First Nations people living in Victoria.
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as our First Peoples and uphold your culture, history, diversity and deep connection to the land. We recognise the harm caused by race discrimination and vilification. It is against the law to treat you unfairly or bully you because you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. In Victoria, First Nations people also have cultural rights under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.
"As we were leaving, the security guard deliberately singled Ash and Tai out for a bag search. He wasn’t stopping anyone else, and I just knew that the only reason he stopped them was because they’re Aboriginal."
‘It’s been so difficult for me to find the right home for me and my kids. To be told I was not able to rent this home because I am a single mum was a huge blow.’
‘He made me feel so uncomfortable at work. I was so happy with my job but not long after he grabbed me, I had to quit.’
‘I love playing netball but as soon as I realised the boos and comments only happened when I had the ball, I just didn’t want to play anymore.’
"I was put on a ‘compulsory treatment order’. It meant the hospital could give me whatever treatment they wanted, even if I didn’t want it. But even when you’re on getting treatment like that, you still have rights."
You can request to speak to a First Nations staff member. All our staff are specifically trained to support First Nations people.
We promote self-determination in our advocacy and law reform work, including legal interventions and policy submissions.
Find out more about our work
Our strategy shapes our work and connections with the First Nations community. It lays the foundation as we further improve how we engage and deliver services to First Nations people.
Read our strategy