Attendees at Woor-Dungin’s Income Generation and Resources Group workshop, 4 October 2017

Woor-Dungin’s latest Income Generation and Resources Group (IGRG) workshop was held on 4 October.

IGRG workshops are held quarterly and provide an opportunity for our Aboriginal community-controlled partner organisations to meet philanthropic grantmakers, pro bono service providers and student-placement supervisors.

Presenting at the latest workshop was Hayley Gallery, Charity Partner Manager at GoodCompany.

GoodCompany is a workplace-giving, charity-donation and skilled-volunteer platform founded in 1999.

Woor-Dungin’s partners consistently report finding IGRG workshops helpful and informative, and often follow up sessions with funding applications – sometimes with success.

Willum Warrain, for instance, applied for and received funding from CAGES Foundation for their Welcome Baby to Country initiative and for their bush playgroup, following EO Rachel Kerry’s presentation in April 2017. They also received funding from Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust’s Chris Friday Sub-Fund to help Aboriginal women fleeing domestic violence with rental bonds, following General Manager Carolyn Munckton’s presentation, also in April.

Tanderrum 2017. Photo courtesy of Sunarazzi Photography

The IGRG workshop was followed by a meeting with members of Towards a Just Society Fund, a sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation, members of Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership (FIL) and members of Woor-Dungin’s partner organisations. The Towards a Just Society Fund is exploring ways of establishing an Aboriginal advisory committee to help inform its fund disbursement decisions.

The day was capped off with a visit by members of Woor-Dungin, our partner organisations and FIL to Federation Square to witness Tanderrum, a coming together of the five clans of the Central Kulin Nation co-presented by Woor-Dungin alumnus partner ILBIJERRI Theatre CompanyTanderrum opens the Melbourne Festival each year and has quickly become an essential part of it.

Woor-Dungin has recently entered the world of social media with our very own Facebook page. It had been on the agenda for some time, but it was the publication in late August of Uncle Larry Walsh’s story on NITV that brought forward our launch.

You can go to our Facebook page here.

New research shining a light on historical ‘criminalisation’ of Victorian children in care has been released by Professor Bronwyn Naylor of RMIT University’s Graduate School of Business and Law.

The paper, ‘‘Criminal records’ of children on being made wards of state’, shows that until 1991 there was significant overlap in the ways that the Victorian Children’s Court made child protection and sentencing orders, and protection orders appeared on the same register as sentencing orders. It is not clear that protection orders had the status of a criminal order but they seem to have often been experienced as if they were criminal. The welfare and criminal roles of the Children’s Court were separated by 1989.

Professor Naylor is a member of the Advisory Committee of Woor-Dungin’s Criminal Record Discrimination Project.

Read ‘‘Criminal records’ of children on being made wards of state’ here.

Members of Woor-Dungin’s Criminal Record Discrimination Project legal team in Nov 2016; Deanne is on the right


We would like to introduce Deanne Hill, who has just commenced a six-month traineeship with Woor-Dungin.

Deanne is a Wemba Wemba woman from north-western Victoria who has been involved in Woor-Dungin for approximately one year, most recently as volunteer Executive Assistant.

Deanne will be working on the following projects and activities:

Additionally Deanne will provide administrative support to Woor-Dungin partner Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association.

We are very pleased to welcome Deanne to our team.