Supporting Indigenous Australians

Support development in Indigenous communities


What we're doing

Building strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities so that they can drive their own development.

Our goal

To create life in all its fullness for Australian Indigenous children.

We know that no two contexts are the same.

Each community has unique needs and priorities and requires tailored solutions. In each case, it’s critical that local people drive the change they want to see.

In Australia, we support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to lead their own development and build on their strengths. We do this at the national level by engaging with governments, and at a local level by partnering with communities.

Our partnerships begin when Indigenous Australian communities invite us to work together and to share our development expertise.

Read an overview of World Vision's Australia Program.

Our work


Early childhood development

Partnering with 11 Indigenous communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, we deliver early childhood care and development (ECCD) projects.

In partnership with four Warlpiri communities in Central Australia, we support local families to raise strong, healthy and happy children through community-led early childhood reference groups, local training and employment opportunities and fostering connections between service providers.  View video.

In partnership with three Martu communities in the Pilbara we support early childhood care and education through community playgroups, local training and employment opportunities and fostering links schools and other local service providers.

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Our early childhood work in Punmu

Empowering Martu families and communities

In collaboration with the Western Australian Government we deliver an Aboriginal early years’ service in Derby. The Bubanil playgroup provides a welcoming place for parents to spend time with their children and engage in education and learning activities which support their child’s transition to school.



World Vision works closely with three remote communities along the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley. In its infancy stages, the project is working with communities to design and plan early childhood and youth development projects following the identification of local needs and priorities. View video



Youth development

Through recognising and building on the inherent strengths of Indigenous cultures our Young Mob program nurtures healthy adolescent development and life skills.

A positive youth development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Young Mob promotes leadership, life skills, identity and connection to culture. Young Mob is currently run in schools and juvenile justice institutions in  NSW with plans to expand into Victoria late 2016.

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Young Mob changing young lives

Young Mob visit desert Martu

Young Mob participant Mark Thorne shares his story


Leadership and governance

Supporting Indigenous communities to grow strong leaders, we deliver leadership projects in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Aboriginal organisation Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) and World Vision have partnered to develop a leadership program which equips participants for effective engagement in both Martu communities and mainstream society. The program aims to support Martu to build prosperous and community-driven futures for themselves and their communities.

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Young Mob visit desert Martu

Martu Leadership Program increases community well-being

Channels of Hope is a faith-based development program run in two communities in Central Australia and Brisbane. It provides faith leaders with the tools to address gender inequality in their teachings and to lead their congregations and communities to find local solutions to gender-based violence.


Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Reconciliation is essential to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  We are committed to our own journey of reconciliation and invite others to join us and the communities we partner with.   

Our Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2018 signals World Vision’s continued public commitment to the reconciliation process.

Read our Reconciliation Action Plan.

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