How can Link-Up assist me?
Link-Up organisations provide a range of services to members of the Stolen Generations, their families, and foster and adoptive families. These include:
- researching family and personal records
- emotional support when accessing family and personal records
- finding family members
- assistance and support at family reunions
- support and counseling before, during and after family reunion.
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Bringing them home and Link-Up
In 1997 the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) undertook the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. The Bringing Them Home Report, as it is known, made a total of 54 recommendations.
Among those recommendations were several (30a, 30b and 33-35) which addressed the need to:
"assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people separated from their families under past laws, practices and policies of Australian governments, to undertake family tracing and reunion initiatives."
The Australian Government responded to this Inquiry by providing funding to establish a national network of family tracing and reunion services (known as the National Link-Up Program). The Program would assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people separated from their families as a result of past governments’ policies and practices
Link-Up organisations today
Today the National Link-Up Network is funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). Currently there are Link-Up Services in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. In December 2005, all of the Link-Up Services signed a memorandum of understanding that established the framework for the Link-Up Services to work together.
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) provides research support to Link-Up caseworkers and researchers.
A secure login for Link-Up caseworkers and researchers will be available soon. In the meantime you can contact our AIATSIS Link-Up Research Resource Unit for assistance.
Link-Up NSW Aboriginal Corporation
Lot 4, 2 Central Place, Ropes Crossing NSW 2760
PO Box 185, St Marys NSW 2760
P: 02 9421 4700
Freecall: 1800 624 332
F: 02 9673 4740
Central Australian Stolen Generations
Level 1 Centrepoint Building
54 Hartley Street, Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 744, Alice Springs NT 0871
P: 08 8953 3899
F: 08 8953 6684
NT Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation
Tenant 2 (ground floor) Building 3 Cascom Center
13 Scaturchio Street, Casuarina NT 0811
PO Box 43372, Casuarina NT 0811
Phone: 08 8947 9171
Fax: 08 89817933
Link-Up Brisbane Office
3-5 Reid Street, Woolloongabba QLD 4101
PO Box 3229, South Brisbane QLD 4101
P: 07 3034 8444
Freecall: 1800 200 855
F: 07 3255 2099
North Queensland Regional Office, Cairns
18 Scott St Paramatta Park, Cairns Qld 4870
PO Box 12045, Cairns DC QLD 4870
P: 07 4041 7403
F: 07 4027 9665
Mount Isa Office
1/81 Miles Street, Mount Isa, Qld 4825
P: 0417 097 322 or 0459 028 380
Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia
182-190 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000
PO Box 7202, Hutt Street SA 5000
P: 08 8223 5217
F: 08 8223 6086
Kimberley Stolen Generations Aboriginal Service
28 Barker Street, Broome WA 6725
PO Box 2775, Broome WA 6725
P: 08 9193 6502
F: 08 9193 5693
Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation
176 Wittenoom Street, East Perth WA 6004
PO Box 236, Northbridge WA 6865
P: 08 9218 9477
F: 08 9221 0487