What is the Gulanga Program?
The Gulanga Program is designed to support ACT community sector organisations to develop and improve upon good, culturally appropriate practice standards. The program employs Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander workers and aims to provide better engagement with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and their families to access the services that will best meet their needs.
The Gulanga Program logo is based on an artwork by Kristie Peters.
The program is supported by funding under the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), which is jointly funded by the ACT and Australian Governments, and the Child, Youth and Family Services Program (CYFSP), an ACT Government funded initiative.
Gulanga Services & Activities
The Gulanga Program provides tailored support for community sector organisations and their staff, including:
- Engaging with agencies to support and promote good practice standards for culturally appropriate community services
- Peer support and mentoring for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples employed in the community sector
- Engaging with government and non-government agencies through forums and networks, over the phone, and face-to-face meetings.
Resources & Tools
Gulanga Program staff identify and develop resources and tools to assist mainstream services to better respond and deliver culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Check out our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources.
Events & Training
We organise training around cultural awareness for non-Indigenous members of the community sector and mainstream services.
Gulanga staff are also involved in organising a variety of during the year, such as for NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week, the Anniversary of the National Apology, and more.
Networks & Working Groups
The Gulanga Program runs and supports a number of email and face-to-face networks including:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Sector Network (ATSIComSec): For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community sector workers in the ACT and region.
- ACT Nannies Group: For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grandmothers in the ACT and region.
- Reconciliation Peer Network: For anyone interested in reconciliation in their workplace.