Our Guiding Principles

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Our Vision: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination - Live, Experience and Be.

Our Purpose: Supporting culturally strong, safe and thriving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Together with our Vision and Purpose, our principles are held dear by VACCA’s workforce and guide all that we do. 

We believe in Aboriginal peoples’ right to self-determination, the rights of the child and we commit to upholding Victorian Aboriginal cultural protocols.


Our Principles

Best interest of the child


Our children have the right to be heard, to be nurtured and safe.

Children have the right to the best life opportunities including access to education, healthcare and the chance to develop social and emotional wellbeing.

Aboriginal children have the right to their Aboriginal identity.

Wherever possible we believe that families offer the best environment for raising children.

Aboriginal Cultural Observance


We believe that observance and compliance with Aboriginal protocols, cultural practice and ceremony is integral to helping us achieve successful outcomes.



We respect the individual and collective cultural rights and responsibilities of Aboriginal people in our operations, management and delivery of our services.



We believe in the fundamental right of self-determination for Aboriginal communities. We are committed to strengthening understanding and empowerment in the exercise of rights and discharge of associated obligations as First Peoples.

Healing and empowerment


We believe in empowering the people we serve.

We use a strengths-based approach in our services to help our clients make choices for their future.



We believe that the community we service expects and is entitled to a high quality and professional service.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material. To listen to our Acknowledgement of Country, click here.