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The State of New South Wales, acting through Aboriginal Affairs NSW (herein “AANSW” or “the Agency”, supports and encourages the reuse of its publicly funded information, and endorses the use of the Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing Framework (AusGOAL).

All Aboriginal Affairs NSW material on this website is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence, except as noted below.

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The following material available from this website is not licensed under the Creative Commons licence:

  • The State's Coat of Arms and any other symbols, logos or trademarks of the State of NSW or any Department or agency of the State (unless incidentally reproduced in using an unaltered document under the Creative Commons licence).
  • Any third party material unless expressly stated to be published under the Creative Commons licence, and any material on the website that is expressly stated to be published subject to specified conditions other than the Creative Commons licence.


The material includes registered trademarks and trademarks that are the subject of pending applications or which are otherwise protected by law.

Unless otherwise indicated, the trademarks are owned by Aboriginal Affairs NSW and may be the subject of rights in other countries. You may use the trademarks as permitted by the above copyright notice or otherwise with permission from Aboriginal Affairs NSW. Contact Us to obtain such permission.


While the material contained in this website has been formulated with all due care, the State of New South Wales does not warrant or represent that the material is free from errors or omission, or that it is exhaustive.

The State of NSW disclaims, to the extent permitted by law, all warranties, representations or endorsements, express or implied, with regard to the material including but not limited to, all implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.

The State of NSW further does not warrant or accept any liability in relation to the quality, operability or accuracy of the material.

The material is made available on the understanding that the State of New South Wales and its employees and agents shall have no liability (including but not limited to liability by reason of negligence) to the users of the website for any loss, damage, cost or expense whether direct, indirect consequential or special, incurred by, or arising by reason of, any person using or relying on the material and whether caused by reason of any error, omission or misrepresentation in the material or otherwise. Users of the website will be responsible for making their own assessment of the material and should verify all relevant representations, statements and information with their own professional advisers.

Furthermore, whilst the material is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact upon the accuracy of the material. The material may change without notice and the State of New South Wales is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information printed and stored by a user. Changes are periodically added to the material and the Agency may make improvements and/or changes in the material and/or the website at any time.

The State of New South Wales takes no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of any information included in the material provided by third parties nor for the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of links or references to information sources (including internet sites) outside of the Agency. In addition to the material, the website provides links to and from other Internet sites. These external information sources are outside the control of the Agency and it is therefore the responsibility of the internet users to make their own decisions about the accuracy, reliability and correctness of information found on those external internet links.

The search engines provided on this website are to assist internet users to locate resources more quickly. However, the Agency takes no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of its search facilities, and does not warrant or represent that the search facilities are free from errors or omission, or that they are exhaustive.

The internet is not a secure medium and communications to and from the website may be intercepted or altered in transit. The Agency does not warrant or represent that this website or any linked sites, are free from anything which may damage any computer used to access the site.


Credible internet sites have permission to link to pages within our website, however because of the nature of Content Management Systems we would prefer you linked at our top level and described how to navigate to lower pages. Please observe the following conditions of linking to our website:

  • Links must be presented in a way which fairly represents our role and our site(s). They must not embarrass us.
  • The context in which you insert the link must not give your visitors the impression that your site, or your company, is sponsored or endorsed by us.
  • The context of the link must not suggest that we have created any of your content, i.e. the source material must be clear, and acknowledgement of the website clearly provided.
  • You must never reproduce any logos of the Agency appearing on the website without the express approval of Aboriginal Affairs NSW.

The Agency also provides links to other websites within AANSW. In general, the Agency will only provide links to other government websites, and websites of national and international bodies or organisations containing credible information on similar issues as those contained within AANSW. The Agency does not provide links to commercial websites.

If you are offended or upset by any material that appears on an internet website, you are entitled to lodge a complaint with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), who will then investigate the complaint and take such action as it thinks fit. If you would like to know more about the ACMA's role in regulating Australian internet content, you can visit its website at


This website is maintained by Aboriginal Affairs NSW (herein “AANSW” or “the Agency”). This Privacy Statement sets out the Agency’s practices relating to the privacy of your personal information. 

