Koori Family Hearing Day
In 2016 the Children’s Court in Broadmeadows established a Koori Family Hearing Day, known as Marram-Ngala Ganbu, meaning ‘We are One’. The Marram-Ngala Ganbu Koori Hearing day aims to improve outcomes for Koori children involved in child protection proceedings by providing a culturally appropriate process to assist in decision making.
On Thursday 26 October 2017, Ashley Morris, Koori Services Coordinator at the Broadmeadows Children’s Court presented an information session on the Koori Hearing day. The session discussed the development of the Koori Hearing day, challenges faced in setting up the court and the future of Koori Hearing days in the Family Division.
Section 18 Children, Youth and Families Act 2005
On 7 December 2017 a session was delivered on the legislative provisions and policy relating to Section 18 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, which relates to the transfer of responsibility from the Secretary to an Aboriginal agency to exercise functions and powers in relation to a protection order in respect of an Aboriginal child.
This session was presented by Anna Gibson, Legal Counsel with VACCA's In-House Legal Service and Kylie Ponchard, VACCA Kinship Care Program Team Leader.