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Bundji Bundji / Tiddas

Bundji Bundji:
From the indigenous Queensland tribal dialect word meaning “strong mateship”.

Bundji Bundji Mission

To empower Indigenous young people by providing culturally appropriate support and advocacy and facilitating a sense of identity through spiritual, cultural and community reconnection.

What Do We Offer?

The Bundji Bundji Partnership provides an outreach support service for at risk Indigenous young people at risk.

Bundji Bundji is a voluntary program which aims to bring Indigenous young people closer to their communities, culture and traditions and offers support by providing:

  • Consistent, trusting & supportive relationships
  • Visits and other supports when in Youth Justice facilities
  • Crucial skills (self esteem, personal strength, sense of responsibility) necessary to the transition process from institutional life to life in the community
  • Linkages to programs run by partner organisations including mentoring, employment, cultural and spiritual awareness programs

Who are the Young People?

Bundji Bundji is available to Indigenous young people residing in the North-West region of Melbourne, aged 10-21 years of age who are:

  • Serving community-based orders in the North/West metropolitan Melbourne
  • ‘At risk’ of entering the Youth Justice System

It is recognised that many of these young people often transition from city to rural settings.

Our Partners

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Narana Creations is an Australian Aboriginal cultural tourism & educational Enterprise that is committed to providing a welcome entree to today’s Indigenous culture. Narana Creations is a division of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress that is the Aboriginal arm of the Uniting Church in Australia. The emphasis is on building healthy relationships and developing a shared understanding. The Congress is wholly controlled by Aboriginal people and works with Aboriginal people building self-reliance and a new future. www.narana.com.au

Tiddas Program

The aim of the Tiddas Program is to provide a culturally-appropriate outreach service for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) women in a holistic and inclusive way. These young women are at risk of entering the Criminal Justice system due to school disengagement and involvement in criminal activity. Operating in metropolitan Melbourne, the program seeks to alleviate barriers to community engagement for these young women, by facilitating a sense of identity through spiritual and cultural reconnection, as well as practical support to access therapeutic services.

The key objectives of the Tiddas program are:

  • Limit the contact of at risk young ATSI women with the Criminal Justice system;
  • Increase the level of school retention for young women in the target group;
  • Work with the families and other networks of young women to support the development of positive goals and community engagement;
  • Assist families to develop the skills to support young women at times of crisis;
  • Support young women to develop appropriate parenting/ family planning skills;
  • Link young women into appropriate supports for drug and alcohol, mental health, housing and other issues;
  • Provide a positive role model for young women through a responsive and reliable outreach worker; and
  • Evaluate and scrutinise service delivery to develop best practice program practices.

We thank Gandel Philanthropy for their support of the Tiddas Program.

Gandel Philanthropy

Bundji Bundji Relocation

The Bundji Bundji program has relocated from Parkville to the Minajalku Centre in Thornbury.

13 Rossmoyne Street
Thornbury VIC 3071

Tel: 03 9445 0770
Fax: 03 9480 1186

Direct Lines:

Aboriginal Services Manager
Thelma Austin
0448 096 047

Tiddas Coordinator
Ashlee Luttrell
03 9445 0768

Northern Coordinator
Arthur Ellis
03 9445 0769







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