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Background

Aboriginal Catholic Services (ACS) formerly Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM) was established in 1986.

It is a specific program of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Parramatta. It is incorporated under the provisions of the Roman Catholic Trust Property Act (1936). ACS is accountable to the Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta, through the Executive Director CatholicCare Social Services.


Australia's largest concentration of Aboriginal Peoples is believed to reside within the Parramatta Diocese. This covers the area of Western Sydney which includes Penrith, Mt Druitt, St Marys and Blacktown areas.

ACS supports the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Peoples in this area through pastoral care and various comprehensive programs, delivered in a culturally appropriate manner, to help overcome the challenges they may encounter and to contribute to their social well-being and attainment of self-sufficiency.

ACS members represent five Aboriginal language groups and all reside in Western Sydney. They have a very strong knowledge of the community and very extensive contracts within the Aboriginal community.

They have the ability to identify the necessary pastoral care and services required which are coordinated and delivered by qualified persons and respected Aboriginal community elders.

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