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Western Sydney Aboriginal Centre Of Excellence On Track To Open Next Year

31-Aug-2017

The Western Sydney Aboriginal Centre of Excellence will become a hub for young Aboriginal people to harness their aspirations and talents to create a rewarding future with the Centre to open its doors next year. Minister for Aboriginal Affair..

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Land Negotiation Program steps up

07-Jul-2017

The NSW Government is calling for interested local governments and local Aboriginal Land Councils to join the next phase of the Land Negotiation Program. Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said the NSW Government was looking to enter..

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NSW number one for Aboriginal Tourism

05-Jul-2017

NSW has overtaken Queensland as the most popular State in Australia for international travellers to experience Aboriginal tourism, with the sector growing by 62 per cent in visitor participation in the year ended March 2017. More than 332,00..

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Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme Open

01-Jul-2017

The NSW Government’s landmark Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme will be open to survivors from today, July 1. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said the opening of the scheme, the centrepiece of the NSW Government’s $73 mill..

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ALRA Review 2017

27-Jun-2017

The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in NSW has commenced the statutory review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983. The Aboriginal Land Rights Act requires the Minister to review the Act every five years to determin..

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Backing our kids: $435 million investment in early childhood education

20-Jun-2017

The NSW Government is investing $435 million on our youngest learners in the 2017-18 Budget - a $47 million increase on last year. Minister for Early Childhood Education and Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said the Budget includes an additi..

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20th Anniversary of Bringing Them Home

25-May-2017

Today the NSW Government paid tribute to the resilience and courage of Indigenous Australians in marking the 20-year anniversary of Bringing Them Home – the 1997 National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childr..

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NAIDOC week grants to celebrate Aboriginal culture

06-Mar-2017

The NSW Government is urging grassroots organisations to hold local events during NAIDOC Week 2017 by providing a total of $200,000 in grants to help celebrate the history, culture and accomplishments of Aboriginal people. The national theme..

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New Aboriginal Land Rights Registrar Appointed

28-Feb-2017

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell today welcomed the appointment of Ms Nicole Courtman as Registrar of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983. Ms Courtman’s appointment will begin on 3 April 2017 for a period of three years. “Ms..

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New Era for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Network

23-Feb-2017

Legislation to strengthen the governance and capacity of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Network has passed through NSW parliament, NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said today. “The passing of the Aboriginal Land Rights Ame..

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New Aboriginal cultural heritage laws a step closer

21-Dec-2016

The NSW Government will start drafting new Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation aimed at creating a respectful and workable model for cultural heritage protection. NSW Heritage Minister Mark Speakman said after three phases of consultatio..

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More than $73 Million for reparations to Stolen Generations survivors

02-Dec-2016

The NSW Government has reaffirmed its commitment to working with the Stolen Generations to address the trauma and harm from forced removal of Aboriginal children by providing a reparations package worth more than $73 million to survivors, Ministe..

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OCHRE going strong, Three years on

02-Dec-2016

Three years after the groundbreaking OCHRE plan for Aboriginal affairs was first introduced, the NSW Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ambitious targets for Aboriginal employment, education, business and home ownership. Minister fo..

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NSW first in Australia to protect Aboriginal Languages

16-Nov-2016

NSW will become the first state in Australia to introduce landmark legislation to protect traditional Aboriginal languages and establish an Aboriginal Languages Centre to support community-led revival efforts, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Lesl..

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Hunter Conference to strengthen Aboriginal - Government partnerships

13-Nov-2016

More than 140 local Aboriginal leaders and government representatives will gather in the Hunter Valley on November 14 and 15 to discuss how they can work together more closely and effectively. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams ..

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New framework - A landmark step change in land agreement negotiations

22-Aug-2016

The NSW Government has today entered into an historic partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) to develop a new framework to speed up and negotiate better Aboriginal land claim outcomes. Minister for Lands and Water Niall Bla..

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Aboriginal communities to co-design Healing Forums

24-Jun-2016

A series of forums across NSW will give Aboriginal communities the opportunity to discuss the need for healing informed practices with government agencies. Expressions of interest are now open to Aboriginal communities who would like to co-d..

