Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community safety

Our commitment to and support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, safety information, and our Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer program.

Victoria Police has a commitment to protect and support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and respect their cultural rights. 

Read about the Chief Commissioner's Statement of Commitment and about our apology to the Stolen Generations, speak to specially trained liaison officers and see how we’re working to improve community safety.

Respectful use of language

We use the term ‘Aboriginal’ to respectfully refer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is consistent with the current language we use in our existing policies, documents and forums. These include Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training, Aboriginal Justice Forum and Aboriginal Justice Caucus.

Using this term is not intended to deny the right of Aboriginal people to choose the way in which they are referred to.


Victoria Police respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waterways upon which our lives depend. 

We acknowledge and pay our respects to ancestors of this country, Elders, knowledge holders and leaders – past, present and future. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are steeped in culture and lore having existed within Australia continuously for some 65,000 years. 

We acknowledge the ongoing leadership of Aboriginal communities across Victoria in striving to build on these strengths to address inequalities and improve Aboriginal justice outcomes.