The Agency will only collect personal information for a lawful purpose which directly relates to our primary function as a NSW Government agency and for obtaining feedback about our services. AANSW will not collect any more information than is necessary for it to fulfil these functions.

The Agency will not disclose your personal information to anyone without your consent, unless legally required to do so.

Anyone engaged to collect, store or use personal information for the Agency will be required to comply with the law and the Agency’s  privacy policies. However, the Agency does not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practices of third party sites linked to this website.

The collection of personal information through this website is voluntary and you are not obligated by law to provide any personal information. 

The Agency’s privacy practices are regulated by the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) (PPIP Act) and the Department of Premier and Cabinet's Privacy Management Plan.

What is personal information?

Your personal information relates to you personally and includes any information or opinion made about you. Personal information includes your name, address, phone number, email address or any information from which your identity can be reasonably ascertained.

  • Personal information is information that identifies you, some examples include: 

What is not personal information?

The PPIP Act excludes certain information from the definition of personal information. The most significant exemptions are:

  • information contained in publicly available publications
  • information about a person’s suitability for public sector employment
  • information about people who have been dead for more than 30 years
  • a number of exemptions relating to law enforcement investigations
  • matters contained in Cabinet documents. 

When can personal information be disclosed?

The PPIP Act allows disclosure of personal information in certain circumstances, such as:

  • law enforcement and related matters, including for the protection of public revenue or in relation to the proceeds of crime
  • to investigative agencies
  • where lawfully authorised or required
  • when it would benefit the individual concerned
  • to inform the Premier or a Minister of certain matters.

Will my personal information be stored?

AANSW is required by law to store certain records by the State Records Act 1998 (NSW) which may contain your personal information. Even if your information is stored, it can only be accessed if authorised by law as set out above.

The Agency is only permitted to store personal information for as long as is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected. Information stored by the AANSW will be protected by appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorised access or misuse.

The Agency will securely destroy any personal information that does not need to be retained.

How does the Agency manage email addresses that are collected through the website?

If you email the Agency or provide your email address through this website, the Agency will only retain and use your e-mail address for the purpose for which you have provided it.

If you subscribe to an electronic mailing list, we will only send you information relevant to the purpose or project for which you have provided it. 

If you provide feedback about this website or the Agency’s services your address will only be used for the purpose of providing you with a reply.

You will not be subscribed to any mailing list without your consent. All newsletters offer an option to ‘opt out’ or ‘unsubscribe’.

We operate in accordance with the Spam Act 2003 (Cth) and will not send unsolicited electronic messages unless they are permitted by the Act. A government department may send unsolicited emails if they contain only factual information or if they relate to goods or services provided by that department.

How does the Department manage correspondence?

AANSW receives significant amounts of correspondence, including emails, contact form submissions and posted letters. The Agency aims to open all correspondence within one business day and respond within 20 business days unless you are otherwise notified. Not all correspondence requires a response; the Agency will not respond to threatening or offensive correspondence or correspondence where the Agency is a carbon copy (‘cc’) or blind carbon copy (‘bcc’) or otherwise indicated to not be the primary recipient. 

What data does this website collect?

To help the Agency improve its website and provide better services to its users, visits to this website may be tracked, including through the use of persistent cookies, to record information that may include:

  • the user's service address;
  • the user’s top-level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc.);
  • the address of your server;
  • the date and time of your visit to the site.

The Agency only has access to anonymised and de-identified data and individuals cannot be identified by it.

Can I access or amend my personal information?

You have the right to access your personal information held by the Agency without excessive delay or expense. You also have the right to have your personal information corrected in certain circumstances (e.g. if it is incorrect). If you wish to access or correct your personal information contact the Right to Information Officer:

Aboriginal Affairs NSW
PO Box 207
Mascot NSW 1460
T: 1800 019 998

How do I complain about a breach of my privacy?

If you feel there has been a breach of your privacy you have the right to make a complaint to the Agency or to the NSW Privacy Commissioner: 

NSW Privacy Commissioner
Information and Privacy Access Commission
GPO Box 7011
Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: 1800 472 679

How do I contact the Agency?

If you have any questions about the application of the Agency’s privacy policy please contact the Right to Information Officer:

Aboriginal Affairs NSW
PO Box 207
Mascot NSW 1460
T: 1800 019 998


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