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'Our languages, our way', $200,000 community language grants

18-Mar-2016

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today announced an additional round of grants to support the revitalisation of Aboriginal languages through community-lead initiatives would be offered in 2016. Mrs Williams said the 'Our Langua..

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NSW Aboriginal woman of the year

09-Mar-2016

From left to right Minister Leslie Williams, Rhonda Radley, Dana Clarke, Premier Mike Baird, Kirstie Parker, Nikita Ridgeway and Minister Pru Goward. The inaugural NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year was announced this morning at the 2016 NSW W..

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Applications open for NAIDOC week celebrations

22-Feb-2016

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams has encouraged Aboriginal and community groups across NSW to take advantage of $200,000 in funding grants for NAIDOC Week 2016. NAIDOC is a week long celebration of the culture, history and achi..

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NSW Government celebrates Yabun Festival 2016

25-Jan-2016

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today announced a $10,000 grant to support Yabun Festival 2016. The annual festival held on Australia Day, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people at Victoria Park in Camperdown is expected t..

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$6,500 grant for Aboriginal artists at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival

08-Jan-2016

$6,500 GRANT FOR ABORIGINAL ARTISTS AT THE 2016 TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced a $6,..

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Groundbreaking evaluation of OCHRE

10-Dec-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today announced that the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW has been engaged to undertake a 10 year ongoing evaluation of OCHRE. This long-term approach to evaluation is grou..

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Minister welcomes incoming NSWALC Councillors

19-Nov-2015

Photo Caption: NSW Premier Mike Baird, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams and Minister for Lands Niall Blair meet with the incoming NSWALC councillors. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today congratulated the inc..

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$45.5 million preschool funding boost

09-Nov-2015

Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today announced programs worth $45.5 million to increase the number of children attending preschool in the year before school. Mrs Williams said the NSW Government is providing additional..

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Consultations commence for Aboriginal Centre of Excellence in Western Sydney

22-Oct-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today announced community consultations for the NSW Government's $20 million Aboriginal Centre of Excellence in Western Sydney. Mrs Williams said a community forum will be held on 9 November at ..

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OCHRE plan improving outcomes in Aboriginal Communities

14-Oct-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today released the OCHRE: Two Years On report, which highlights the progress of the NSW Government's plan for Aboriginal Affairs. OCHRE is a significant departure from previous approaches. For t..

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New Bowraville Memorial unveiled

07-Sep-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today attended a ceremony to unveil the Bowraville Memorial and to present memorial plaques to commemorate the disappearance of three Aboriginal children at Bowraville. Mrs Williams said the unv..

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Minister praises Nations of Origin success

07-Jul-2015

Photo caption: Minister Leslie Williams at the 2015 Nations of Origin Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams has congratulated the organisers of the 2015 Nations of Origin, praising the event for promoting reconciliation and Aborigi..

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Land council deal secures water future

02-Jul-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams has welcomed a new partnership between the Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) and MidCoast Water that will facilitate a major water security project for the Manning and Great Lakes communi..

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Strengthening communities through Local Decision Making

27-Apr-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today said that reforms to increase local decision making are helping Aboriginal communities build stronger links with NSW Government agencies. Mrs Williams today met with members of the Local D..

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NSW GOVT to welcome first CareerTrackers interns

04-Mar-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello today announced that the NSW Government had become the first government in Australia to partner with CareerTrackers, a national internship program which supports young Aboriginal people into employ..

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New memorials in memory of victims of Bowraville murders

03-Mar-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello today announced that the NSW Government would provide funding to install new memorials and plaques in Bowraville dedicated to the memory of Colleen Walker-Craig, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-D..

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Smart technology to bolster Aboriginal language learning

01-Mar-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello today announced $185,000 in funding for the development of an app to support the maintenance and revitalisation of five Aboriginal languages in NSW. Mr Dominello said the app, through mobile de..

