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About Us

Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd was created by and for the Aboriginal people of East Gippsland, Victoria.

Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative Limited is a community controlled not-for-profit organisation with proud history that is dated back to 1972.

At this time the East Gippsland Aboriginal Women’s Group was formed, consisting of approximately 67 proud, strong and resilient women and men in response to the poor health and housing outcomes experienced by Aboriginal families across the region.

In 1975 the Women’s Group became incorporated as East Gippsland Aboriginal Medical Services Cooperative Limited (a Community Advancement Society).

Significantly in 1978, the Co-operative registered a name change to Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative Limited (GEGAC) as it is known today.

Today, GEGAC is located across a number of sites in Bairnsdale, with the main office at 37-53 Dalmahoy Street, Bairnsdale.

In response to Community need GEGAC offers a full range of holistic services for Aboriginal people that includes but is not limited to medical, housing, community wellbeing, family support, education, employment and most importantly a place of cultural connection and representation for all Aboriginal people.

GEGAC would like to acknowledge that we would not exist if not for the founding members who showed courage and leadership to stand up and act for all Aboriginal people in Gippsland and East Gippsland.

Fighting for equality, recognition and respect to improve the quality of life for all Aboriginal people.

Our Values

Trust: Our legacy and reputation come from a strong community voice and forward-thinking, reliable, and determined leadership that builds trust and loyalty

Respect: We show commitment to each other and our shared history through kindness, compassion and respect to all people, no matter who they are or where they have come from

Integrity: We act with integrity and without judgement in all our dealings by being honest, transparent and accountable

Connection: Our services are delivered by and for community, so our mob is strong, resilient, and stays connected to each other, family, culture and country

Cultural Safety: Culture sites at the heart of what we do so our mob always feel safe, welcome, and empowered to celebrate our spiritual and cultural identity

Our Publications

Read and download GEGAC’s Annual Reports, and formal planning documents like our Strategic Plan.

Rights + Responsibilities

All clients and patients of GEGAC have certain rights and responsibilities.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Aboriginal culture is core to GEGAC’s values, and we will always be a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal peoples and our LGBTQIA+ Mob, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, non-binary, sistergirls, brotherboys, and intersex.

For GEGAC, this means we embrace the diversity of our Aboriginal community and any non-Aboriginal family members of community.

As cultural integrity is the cornerstone of our services, we will make all our community feel welcome in our services and embrace their needs and identities as individuals.

We understand that not everybody will require the same approach, instead we consider their needs as an individual, as a family, as a community.

Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

For more information about GEGAC’s obligations to keep children safe:

All GEGAC staff, office holders, contractors and volunteers are required to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with a Child Safe organisation, and failure to uphold these obligations may result in disciplinary action.

To make a confidential complaint, please contact GEGAC’s Complaints Officer via our website, by phone or by post.

GEGAC is fully accredited against QIC Health and Community Services Standards 7th Ed, and Human Services Standards (DFFH).