About Us

Our Name & Logo

The name Darrandirra comes from the Larrakia language meaning All of Us because the Darrandirra centre is a place for everyone in our Northern Suburbs community. The Larrakia people are the traditional custodians of the Darwin region and they also designed our Logo which shows the crocodile, a major totem of the Larrakia people representing the Larrakia Land on which we live. The U shapes within the circle are people meeting together just like we do at our centre.

Darrandirra Child and Family Centre Logo
Larrakia Nation Logo

What do we do?

Our centre is here for everyone in our community, so whether you just want to drop in and see what we offer or if you are looking for some extra support for you and your family, we look forward to seeing you at Darrandirra!

Darrandirra Child and Family Centre is Family Friendly
  • Family friendly environment (kids play area)
  • Free family and community events and training
  • Resources (for kids, young people and families)
Darrandirra Child and Family Centre has Free WiFi
  • Free WiFi
  • Access Computers and IPads
  • Quiet spaces for reading or studying
Darrandirra Child and Family Centre provides extra support
  • Extra support if you need it (designated Key Workers)
  • Support to access other services (health, community services, legal, financial, housing).
  • Programs to build Family Resilience (e.g. Baby Fast, Parenting)
Darrandirra Child and Family Centre identifies needs
  • Identify needs through our community voices (see our Get Involved section)
  • Support community needs (Brokering a Child and Family Community Fund)

How we work

Our role is about being part of a strong Northern Suburbs community.
We are:

Darrandirra Child and Family Centre is Strengths Based


Individual, family, and community strengths are central to supporting you to reach your goals.

Darrandirra Child and Family Centre is Person Centered


You are the expert in your own life and are empowered to make decisions.

Darrandirra Child and Family Centre is Culturally Safe

Culturally Safe:

Programs, activities, and services delivered are inclusive of everybody.

Darrandirra Child and Family Centre is Relationally Based

Relationally based:

Our relationships with everyone accessing our services are very important

Darrandirra Child and Family Centre is Family and Community Focused

Family and Community focused:

Community-led decision-making around the service and activities offered at the Centre.

Who we work with

  • We are part of a Territory wide network of Child and Family Centres which means that we can keep you connected if you move. Find out more about other Child & Family Centres in the NT.
  • We are funded by the Northern Territory Department Territory Families, Housing and Communities as part of their commitment to strengthening families and communities.
  • Our parent organisation who has been funded to establish the Darrandirra Child and Family Centre is CAAPS Aboriginal Corporation. CAAPS has been providing services to our community for nearly 4 decades. CAAPS is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation and you can find our more about CAAPS here.
  • We have lots of community partners to ensure that you get access to the services that you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?
Darrandirra is a free service.

How old do I need to be to access Darrandirra?
Darrandirra services are available for all ages! Please contact us to discuss your needs and the options available for you or your family.

Where can I drop in to see you?
You can drop in anytime during business hours at our centre at Malak Shopping Centre

What if I am already working with another service?
No problem! You can still be supported by Darrandirra. We can also work with you to help coordinate your care in a way that suits you best, if you are involved with a number of services.