About us

An Aboriginal women's resource centre ... and much, much more

"We cannot depend on governments to heal our wounds. We have to help each other. " Community Elder

Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation is a working illustration of how Aboriginal organisations should and can function. It has grown out of community need, is managed by community people and remains responsive to the ever-changing circumstances of Aboriginal women.

" Mudgin-Gal is about Aboriginal women helping themselves and solving their own social problems. The women who use the service are the same women who run it. This represents a real step towards self-determination." Bronwyn Penrith, Chair

Mudgin-Gal is an Aboriginal organisation based in inner-city Sydney. As a service run by Aboriginal women, for Aboriginal women, it is unique. Mudgin-Gal means ‘women’s place’.

Mudgin-Gal’s identity and the enduring support it offers in the heartland of Australia’s urban aboriginal population defies conventional description.

It offers safe haven and active support for women, girls and their young families through services that, because they are offered peer to peer are again, unique.

These services span Mudgin-Gal’s day-to-day operations and welcoming presence as a drop-in centre and source of positive cultural and social networking, through to dedicated programs in areas such as in-home family support; provision of expert referral for accommodation, legal and medical support and court support and post-release services.

Perhaps most important is Mudgin-Gal’s role as a leader in the community.

Through the growing suite of award-winning mentoring and education programs run through its ‘Healthy Family Circle’ program, developed in partnership with Relationships Australia, Mudgin-Gal is empowering women and young girls with the self esteem, confidence and life skills they need to become role models for their own children and families and, by extension, for their community.

Through its groundbreaking work to address family violence, Mudgin-Gal has gained national recognition. Its ‘Black Out Violence’ campaign won the Violence Against Women Prevention Award in 2004 and has since been rolled out with help from Mudgin-Gal trainers and ambassadors to communities in regional NSW. The program has been cited by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission as a best practice model for addressing violence in urban Aboriginal communities.
By building strength from within, it is Mudgin-Gal’s vision to help shape a community that lives with hope, pride and self sufficiency; a community in which every member has the same chance of achieving his or her dreams as any other Australian.