Our Outreach Services comprises a range of programs aimed at improving community safety, wellbeing and overcoming social exclusion, with a focus on Aboriginal homeless people and visitors to Darwin.
Return to Home
Located in Casuarina, our Return to Home service assists people with travel and accommodation. When people wish to return to their home communities, we can book them on any local airline or bus company. We can pay upfront and then you pay us back from Centrepay deductions. Because this service is no longer funded by the government, we must charge an administration fee to cover costs. In the 2013/14 financial year, we returned 3,801 people to their home communities.
Return to Home is open 9am to 2.30pm week days and located at our Casuarina Office next to Centrelink on Bradshaw Terrace.
Our Larrakia photo identification, issued by our Return to Home office in Casuarina, is widely accepted at banks, Australia post, clubs and airlines. The Australian Bankers’ Association has described it as the best ID of its kind in Australia. Designed to both meet community needs and guarantee people’s correct ID, the card features:
- Multiple names, such as birth names and Aboriginal names.
- Address and date of birth
- Reference number – linked to our database
- Signature on reverse
- Anti-copy protection
As a measure of its popularity, last year alone we issued 796 new IDs and 10,718 reprints.
If you are an NT resident, you can walk in off the street to get this card, without documentation. We ask for the names of references from your home community and get proof of birth from Births Deaths and Marriages. It can take 2-3 days to issue your card however, if you bring your birth certificate with you, it will speed up the process.
Interstate visitors must bring proof of identification such as birth certificate or a utility bill.
If you are already on our database we can re-issue your card without the reference check process.
This service costs $30 and you can pay via Centrepay deduction, basics card, credit card or cash.
Larrakia Night Patrol
Our Night Patrol service runs three vehicles, seven nights a week, looking after Aboriginal people in Darwin and Palmerston. We provide early intervention to remove people from danger and keep them safe. We resolve disputes using culture and mediation.
We operate 4pm – 12 midnight, Monday to Saturday and 5pm – 10pm on Sunday. Anyone can contact our Night Patrol on 1800 101 645 but if you or anyone else is in immediate serious danger call 000.
Our Youth Patrol is a new initiative funded in Night Patrol. Operating a bus with the same times and contact number as Night Patrol, we take young people home so they get to bed to be ready for school the next day. We work closely with local youth centres to deliver this service and we encourage any young people needing transport home at night to call us on 1800 101 645.
Larrakia Health Outreach improves the health and wellbeing of people living rough, commonly known as ‘long-grassers’. Health Outreach currently comprises two funded programs; HEAL and Care Coordination and facilitates the popular weekly ‘Arts in the Grass’ program in Darwin. You can contact our Health Outreach team on 8985 6243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Outreach and Assistance in the Long-grass (HEAL)
The HEAL program is a long-running program that improves the health of long-grassers through medical and social links. We monitor people’s health and transport them to doctor’s appointments, to the hospital and specialists. HEAL also provides information and primary health interventions such as the provision of thongs and condoms and environmental safety audits of campsites. We also run targeted events to improve long-grassers health, such as the ‘Dental Blitz’, that brings specialist medical care to them, rather than the other way around.