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New grants to support commmunity-led Aboriginal language initiatives

26-Feb-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello today announced a new $170,000 grants program to support the revitalisation of Aboriginal languages through community-led initiatives. Mr Dominello said the Our Languages, Our Way grants progra..

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NSW GOVT and Civil Contractors Federation partnership on Aboriginal Employment

24-Feb-2015

Minister Dominello, David Castledine and Bryan Doyle at a construction site on the University of Western Sydney's Campbelltown campus. The Baird Government has today signed a partnership agreement with the Civil Contractors Federation of NSW..

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Army partnership to grow career opportunities for Aboriginal students

03-Feb-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello today announced a new partnership between the NSW Government and the Australian Army which will support more Aboriginal students to develop a career in the Army. Serge Derkatch (MTC Australia ..

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New business portal to showcase Aboriginal suppliers

28-Jan-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello today launched a new Aboriginal Business Portal, which will make it easier for both the public and private sector in NSW to procure goods and services from Aboriginal owned and operated busin..

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NSW Government supports celebration of Aboriginal culture at Yabun Festival

26-Jan-2015

Thousands of people are today expected to flock to the Yabun Festival in Sydney, a major event celebrating the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello, who will speak at the ..

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Funding to link Aboriginal students to Hunter mining jobs

21-Jan-2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello and Member for Upper Hunter George Souris today announced a $300,000 grant for an education and work skills programme for Aboriginal students in the Upper Hunter Valley. Mr Dominello said the f..

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Funding for development of Register of Upper Hunter Aboriginal Owners

12-Dec-2014

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello today announced that a $298,000 grant had been awarded for a project that will allow Aboriginal people to register their cultural association to the Upper Hunter region under the Aboriginal Land Ri..

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Land Council commits $16 million to drive economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities

24-Nov-2014

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) today released a $16 million economic development policy to foster wealth creation for Aboriginal people over the next five years across the State's 120 local Aboriginal Land Councils. NSWALC Chairman ..

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Moving tributes to Kinchela survivors at 90th anniversay commemorations

24-Nov-2014

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello today attended a commemorative event at the former Kinchela Aboriginal Boys' Training Home to mark 90 years since its opening. Mr Dominello said Kinchela Boys Home, located in the Macleay Valle..

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NSWALC Economic Development Strategy

19-Nov-2014

OCHRE recognises the importance of pursuing economic participation through the use of Aboriginal land and natural resources. On 29 October the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello joined with NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) t..

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GenerationOne and NSW Police Initiative

05-Sep-2012

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello and Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione today announced a new partnership between the NSW Police Force and GenerationOne. This par..

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Passing of Uncle Joe Trindall

05-Sep-2012

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello and Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson have joined the Tamworth community in mourning the passing of respected Aboriginal elder Joe Trindall, who passed away on 28 August 2012, aged 87. Uncle Joe, as ..

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New direction in Aboriginal policy

06-Aug-2012

Coordinating employment and training opportunities within school and an increased focus on language and culture are features of the reform proposed by a NSW Government task force to radically boost opportunities for Aboriginal people. The p..

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Attend a forum and have your say on Aboriginal policy

26-Jul-2012

Aboriginal people across NSW will be able to have their say on proposed reforms to Aboriginal policy at a series of upcoming community forums, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello announced today. Mr Dominello said the Ministeria..

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New resource to help Aboriginal people get on the road

06-Jul-2012

Aboriginal people who need some extra help to earn their driver licence will benefit from a new resource kit developed by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello announced today. The Aboriginal Dr..

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Road safety messages to bring the mob home safely

04-Jul-2012

NSW Roads and Port Minister Duncan Gay and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello today launched Yarnbusters: No Gammin DVD to increase awareness amongst Aboriginal communities about the benefits of seatbelts, child restraints and the i..

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Champion of Aboriginal land rights mourned

14-Jun-2012

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello has joined with Aboriginal people across NSW to mourn the passing of Francis John (Frank) Walker QC, who was the first Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in NSW. "As Minister for Aboriginal Affai..

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