This page provides links to resources, services, government agencies and support organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory organisation reporting to the Australian Government. This section of the Commission’s website is about social justice issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Australian Government Department of Health – Indigenous Health
This Australian Government website has information about government programs and policies that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
This is the Australian Government department responsible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
affairs. The website has information about policies and programs to support Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
This website shares information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It’s a ‘one-stop info-shop’ for improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This Australian Government website celebrates the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It keeps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people informed about government services and programs. The website includes sections on health, schooling and early childhood.
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
This is the national peak body representing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) throughout Australia. These services deliver holistic, comprehensive and culturally appropriate health care to the communities that control them.
Information and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kinship carers
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s services and also provides training and resources for kinship carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Phone SNAICC on (03) 9489 8099. SNAICC’s Supporting Carers website has information and tips for kinship carers.
Below is a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in each state or territory with links and phone numbers. They provide a range of programs to support kinship carers.
Australian Capital Territory
The Community Services Directorate Cultural Services Team can help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kinship and foster carers find resources and support. Phone (02) 6205 4966.
New South Wales
- The Aboriginal Child Family and Community Care Secretariat NSW provides training, support groups and newsletters. Phone (02) 9559 5299.
- The Aboriginal State-wide Foster Carer Support Service (ASFCSS) is a
free telephone advice and advocacy service for the carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Phone 1800 888 698 (free call).
The NT Department of Children and Families (DCF) provides training and support for carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Northern Territory. Visit Carer Community for more information or phone 1800 814 599.
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foster and kinship care agency contacts. Phone Child Safety Services on 1800 811 810.
Aboriginal Family Support Services provides training for carers, support groups and cultural camps for children. Phone (08) 8205 1500.
The runs playgroups and provides parenting advice and other family support to carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children throughout Tasmania. It offers long day care and after-school care for children up to 12 years at the Aboriginal Children’s Centre in Hobart. Phone 1800 132 260.
The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) provides training for carers, support groups, and cultural and parenting information. Phone (03) 8388 1855.
Yorganop is an association providing services including training for carers. Phone (08) 9321 9090.