The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) is calling for significant investment in Victorian based Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations’ (ACCOs) infrastructure to meet the service needs of the Aboriginal population of Victoria. The inadequacy of the existing infrastructure will be further exacerbated by a population which is growing at a rate far greater than the non-Aboriginal demographic, a speed not anticipated by prior funding models.
Without an overhaul of the current funding model and significant investment, Victoria’s Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations’ (ACCOs) will be greatly limited in their ability to deliver services, efficiency and welfare of staff will be greatly compromised, and the capacity to achieve the self-determination goals shared by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Community will be greatly compromised.
- The Victorian government, VACCHO and its Members create a detailed growth and service plan for each member and associated 40 year capital works plan to take into account property maintenance and each building’s life cycle.
- The Victorian Government needs to work in tandem with VACCHO and its Members to build upon the 2013 assessment and update infrastructure strategy for the present and future.
- VACCHO recommends that the Victorian government action this and establish an agreed practice in conjunction with ACCOs and assess sustainable and consistent options of infrastructure investment and funding with the view to creating a detailed growth and service plan for each member, and associated 40 year capital works plan to take into account property maintenance and each building’s lifecycle.