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Wungening Aboriginal Corporation

COVID-19 Food Appeal for Vulnerable Aboriginal people in Perth and SW WA

COVID-19 Food Appeal for Vulnerable Aboriginal people in Perth and SW WA

This request is from a collective of 18 ACCOs across Noongar country in Perth and the broader SW of Australia. They include Wungening, Derbarl Yerrigan Abori...





australia > WA > both
08/05/2020 > 30/07/2020


  • Supporting Indigenous Communities
  • Tackling Inequality


  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples


This request is from a collective of 18 ACCOs across Noongar country in Perth and the broader SW of Australia. They include Wungening, Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service, Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health & Wellness Centre, South West Aboriginal Medical Service, Langford Aboriginal Association, Noongar Mia Mia, The West Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation (WASGAC) trading as Yokai, Mandjah Boodjah Aboriginal Corporation, Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Group, Binar Sports, Southern Aboriginal Corporation, Woolkabunning Kiaka Aboriginal Corporation, Ochre Sporting Association Inc., Tambellup Aboriginal Progress Association, Miya Kaadadjiny (Learning Sanctuary) Community Centre Inc., Peedac Pty Ltd, Institute of Indigenous Wellbeing and Sport of WA, and Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Corporation.

The funding will be used to purchase food/basic supplies during the time of self – isolation and reduced income around COVID-19. The 18 ACCOs have identified thousands of Aboriginal clients who are not presently serviced (or adequately serviced) by other not-for-profits or the broader government welfare system.

Regular food/hygiene parcels are likely to be needed for these clients, which in turn will support their families. Wungening are also working with traditional food charities such as Foodbank WA, Secondbite (Perth) and OzHarvest (Perth), and with hygiene product wholesalers, to ensure as many people as possible can be supported.

The requested $100,000 corresponds to 2000 hampers at full retail value of $50 each. The food and hygiene products will be sourced at wholesale, and less than wholesale, value; with time and resources donated from the 18 ACCOs to ensure the parcels can be delivered.


The Perth and SW Australian Aboriginal community will have access to basic food and hygiene supplies, with thousands of vulnerable people and Elders directly serviced. It is hoped with purchasing power that this could result in two deliveries to each vulnerable individual.

Feedback will be sought via Wungening Aboriginal Corporation, and the other 17 ACCOs, to confirm no clients are being left without these basic needs.

Further positive outcomes are expected from the ongoing collaboration between the 18 ACCOs; as well as ensuring ACCOs can continue to hear about community needs during the the conversations had during contactless dropoffs.

Profile of Wungening Aboriginal Corporation

Wungening Aboriginal Corporation

The Wungening way: understanding of historical factors – impacting on Aboriginal healing, health and wellbeing – is key to healing spirit, mind and body. Family is central to Aboriginal culture and connectedness to family is key to healing processes. Wungening encourages and supports connectedness as central to healing for all clients.

Wungening is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) based in Perth, working towards a healthy, safe, strong and sustainable Aboriginal Community. Their programs work to provide support across areas including Alcohol and Other Drugs, Family and Domestic Violence, Adult/Youth Justice, Child Protection and Family Support. Services are delivered at 13 offices in the community, and at four visitor centres at prisons in the metropolitan area. This place-based method of service delivery enables Wungening to be closer to the community and closer to people who wish to access their services.

Wungening was previously known as the Noongar Alcohol Substance Abuse Service Inc from 1989 to 2005; and the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service Inc from 2005 to 2017. It was established in Perth Western Australia in 1988 when a group of 40 local Aboriginal People from the Noongar Nation came together to meet unmet community need. 70% of the Wungening workforce are Aboriginal people.

Wungening has been the ACCO identified to lead a COVID-19 Food Appeal on behalf of 17 other ACCOs (see project description) across Perth and broader Noongar country.


TOTAL BUDGET: $100,000
Funding sourceAmount
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$100,000
Expense itemAmount
2000 food/hygiene parcels (Retail $50 each, sourced at below wholesale value)$100,000

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