Street Address:  Level 1/116 Hardware Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 
  Postal Address: P.O Box 14093, Melbourne 8001, Vic.
Phone: 03 9605 1900
  Fax: 03 9602 2355
  Freecall: 1800 049 871



The Family Links Project provided a voluntary service for the family members of defendants appearing on the Geelong Courts criminal list, where the defendant answering charges that would lead to incarceration

Family Links provides assistance and support for families to address any issue that may place the family at immediate risk.

This project was funded by The Ian Potter Foundation, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the Geelong Community Foundation.

Click here for further resources for families

If you wish to discuss any of the above further, please contact VACRO on the number below.

(03) 9605 1900

The evaluation report of this program can be read here


A toolkit with worksheets covering a range of areas including concerns for the adult relationship, who manages the finances, how to re-establish shared family management and issues of trust among other subjects. 

 Included in the toolkit are Transition Planning worksheets that set out a step by step process on how to conduct the family group discussions, strategies for communication and for managing disagreement, and a layout for designing family agreements. 

The toolkit was developed through consulting with the fathers in the Springhill unit at Marngoneet Correctional Centre and their families, as well as women at Tarrengower Women's Prison. Download the toolkit


An Aboriginal Family Support program that worked with families involved in the Justice system

It  aimed to  support  families to stay connected to a family member who was, or was at risk of, entering the Criminal Justice system.  The program was based in Preston and mainly covered the City of Darebin and the City of Yarra.  It was completed in June 2013. 

By supporting families when a family member was being arrested or had to go to court, the project helped individuals and their families to understand how the system operated. The project also provided information, advocacy, support and referrals to assist with managing the practical and emotional outcomes of contact with Justice and the Correctional systems.  

A partnership project with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Support Association

TE WAKA ONCE OCEAN 2009 - 2011

A culturally specific project for Pacific Islander families and youth in the Greater Dandenong area. 

The project targeted young people, aged 12 - 18 years, who have been identified as entering or or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system or who have relatives in the adult criminal justice system. The leaflets used in the project were developed with funding from the Victoria Law Foundation, to provide access to legal information in Pacifika languages. It was a partnership project with the Greater Dandenong Community Health Centre and the Pacifika community. For further information download the brochures in English or go to the Resources webpage for Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islander and Maori.

This project was funded by the Alfred Fenton Bequest.


The VACRO/ANZ Trustees Impact Project in conjunction with the VACRO Board and CEO, implemented aspects of the Board's strategic vision. The key objectives of the Impact Project were consistent with VACRO's Strategic Priorities and provided a clear structure for reporting and monitoring the progress of the Impact Project

  • To inform and support the agency, consolidating existing knowledge and developing new competencies to work productively with the client group and with all key stakeholders
  • To identify, develop, trial and evaluated models of service/support that increase agency capacity to meet client needs. To ensure that future plans for development and program delivery are supported by research and are sustainable
  • To raise community awareness about the needs of the client group, including children, and the 'whole-of-community' benefit of meeting these needs. To address the stigma associated with incarceration. To permit a more active and positive approach to providing services and benefits for offenders and their families.
  • To raise VACRO's level of influence with significant policy makers, community leaders, research organisations and donors. To demonstrate leadership in raising professional awareness about the needs of the client group, including children, and the 'whole-of-community' benefit of meeting these needs.
  • To build agency capacity, broaden VACRO's funding streams and increase sustainability of services.

The Impact Project produced an Action Paper that provides information about the needs of families and children of those in contact with the criminal justice system. This work builds on VACRO's earlier research and existing services to map out a series of proposals - for research, policy and service development. The Impact Project will then focus on implementing core elements of these plans.

Funded by the ANZ Trustees.


Victorian Association for the Care & Resettlement of offenders
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