World Vision has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities since 1974. During this time we have gained first-hand experience and understanding of the strengths and challenges, including structural barriers, which impact on Indigenous Australian people and their communities.
Disadvantages resulting from dispossession, institutionalisation and separation reach across the sectors of health, education, employment and justice.
- Indigenous Australians continue to experience higher rates of heart disease and chronic illness,
- higher rates of child and maternal mortality,
- lower participation in school,
- lower indicators in numeracy and literacy,
- a disproportionate representation in detention and child protection cases.
In addition many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in remote regions of Australia where access to employment and other services is expensive and limited.
Despite these challenges, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have incredible strength, leadership and vision to overcome disadvantage and drive their own development.
Through our strategic partnerships and projects, we are committed to supporting families and communities to access the knowledge, skills and services they need to achieve their goals and effect lasting social change.
Advocating for change is an integral part of World Vision's Indigenous Australian programming. This takes place at the national level through our engagement with the Australian Government on effective development practice, and at a project level where we are invited to contribute our expertise and work in partnership with communities and services in urban, regional and remote locations across Australia.
Our combined efforts address:
- Child-focused development and improving quality of services for Indigenous Australians
- Early childhood education
- Youth leadership and education
- Governance (strengthening or developing the structures, processes and people that help support good decision making)
- Education and employment
- Training in how to assess if development activities are working (making sure that all segments of a community can have their say).
You can see a full list of our current projects in Australia here.