Reconciliation Action Plan

Reconciliation Action Plan

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are significantly more likely than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to face imprisonment and child removal by state authorities.

Victoria Legal Aid's Reconciliation Action Plan 2015–2018 provides a number of measurable steps to improve our service response to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

We will take these activities where possible in collaboration with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service.

Read the Reconciliation Action Plan 2015–2018 (pdf, 1.41 MB) or the accessible Word version (351.5 KB).

The focus of the plan

Our reconciliation action plan includes clear time frames, accountabilities and performance measures for future action in four areas:

  • improving access to our legal services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • building cultural awareness of our staff
  • advocacy for systemic change
  • improving employment opportunities at Victoria Legal Aid for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our future goals

We expect these activities will lead to:

  • better legal assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients with a focus on preventative and early intervention services
  • strengthened staff awareness, attitudes and practices towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients
  • a continuing partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service
  • participating in law reform activities that address the barriers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face getting legal help
  • more employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at Victoria Legal Aid.

Legal needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

In 2013 we partnered with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and James Cook University in a research project investigating the civil and family law needs of Indigenous Victorians.

Our research identified significant unmet legal needs in a range of areas. This includes:

  • housing related legal issues
  • credit and debt
  • discrimination
  • disputes with neighbours
  • child protection
  • social security
  • compensation for victims
  • Wills.

Read more about the Indigenous Legal Needs Project.

Read the plan

You can download the Reconciliation Action Plan 2015–2018 (pdf, 1.41 MB) or the accessible Word version (351.5 KB).

Our first year report card

The RAP was launched in May 2015 and the report card is a snapshot of our progress until to May 2016.

Download the Reconciliation Action Plan report card on the first year (pdf, 1.21 MB) or the accessible Word version (2.62 MB).

More information

Alongside our reconciliation plan, our Aboriginal and Torres ​Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2016–18 provides measurable actions that will work towards strengthening employment opportunities and workplace support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. 

Read more about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2016–18.

Conta​ct

For more information please contact Client Access on (03) 9269 0234.