VACCA was established in 1978 as a Cooperative under the Victorian Cooperatives Act. As a Co-operative VACCA maintains a member register and it is the members who elect the Directors to the Board at the Annual General Meeting. Only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply for membership to the agency and to apply to stand as Directors.
Through Annual General Meetings and special meetings, the community and membership have the opportunity to provide direction to the Directors in performing their duties as elected representatives.

The Directors meet regularly and are responsible for the operations of the organisation. The Chief Executive Officer represents the staff and reports to the Board of Directors.

Current Directors of VACCA are:




James Atkinson

(Yorta Yorta/ Bangerang)

Currently employed as Manager, Koorie Education with the Department of Education and Training.  Has worked across the Education sector from early childhood, schools, TAFE and the higher education in the fields of policy development, stakeholder and project management.  He has a great deal of organisational experience and has served on Boards at a state and national level. Was one of the founding members of the first Victorian Aboriginal Youth Advisory Committee and a participant in the Koorie Leadership Program.





Margaret Atkinson

(Yorta Yorta/ Taungurung/Wurundjeri)

Currently employed with the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. as a Wurreker Broker. Was previously employed at the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-op and was employed at VACCA for 9½ years. Has completed governance training.






Jason Kanoa


Currently employed as a Senior Project Officer, Indigenous Family Violence at DHHS. Was employed with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service as the Koori Caucus Executive Officer. Has completed governance training and the Indigenous Leadership Network Victoria course..



Deirdre King


Currently employed as CEO of the Aboriginal Community Elders Service. Was previously employed at the Aborigines Advancement League for 17 years and worked at VACCA.  Is a Board Member of VACSAL and is a member of Koolin Balit.  Has completed an Advanced Diploma in Business Management and completed Governance training.





Jason King


Currently employed at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Was previously employed as CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, was on the Board of VACCHO and NACCHO and was previously employed at VACCA. Has completed a Diploma in Business Management.