The Trust protects, preserves and promotes the living culture of Koorie people whose history spans more than 40 000 years. Since its establishment in 1985 the Trust has developed educational and cross-cultural programs and has acquired large and diverse collections of cultural heritage material which help to generate greater awareness and understanding of Koorie people and their culture throughout the community.
The Trust's ethnographic collection of Koorie art, Aboriginal artefacts and craft, from pre-invasion to the present, contains over 4000 items and is used in permanent, temporary and off-site exhibitions and displays. The Trust also has a collection of more than 6000 oral and written works including books, papers and government documents, which combined provide a comprehensive history of Victoria.
From 1988 to 1997 the Trust's permanent exhibition and Keeping Place, Koorie, was open to the public in the former Museum of Victoria. In 2004 the Trust moved into new premises at 295 King Street, where its Cultural Centre contains a permanent exhibition, art galleries, educational facilities, a library and resource centre, a large multipurpose area and a retail shop. The Centre's motto is Gnokan Danna Murra Kor-Ki (Give me your hand my friend) and Bridge the Cultural Gap.