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ACE Western Sydney Project Advisory Committee EOI

14-Nov-2017

Are you an Aboriginal young person between 17-28 years? Are you active in your community in Western Sydney and Interested in making a difference? Expressions of Interest are now open until Thursday 16th November. Download the EOI Factshe..

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Australian-First Aboriginal Languages Bill Passes NSW Parliament

19-Oct-2017

NSW is officially the first state in Australia to pass legislation through Parliament acknowledging the value and importance of language to our country’s First Peoples and to the cultural heritage of NSW. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sara..

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Smart reforms to lower Aboriginal incarceration

19-Oct-2017

The NSW Government’s criminal justice reforms will address the underlying cause of offending behaviour, especially for Aboriginal offenders. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell welcomed the reforms which include new sentencing opti..

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NSW Government introduces nation-first Aboriginal languages bill

12-Oct-2017

NSW has become the first state in the country to introduce legislation to Parliament to acknowledge the unique value and importance of language to our First Peoples and to the State. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was proud the NSW Gove..

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Media Alert – Australian-first Aboriginal Languages Bill in NSW Parliament

12-Oct-2017

MEDIA ALERT Aboriginal Affairs Minister Sarah Mitchell will introduce an Australian-first Aboriginal Languages Bill into the NSW Parliament WHEN: Today, Wednesday 11 October 2017 TIME: 11.15am – Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremo..

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NSW prepares for the 47th year of Koori Knockout

28-Sep-2017

With the 47th NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Koori Knockout approaching this weekend, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Sarah Mitchell, is encouraging fans and spectators to stay safe, plan ahead and enjoy the competition. This year, more than 1..

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NCARA Regional Newsletter September 2017 Edition

11-Sep-2017

The NCARA distributes a bi-monthly regional alliance newsletter which details the outcomes of meetings, recent alliance news and upcoming dates. View the NCARA Regional Newsletter September 2017 Edition (/pdfs/local-decision-making/NCARA/NCAR..

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Establishment phase begins – Aboriginal Centre for Excellence – Western Sydney

01-Sep-2017

NSW Aboriginal Affairs is entering the establishment phase of the Aboriginal Centre for Excellence (ACE), following an extensive period spent developing the concept for this unique project with Aboriginal people in Western Sydney. Scheduled ..

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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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Community Conversations returning in late July

24-Jul-2017

Aboriginal Affairs will be returning to locations across the state in late July and early August 2017 to follow up conversations held in May through to July 2017 about the development of a NSW Aboriginal Languages Legislation. During this sec..

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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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Nominations extended for 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award

01-Dec-2016

Nominations for the 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award have been extended to Tuesday 17 January 2017. This is the second year that the NSW Government has made this award available, providing an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrat..

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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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NSW Government Response to the Report on Reparations for the Stolen Generations in NSW: Unfinished Business

02-Dec-2016

On 2 December 2016, the NSW Government tabled its response to the General Purpose Standing Committee No 3 Report on Reparations for the Stolen Generations in NSW: Unfinished Business. This response officially acknowledges the enduring trauma ..

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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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New Aboriginal Affairs and OCHRE branding guidelines

01-Dec-2016

Guidelines have been developed to assist Aboriginal Affairs to present a consistent corporate brand. Suppliers of Aboriginal Affair's publications and organisations acknowledging grants awarded by the agency should refer to these guidelines. ..

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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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First phase of consultation completed - Aboriginal Centre for Excellence - Western Sydney

15-Apr-2016

In March 2015 the Baird Government made a commitment of $20 million for the establishment of an Aboriginal Centre for Excellence (ACE) in Western Sydney. Western Sydney has the largest Aboriginal population in Australia and is also an area o..

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The conversations about OCHRE continue

07-Apr-2016

Information is now available to answer all your questions about the OCHRE conversations such as: What's happened so far What's happening now Who is leading the conversations How to stay in touch How to have your say and who to contact ..

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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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Anniversary of the National Apology: 13 February 2016

13-Feb-2016

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. On 13 February 2008, the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd apologised in Parliament unreservedly for the past inj..

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Aboriginal Affairs Strategic Plan 2016-2019

17-Dec-2015

Aboriginal Affairs Head of Agency Jason Ardler has today released the agency's 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. The Plan sets our priorities for the next three years, further information is available on our about page (/about) To access a copy of o..

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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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The Aboriginal Population in NSW in 2015: Policy options and challenges

25-Oct-2015

NSW has the largest and arguably one of the most diverse Aboriginal populations of any jurisdiction in Australia. The Aboriginal population of NSW lives in areas ranging from remote townships with majority Aboriginal populations, to global cities..

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Study into the NSW Indigenous Population

24-Aug-2015

NSW has the largest Indigenous population in Australia and it is one of the fastest growing. In the 2011 Census, of the additional Indigenous Australians counted, 28.9% lived in NSW. Only Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory had a faster..

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2015 Tackling Violence TVC

28-Jul-2015

Below is the 2015 Tackling Violence television commercial. Your browser does not support the video tag...

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New Development - Aboriginal Centre of Excellence - Western Sydney

28-Jul-2015

In March 2015 the Baird Government has made a commitment of $20 million over two years for the establishment of an Aboriginal Centre of Excellence in Western Sydney. Western Sydney has a significant Aboriginal population and is also an area o..

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NAIDOC Grants 2015

15-Mar-2015

Welcome to the Aboriginal Affairs NAIDOC 2015 grants page. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase..

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Aboriginal Business Portal

29-Jan-2015

The Aboriginal Business Portal is the new system for easily finding Aboriginal suppliers. The Portal links private and public sector procurers with certified Aboriginal suppliers through an interactive database. In the Business Portal you wi..

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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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Master Builders & NSW Government Partnership supporting Aboriginal apprentices

24-Nov-2014

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello has today announced that four new Aboriginal apprentices had started work with the Master Builders Association of NSW, taking the total to 13, since an agreement with the NSW Government was signed ..

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Condolences for passing of Steve "Mullawalla" Dodd

13-Nov-2014

I extend my deepest condolences to the family of admired Aboriginal actor and veteran, Steve Mullawalla Dodd, who passed away earlier this week on the NSW South Coast at the age of 86. Mr Dodd was a man who overcame prejudice and discriminati..

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Grants for Community Infrastructure

26-Oct-2012

The NSW Government is conducting the Community Building Partnership program in 2012 to build or upgrade vital community infrastructure for the benefit of local communities throughout the State. The NSW Government will contribute funds for community p..

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AA Corporate Directions 2012-2014

22-Oct-2012

This is Aboriginal Affairs' first corporate plan since becoming part of the Office of Communities (OoC) in the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) in April 2011. It summarises our priorities and targets over the two year period, 201..

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Aboriginal Languages Legislation going to Parliament

06-Oct-2017

The Aboriginal Languages Legislation is being introduced to Parliament on Wednesday 11 October at 11am. For more information on how to join us in marking the significance of this occasion in the history of NSW, please click here (/how-to-be-invol..

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