The Patrol Services, Healthy Engagement and Assistance in the Long Grass (HEAL), Return to Country (RTC) and the Host Program work collaboratively with Northern Territory Police, Darwin City Council, Security, other NGOs and the public to increase community safety across the Darwin-Palmerston Region.
- The intention of these services and programs is to provide an alternative response to reduce anti-social behavior in public spaces;
- To provide people with options, such as, access to more stable accommodation, AOD assistance, return to country, other NGOs and government services;
- Information sharing between our Outreach Programs;
- Encourage and support individuals to maintain social connections with home communities, including liaison with our Return to Country Program;
- Provides information to clients and support access to safe shelters in the event of a cyclone; and
- Strengthen the existing transport services to assist the target population in accessing health, social and community services.
Our Patrol Services operate 7 days a week from 5am to 2am.
They assist by:
- Relocating a person to a ‘safe’ environment such as a relative’s home, recognised safe house, woman’s refuge, hospital, sobering-up shelter or other medical facility;
- Diffusing violent situations where it is safe to do so;
- Diverting intoxicated people away from contact with the criminal justice system;
- Providing advice, information or referral to another service;
- Focusing on assisting youth, especially those at risk and reducing the demand placed on other services;
- Encouraging and supporting individuals to maintain social connections with home communities, including liaison with our Return to Country Program;
- Providing information to clients and supporting access to safe shelters in the event of a cyclone; and
- Strengthening the existing transport services to assist the target population in accessing other services.
HEAL - Healthy Engagement & Assistance in the Long Grass
Operating Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm
The HEAL Program focuses on support for people living rough in Darwin-Palmerston areas. We provide health and social transport and advocacy, personal hygiene access and education, linen and bedding where necessary, and social and community engagement through assistance with Larrakia Nation activities such as Arts in the Grass.
With the most visible and recognised services with indigenous clientele. The service is regularly called upon by other services and Agencies for assistance with:
- Reuniting lost family members;
- Territory housing waiting list (accommodation);
- Welfare checks (clients requiring urgent medical treatment);
- Funeral (contacting family);
- Support referrals (family and children services);
- Keeping family’s united;
- Court support (keeping clients informed and providing transport and support);
- Support link (government departments & N.T Police); and
- Returning clients back to communities.
Return to Country
Our Return to Country provides the following services to Indigenous people living in or visiting Darwin from remote areas. Our services can be accessed if you haven’t got cash up front; but they are not free. We assist people to manage their affairs when in town.
Proof Of Identification
Our IDs enable you to access bank accounts, mail and personal information at Centrelink.
For people born in the NT we require – One referee to confirm your identity
For people born interstate we require – An original Birth Certificate and two referees to confirm your identity
$60.00 for ID card
$43.00 for NT Birth Certificate only
Time: It takes 1 day to issue a card if you have your Birth Certificate, or a week without it.
Return Home Service
Our Return to Country service enables you to travel home in affordable and achievable ways.
One-way tickets to home community are booked and issued to anywhere in the NT
Cost: Cost of travel plus 10% admin fee
Our friendly staff can assist you to find low-cost accommodation when you are visiting town.
Clients are accommodated in suitable short-term locations and must be willing to follow hostel/hotel service guidelines
Cost: Cost of accommodation plus 15% admin fee
ALL OUR SERVICES ARE NOT FREE
Payments are deducted from Centrepay or Basics Card. Clients must sign a Centrepay deduction form and a contract to repay Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation.
The purpose of our Larrakia Host Program is to promote Larrakia Cultural Protocols to:
- Share our cultural message with Darwin locals and visitors in a positive manner;
- To promote cultural understanding between the Larrakia people as Traditional Owners and all people on Larrakia land;
- To ensure that visitors (including Indigenous people) to our country know, understand and adhere to our Cultural Protocols; and
- To further develop our young people’s skills to share our culture by offering employment opportunities whilst being mentored by their Elders.
Larrakia Cultural Protocols
The Larrakia people have developed a set of cultural protocols for visitors to Larrakia land. These protocols apply to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal visitors and residents on Larrakia Country. They are as follows:
1. The Larrakia people are the Aboriginal traditional owners of all land and waters of the greater Darwin area including identified Aboriginal living areas.
2. Aboriginal lore/law requires respect for the cultural authority of the traditional owners.
3. Larrakia speak for Larrakia country; other traditional owners speak for their traditional lands.
4. We have a mutual obligation to care for our country with our neighbours.
5. Visitors should be aware that we have a body of knowledge in our land and waters, which includes sites of significance.
6. Larrakia people expect visitors and service providers to be aware of Larrakia cultural obligations and to respect and acknowledge them.
7. Visitors have the right to be treated with respect and understanding.
8. All visitors are responsible for their behaviour and should respect guidance of Larrakia.
9. Learning about country is everybody’s responsibility and it is also the responsibility of government and non-government agencies.
10. Inappropriate behaviour reflects badly on Larrakia people and we do not accept it.