Since its establishment in 1973, VALS has advocated for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria. We remain committed to closing the “justice gap” and believe that self-determination for Aboriginal communities is at the core of achieving this goal.
We are committed to:
• Promoting the rights of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to empowerment, identity and culture
• Ensuring that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy their rights, are aware of their responsibilities under the law and have access to culturally appropriate advice, assistance and representation
• Reducing the disproportionate involvement of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system
• Promoting review and amendment of legislation, policies and other practices that discriminate against Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For further information about our strategic advocacy and law reform work, please contact our Head of Policy, Communications and Strategy, Andreea Lachsz on firstname.lastname@example.org