Our Story

Welcome to Cape York / Gulf RAATSICC (Remote Area Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Child Care) Advisory Association Inc. We are a community controlled Not for Profit organisation delivering human services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Far North Queensland.

RAATSICC began 1990 as a “program” which facilitated conversations from a group of women in Bamaga concerned about issues of child care and domestic violence. RAATSICC secretariat office is located in Cairns with community based offices in Kowanyama, Napranum, Aurukun & Lockhart River.

Offices operates from 8.30am – 5.00pm and closes on weekends and public holidays.

Ma’aathan Women’s Shelter based in Cape York provides access to crisis accommodation and centre-based support 24 hours a day.

The story of our logo

The RAATSICC logo depicts the map of the Cape and Gulf regions where the RAATSICC communities are located. The six figures are know as spirit figures and represent the spirit of caring as a shared responsibility amongst people — within families and within communities. The reddish colour represents land, our home. And the cross-hatching represents our familiy connections to people in many other communities of the Cape and Gulf. The logo was designed by John Cummins, who is Guguyalandji.

Remote Area Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Child Care

Our Management Committee

Having home-grown workers living in these communities is the best asset to any organisation and RAATSICC builds on that belief.

Stuart Marquardt

Stuart Marquardt

President

Jessica Vidafar

Jessica Vidafar

Vice President

Paula Neal

Paula Neal

Treasurer

Yarrabah Aboriginal Corporation for Women

Noreen Walembeng

Noreen Walembeng

Committee Member

RAATSICC logo as a placeholder for the team member portrait

Raymond Sambo

Committee Member

Our Constitution

Our Constitution holds our organisation standards. Read them in full:

Our Constitution

Become a member

As of the 23rd September 2014, RAATSICC membership consists of two classes of Membership:

  • General Members
  • Ordinary Members

General Members

a) A General Member shall be a member organisation that may or may not receive funding, however does provide a service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and or families.These organisations are located in or provide a service to the remote communities of North Queensland and are limited to two representatives from each organisation.

Ordinary Members

a) An Ordinary Member shall be either an individual or an organisation that does not meet the criteria for General membership. Ordinary memberships are limited to 1 representative from each incorporated organisation. Both the individual and organisation must have as their organisational / personal objects the advancement of the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and or families of remote communities or North Queensland and which has agreed to accept the above objects.

b) The number of ordinary members shall be unlimited.