VALS has been promoting justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within Victoria for nearly 50 years. Our people have been instrumental in the drafting of Native title legislation, in promoting health based and holistic responses to the issue of necessitating such responses.
We ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are heard. VALS seeks to give voices to people that have historically not been given a voice in public debate and to ensure that their stories are heard.
Our programs focus on holistic support and we acknowledge the complex challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. VALS’ Baggarrook program helps women to transition from prison back into the community. The program assists clients with housing support and provides culturally appropriate care.
Our teams of Community Service Officers are passionate, talented and caring individuals that support our clients through challenging times and interactions with the Victorian legal system. They work closely with our legal teams to provide holistic support.