Darebin has a long standing relationship with the Aboriginal community and is committed to strengthening the partnership to continue the journey towards reconciliation.
Darebin City Council acknowledges the traditional owners of the land; the Wurundjeri people and pays respect to their Elders both past and present.
Darebin Council's commitment and relationship with the Darebin Aboriginal community is articulated in Darebin Council’s Darebin Council's Statement of Commitment 2008.
Darebin City Council is working towards building strong partnerships with the local Aboriginal community and developing programs and delivery of services that are culturally appropriate to Aboriginal people in the municipality. Darebin Council recognises that local government can and should play a key leadership role in strengthening community participation and capacity to engage and influence Council matters (Darebin Council Plan 2013-2017). Council also acknowledges that these actions contribute to the journey towards reconciliation.
We are working towards a racism-free Darebin where our community's diversity is valued, celebrated, respected, embraced and leveraged. Join our efforts to help spread attention to the 'Racism. It Stops With Me' campaign.
Through our Anti-Racism Strategy 2012-2015 (extended to 2017) we work towards a racism-free Darebin where our community's diversity is valued, celebrated, respected, embraced and leveraged. Darebin is an official supporter of the Federal Government's Racism. It Stops With Me campaign which invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism, wherever it happens.
Report Racism is a new initiative where you can report if you have been subject to racism or witnessed racism in the community.
Darebin City Council, Preston Customer Service have become a special reporting place in a trial of providing an opportunity to the community to report racism to the Human Rights Commission with supporting staff at specific location . The pilot targets the Aboriginal community in the first instance but any report of racism will be accepted.
Reporting places allow community members to report racism to organisations or individuals they know and trust. If a person wants to make an anonymous report, the reporting place can make the report on their behalf. Staff at these reporting locations will provide advice on how to put in a report and explain how the process works. Reports can also be lodged on line at: www.reportracism.com.au. All reports can be lodged anonymously.
A number of designated Report Racism locations have been identified including Preston Customer Service. The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and some local police stations are also reporting places. The reporting places are located in the cities of Darebin, Yarra, Whittlesea and Shepparton. Click here for a list of Reporting Places.
The Report Racism initiative allows people to report racism (discrimination or vilification) where they have been either personally discriminated against or have been witness to racism. The initiative provides the community with an opportunity to reporting racism safely and confidently.
Report Racism is an initiative of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) in partnership with Victorian Police and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.
For further information please see www.reportracism.com.au .
If you have questions about this initiative please contact:
Aboriginal Contacts Officer
Ph: 8470 8366
Aboriginal Action Plan
Council’s work supporting the Aboriginal community is progressed through the Aboriginal Action plan (2012-2015) (extended to 2017). This work is reflective of our commitment to Equity and Inclusion and the Aboriginal Action Plan cascades from this policy. The Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee monitors the implementation of the Aboriginal Action Plan.
Darebin Aboriginal Action Plan 2012-2015 (17)
The Aboriginal Action Plan (2012-2015) formalises Council’s long–standing commitment and relationship with the Darebin Aboriginal community, extending on Council’s Statement of Commitment to its Aboriginal community first adopted in 1988. The Plan maps Council’s future directions, strengthening Council’s partnerships in facilitating a more inclusive and equitable society through a range of actions and commitments that respect the principles and philosophies of community control and self-determination. These principles value Aboriginal people’s right to full and equal participation in community life as a priority in achieving Council’s broader goals of achieving an equitable and just society.
The plan was developed with the support of the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee, following engagement with the community throughout 2011 and 2012, and was endorsed by Council on 10 December 2012. The plan is being reviewed and updated in 2017 in line with the new Council Plan.
Aboriginal Advisory Committee
The Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee
DAAC was launched in September 2011 as an official community advisory committee to Council. The committee plays an important role in monitoring the implementation of Darebin’s Aboriginal Action Plan (2012-2015).
The DAAC’s focus is to:
Aboriginal Contacts Officer
- Provide strategic advice to Council and advocate on issues and barriers to access and equality, which affect Aboriginal people in the City of Darebin.
- Promote and advocate for social inclusion and social justice outcomes for Darebin’s Aboriginal communities, with a view to informing and improving Council decision making in relation to policy, program, and service delivery.
- Assist Council in gaining a greater awareness and improving responsiveness to address Aboriginal cultural heritage responsibilities.
- Advocate for and support Aboriginal community engagement.
- Assist Council to achieve more effective relationships and partnerships with the Aboriginal community wherever possible and demystify complex cultural issues and sensitivities requiring cooperation and collaboration.
Our Aboriginal Contact Officer's role is to improve the understanding and awareness of Aboriginal culture and to provide culturally appropriate guidance to staff and council when engaging and working alongside Aboriginal people and their respective communities. The Aboriginal contact officer role is also a pivotal working connection between Aboriginal community and Council and this role is acknowledged for its cultural importance, knowledge and specialisation with bridging community with Council.
Terminology: Aboriginal, Aborigine, Koori or Indigenous?
There are no clear-cut rules, but if in doubt, it is best-practice to use the term Aboriginal – as in the Aboriginal community, or Aboriginal person. Some Aboriginal people have mixed feelings about the use of other terms such as Indigenous and Aborigine because of negative historical associations. Koori is another word frequently used by Aboriginal people in South Eastern Australia, but this is an informal term and best to be avoided by non-Aboriginal people.
(with kind permission from Yarra City Council)