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The Maggolee website, developed by Reconciliation Victoria, supports engagement and partnerships between local government and Aboriginal communities.



For information about formally Recognised Traditional Owners visit First Peoples - State Relations' interactive map and search the Local Government Area name (e.g. LGA: Ballarat) or a street address. You can also refer to First Peoples - State Relations' Welcomes and Acknowledgements Protocol.

Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation 

Level 1, Providence Building, Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

Phone: (03) 9416 2905


Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited (VACSAL)

51 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

(03) 9416 4266



Elizabeth Morgan House Aborignal Women’s Service Inc.

P.O. Box 167 Fairfield, Vic 3078

Ph: (03) 9482 5744


Local Aboriginal Network (LAN) Broker | Northern Metro Inner East 

Cathy Austin | 03 8392 5334 |

Renaming the Federal Electoral Division of Batman

In the spirit of reconciliation, Darebin Council has made a joint submission to Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to rename the Federal Electoral Division of Batman on behalf of the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Corporation (Wurundjeri Council), together with the City of Yarra. The joint submission proposes that the electorate of Batman be renamed Simon Wonga. Simon Wonga was an inspiring and visionary Indigenous leader and Ngurungaeta (‘head-man’) of the Wurundjeri people in the early to mid-1800s at a time when their future was uncertain. Darebin Mayor, Cr Kim Le Cerf, says that the “name change will acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the first inhabitants and traditional owners of this area”. Find out more here.

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Please note that the information contained within the Aboriginal Community Profile was gathered in 2014. It is now out of date. A refresh of this data is currently being undertaken and the updated results will be available soon.


The City of Darebin reported the following good practices in their response to the 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey and subsequent updates.

  • Flies both flags permanently above the Town Hall
  • Engages with Traditional Owners
  • Acknowledges Country
  • Arranges Welcome to Country
  • Uses Aboriginal language to name projects or places
  • Provides local government candidate information to Aboriginal people
  • Has an Aboriginal Advisory Committee or similar structure
  • Engages with local Aboriginal organisations
  • Engages with Local Indigenous Networks
  • Employs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
  • Collects data on employee Aboriginal identity
  • Employs a full time Aboriginal Contact Officer
  • Has a general Employment policy that encourages employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Provides cross cultural awareness training to staff and/or Councillors
  • Includes Aboriginal specific commitments in Council strategic documents
  • Has an Aboriginal engagement/consultation policy
  • Has an Aboriginal Action Plan or similar
  • Provides Aboriginal specific funding
  • Provides support for Aboriginal arts and culture through a range of program areas
  • Has a documented Aboriginal history of the municipality
  • Has a place naming project which will include consideration of Aboriginal language to name sites
  • Supports or organises events that celebrate Aboriginal culture
  • Has worked with a RAP to protect local significant sites
  • Has worked with a RAP to build greater community awareness
  • Library has Aboriginal specific programs
  • Provides Aboriginal-specific HACC services
  • Provides Aboriginal specific maternal and child health responses
  • Provides Aboriginal specific childcare programs
  • Runs Aboriginal specific youth programs
  • Works with local agencies to support Aboriginal young people
  • Supports local Aboriginal economic development
  • Is involved in local Aboriginal tourism


274 Gower Street, PRESTON 3072

PO Box 91, PRESTON 3072

Tel: 03 8470 8888

Fax: 03 8470 8877




Stuart McFarlane

PO Box 91, PRESTON 3072

Tel: 03 8470 8366 / 0427 797 668


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