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations Website


The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the lead Aboriginal child and family welfare organisation in Victoria, protecting and promoting the rights of Aboriginal children and young people. We provide programs and services to reinforce Aboriginal culture and encourage best parenting practices, and advise government in relation to child abuse and neglect in the Aboriginal community.
We are a statewide Aboriginal community controlled organisation advocating for the rights of Aboriginal children, young people and families, and providing them with services premised on human rights, self-determination, cultural respect and safety.

Our Vision
Our children, young people, families and communities are thriving – culturally strong, empowered and safe.

Our Purpose
To strengthen the safety, wellbeing and cultural connectedness of Aboriginal children, individuals and families in their community.

VACCA is a QIC accredited organisation!

QIC accreditation confirms that VACCA complies with standards and regulations set out in quality and funding standards, but it means more than just compliance. Accreditation against the QIC Standards means that VACCA takes a quality improvement approach to the organisation and its services. A continuous quality improvement approach is ongoing identification of organisational and service strengths and areas for improvement. This then results in a work plan to improve identified areas, so that there is always ongoing improvement of the organisation and its services.

What does this mean?

VACCA is committed to:

  • The delivery of quality services that are safe for clients.
  • Providing credible assurance about the quality of service, so clients can be confident  about the service they receive
  • Reducing business risk
  • Educating and supporting staff in the provision of quality service
  • Building a culture of quality within the organisation
  • Complying with regulatory requirements

VACCA Website


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Department of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Health and Human Services

Our vision is to achieve the best health, wellbeing and safety of all Victorians so that they can lead a life they value.

We take a broad view of the causes of ill health, the drivers of good health, the social and economic context in which people live, and the incidence and experience of vulnerability. This allows us to place people at the heart of policy making, service design and service delivery.

The department’s structure provides for integrated work across health and human services.

The department provides many services directly to the community through its operational divisions, located across 17 areas of the state. Each division covers a mix of rural outer-metropolitan and inner-metropolitan areas of Victoria.

In addition, we fund almost 2,000 other organisations to deliver vital health and human services care. We also partner with other parts of the Victorian public service, federal and local governments and communities to build community infrastructure capacity, participation and resilience.

The combined effort of these partners working together drives positive long-term change for individuals and families, particularly those with multiple and complex needs spanning issues such as mental health, housing, drugs and alcohol, chronic health conditions and disability.

Department of Health and Human Services Website

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material. To listen to our Acknowledgement of Country, click here.