The Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation (IAC) is an Aboriginal community-controlled, not-for-profit organisation that is committed to meeting the social, cultural, and economic needs of Aboriginal people in the Illawarra.
Based in Wollongong and working across the region, we are driven to achieve excellence in providing advocacy and culturally appropriate services to meet the needs of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
The IAC was incorporated in 1980 as a small community-led organisation working towards increasing the rights and improving the lives of the local Aboriginal people in the Illawarra. Much of the IAC’s activities began earlier from a house situated on 22 Kenny Street, which has since developed into our Cultural Centre and Keeping Place.
We pay respect to the community members, Elders, and supporting organisations who fought hard to establish the corporation, ensuring that a real difference could be made for our mob. It is due to the hard work, determination, and resilience of our founding members and community, that our corporation can continue to support the Aboriginal community today.
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Our vision is to live in a just, unified, and caring society, where Aboriginal people have equal and strong cultural opportunities and are recognised and respected as the first peoples of this land.
The IAC is, and always has been, an Aboriginal community controlled not-for-profit organisation. Our purpose is to serve the Aboriginal people in the Illawarra through culturally appropriate services, led by Aboriginal people and staff members.
Through our service streams and support programs, we aim to empower Aboriginal people to be proud and successful across all aspects of their lives.
Current board members:
CEO: William Henry