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Tracking Family: A Guide to Aboriginal Records Relating to the Northern Territory

3. Organisations providing general assistance

Link-up organisations

The Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation (NTSGAC) is part of an Australian Government-funded national network of services. The national aim of the Link-Up service is:

To assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people separated from their families under past laws, practices and policies of Australian governments, to undertake family tracing and reunion initiatives.

Organisations provide the following services:

  • family tracing
  • family reunion management
  • research and access to records
  • guidance and support to clients for family tracing
  • referral to other support services.

They are committed to maintaining confidentiality and providing a culturally sensitive service to all clients and their families.

Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation

NTSGAC was formally incorporated in 1998 to respond directly to the needs and concerns of members of the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

NTSGAC was formed as a result of discussions and the express wishes of many members of the Stolen Generations in the Top End since the early 1970s. The discussions included members of institutional groups such as Croker Island, Garden Point, Retta Dixon, Kahlin Compound and Groote Eylandt, as well as those removed through adoption and foster care arrangements.

Eligibility criteria

To access link-up services, potential clients must:

  • be affected by the past government policies of removal
  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • reside in the Top End region
  • undertake an initial assessment for registration.

A Client Intake Form is available on the NTSGAC website.

Contact details

Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation
Suite A, Ground Floor
Building 3, Cascom Centre
13–17 Scaturchio Street
Casuarina NT 0811

PO Box 43372
Casuarina NT 0811

Tel: (08) 8947 9171
Fax: (08) 8947 9173

Northern Territory Adoption Information Service

The Adoption Unit of the Department of Children and Families provides a range of services for people interested in current adoptions and in finding out information about past adoptions.

The Adoption Unit has a Family Information Service that provides information and counselling to adopted people, birth parents, adoptive parents and former state wards.


The NT Adoption of Children Act allows for the release of identifying information to adopted people and birth parents. If you were adopted or your child was adopted in the Northern Territory, you may, subject to certain conditions, be able to obtain identifying information.

Prior to receiving any identifying information, you are required to attend an interview with an approved counsellor located at an office of the Northern Territory Family and Children's Services. An Indigenous person may choose to obtain their identifying information through the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation.

After providing information at a Family and Children's Services office or the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation, for a fee you will be able to get a copy of:

  • your original birth certificate (if you are an adopted person)
  • a copy of the amended birth certificate of the adopted person (if you are a birth parent).
  • A Family Information Service Application Form is available on the Adoptions web page.

Contact details

Family Information Officer
Adoption Unit
1st floor, Cascom Centre 4, Building 2
13–17 Scaturchio Street
Casuarina NT 0811

PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811

Tel: (08) 8922 7077
Fax: (08) 8922 7480

Counselling services

If you or your family need emotional support during your attempts to link up with family and community, the following agencies provide counselling services and could be of assistance: