SRAC is a community organisation based in Penrith providing a range of programs to address the ongoing disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. SRAC deliver NDIS and MAC services, Disability Advocacy, Aboriginal Community Outreach & CHSP social support services. We facilitate early diagnosis and early intervention of disability and/or at-risk behaviours, education, family supports, cultural connection and capacity building training and support services in an environment that fosters resilience and self-determination.
Then known as ‘Sydney Regional Aboriginal Corporation Legal Service (SRACLS)’, our organisation was founded by Trevor Christian OAM in 1996 with funding from ATSIC to provide legal services at a regional level to what was recognised as the most disadvantaged and marginalised sector of the community. Uncle Trevor realised the massive over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system, the disproportionate number of Aboriginal people in the prison population, and the critical importance of addressing underlying criminal justice issues facing Aboriginal Australia.
In 2006, after funding for this service ceased, the Organisation became Sydney Region Aboriginal Corporation (SRAC), and began working with Aboriginal people with disabilities, and their families providing Advocacy (Indigenous Disability Advocacy Service, or IDAS) and Social Support groups.
We have continued to grow and evolve, and now include a range of services to our local Aboriginal communities including NDIS and My Aged Care services and programs within schools and the Justice system that empower, build capacity and foster social & emotional wellbeing in a culturally safe and inclusive environment. Our organisation prides itself on strengthening our participants through social engagement, building on their skills and empowering them to reengage in community.
We continue Uncle Trevor’s legacy to this day, representing the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in our Community and providing them with the tools to enable them to regain choice and control of their own lives.
Sydney Region Aboriginal Corporation (SRAC) strongly believe that all of our participants have the right to access the most appropriate care and support services to develop self-sufficiency and enable them to remain independent within in the community.
As an Indigenous organisation we know that Indigenous people face greater challenges and have unique care needs and we understand the importance of culture and the value of extended family, kinship networks and community in the Care and support of our community, particularly our Aged and people living with disability.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sydney Region Aboriginal Corporation’s Board of Directors meets quarterly and oversee the strategic direction of SRAC.
Quality Assurance Manager
SRAC's artwork was created by Campbelltown based Aboriginal artist Michael Fardon. Michael holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Western Sydney.
Michael is a Dharawal man and self-taught artist who lives and works on his country in a wide range of styles and mediums including painting and digital formats.
Michael works closely with community and schools to create collaborative mural art with Indigenous students.
SRAC is a community controlled not-for-profit organisation. We are a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) with endorsement from the Australian Tax Office for Charity Tax Concessions and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. All donations over two dollars are tax deductible.
There are a number of ways you or your organisation can support SRAC:
• Donate- make a one-off or recurring tax deductible donation
• Fundraising - you can choose to raise funds for SRAC individually, through your school, local club or even organise a sporting event! Contact us with your fundraising idea, register your event with us, and you’re on your way.
• Volunteer - come along and help us provide a range of services to our community
• Shop- make a purchase from our online store
• Corporate Partnerships - based on shared values and making a positive contribution to your community.
We are so grateful for your support, helping to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For more information please call us on (02) 4721 1536.
BECOME A MEMBER
Sydney Region Aboriginal Corporation is built on the land of the Darug people. SRAC builds capabilities and creates opportunities by delivering community focussed and culturally centred programs.
You can apply to become a Member of SRAC if you are:
at least 18 years of age; and
an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person normally and permanently residing in the boundaries of Greater Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains