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Aboriginal Victorians

VCOSS’ vision is of a society where Aboriginal Victorians have achieved health and wellbeing equality and all Aboriginal people have access to and a fair share of the community’s services and resources

VCOSS advocates that self-determination must be the basis of Aboriginal policy, empowering Aboriginal communities to take control of their future and decide how to make progress.

To achieve improved outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians, VCOSS is committed to working collaboratively with Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, Aboriginal Victorians, the broad Victorian community sector and the Victorian Government.

In August 2015 the VCOSS Board also endorsed the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan.

The Close the Gap campaign seeks to achieve health equality by 2030 and calls on governments around the country to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ access to health services; address underlying causes such as poor housing, nutrition, employment and education; and work in partnership with Aboriginal communities,…

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VCOSS is committed to achieving constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australia has come a long way in recognising and celebrating the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians but it is time to bring our constitution into the 21st Century.

Recognition is important for Australia’s…

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Aboriginal self-determination means Aboriginal people are in charge of their own decisions and have ownership of their services.

Aboriginal community control is based on the principles of self-determination, involving community decision making, locally owned resources and deep engagement with the community.

Community control is about self-determination, reconciliation and providing culturally appropriate…

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