The National NAIDOC Committee has confirmed that the 2020 NAIDOC Week celebrations will now take place from 8-15 November. The theme for this year is Always Was, Always Will Be.
Communities and organisations planning to celebrate the origin..
Round 1 of the new 2019/20 Arts and Cultural Funding Program has delivered nearly $7.2 million in funding across Annual Organisation, Project and Creative Koori Projects categories.
Ten newly formed Artform Boards assessed the first round of ..
Aboriginal language projects are to receive a boost with $300,000 in new funding for programs that promote the use of First Nations’ languages.
The Aboriginal Languages Community Investments Program will provide one-off funding and resourcing..
Communities across NSW are invited to have their say on the development of a new National Agreement on Closing the Gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.
Closing the Gap is the key national fr..
The NSW Government is providing stronger protection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in police custody by implementing reforms following the inquest into the tragic death of Rebecca Maher.
Attorney General Mark Speakman and Mi..
One of NSW’s most sacred Aboriginal sites will be protected forever with the NSW Government announcing its State heritage listing today.
The Calga Aboriginal Cultural Landscape on the Central Coast is a symbolic and ritualised sandstone amph..
Aboriginal births registered in NSW climbed by 53 per cent last year with a record 7,491 births recorded, Attorney General Mark Speakman, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Don Harwin and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello announced toda..
The first Premier’s Priority developed in partnership with the Aboriginal community has been announced – an ambitious target to significantly increase the proportion of Aboriginal students completing year 12, while maintaining their cultural iden..
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Heritage Don Harwin today announced $220,000 in Heritage Grants to two projects involving Kempsey’s former Kinchela Boys Home.
Presenting the grants in Kempsey at the start of Reconciliation Week, Minister ..
The people of NSW are being encouraged to reflect on past treatments of the Nation’s First Peoples on National Sorry Day.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Don Harwin said May 26 is an important date for our Nation’s First Peoples as it marks t..
The NSW Government has extended the operation of the Stolen Generations Advisory Committee providing a forum for survivors to advise the government for another two years.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Don Harwin said the Committee which wi..
A landmark agreement has been signed between regional Aboriginal Alliances and the NSW Government.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said the Accord with the New South Wales Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances (NCARA) refl..
Young Aboriginal people in Western Sydney will have access to state-of-the-art technology and training, thanks to an agreement signed by Microsoft and LinkedIn and the Kimberwalli Centre – a NSW Government initiative to support young Aboriginal p..
A new joint decision making agreement between the NSW Government and the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly has been signed today to improve social housing options for Aboriginal people across the region.
The agreement, negotiated through the Loca..
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell today visited Dubbo to sign a landmark agreement between Aboriginal peoples in the Three Rivers region and the NSW Government.
Minister Mitchell said this important milestone was achieved after c..
A new Aboriginal Centre of Excellence to ensure young Aboriginal people are at the forefront of economic development in Western Sydney will be named in traditional Aboriginal language, the NSW Government announced today.
Minister for Aborigi..
Aboriginal children will have greater opportunities in preschool settings across NSW thanks to a boost from the NSW Government to extend two key Aboriginal programs to the end of 2019.
An additional $750,000 has been allocated to continue Ni..
A plaque recognising the history of the Stolen Generations in Australia has been unveiled at an official ceremony at Sydney’s Central Station.
The plaque, a NSW Government initiative in collaboration with Stolen Generations survivor organisa..
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Sarah Mitchell has tabled the Unfinished Business Progress Report to Parliament, which details the work the NSW Government has done so far to progress the commitments made to Stolen Generations survivors, including fin..
A detailed evaluation of the NSW Government’s plan for Aboriginal affairs has been presented during a ceremonial launch at Parliament House today.
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Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell today unveiled a traditional Aboriginal Bark Canoe as a symbolic reminder and celebration of Aboriginal people’s connection to Australian wa..
The NSW Government has today launched a $10 million program to identify proposals for social impact investments that promote Aboriginal economic development and growth.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell and Minister for Finance V..
In 2011, the NSW Government and Aboriginal communities started a conversation resulting in OCHRE, our community focused plan for Aboriginal Affairs. Since then, we have continued the conversation about the issues that matter to Aboriginal people ..
The NSW Government is investing $474.3 million on our youngest learners in the 2018-19 Budget – a $29.8 million increase on last year.
Minister for Early Childhood Education and Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said the budget includes a re..
NSW Budget 2018, funding a new Aboriginal Social Housing Strategy, Australia’s first Aboriginal Languages Trust and social impact investment.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said the Budget incl..
The life-changing benefits provided to Aboriginal students via a unique education and sport based engagement program will be significantly boosted under a $3.75 million grant contained in the 2018-19 NSW Budget.
The grant will support the Cl..
NSW continues to lead the way on social impact investments by committing $10 million over four years to Aboriginal economic development opportunities in the 2018-19 Budget.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the funding is part of a host o..
Uncle Manuel Ebsworth, a Stolen Generations Survivor, activist and Chair of the Kinchela Boys Aboriginal Corporation, sadly passed away in Port Macquarie earlier this week.
I would like to acknowledge Uncle Manuel’s many years of dedication ..
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell has spoken today about the importance of acknowledging National Sorry Day on May 26 and remembering and recognising the past mistreatment of our Nation’s First Peoples.
Minister Mitchell has dra..
The NSW Government has set a new whole of government target to support Aboriginal jobs through its procurement activities, helping to support the creation of thousands of new jobs.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Finance Victor Domi..
The National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair will return to Sydney across two days in 2018, with the event set to kick off celebrations ahead of this year’s NAIDOC Week.
Presented by Blak Markets, a social enterprise arm of First Hand Solutions, ..
Nine representatives from Aboriginal communities across the state will make up the expert panel that will work to preserve and safeguard Aboriginal languages.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said the Aboriginal Language Establ..
The NSW Government continues to focus on the importance of Aboriginal culture and heritage, with a new program developed for our state’s youngest learners that will support Aboriginal languages to be taught in early childhood services.
Kamilaroi woman Julie Shelley, who has dedicated her life to supporting members of the Western Sydney Aboriginal community, has been named as the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell presented Ms S..
The NSW Government is again offering grants for grassroots organisations to run local events in NAIDOC Week, the annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said she is..
For the first time ever, NSW will have stand-alone legislation for our State’s Aboriginal cultural heritage and the NSW Government is asking for your contribution.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell and Minister for Heritage Gabr..
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..
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..
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..
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Sarah Mitchell will introduce an Australian-first Aboriginal Languages Bill into the NSW Parliament
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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..
The Western Sydney Aboriginal Centre for 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 Affai..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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.
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..
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..
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..
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.
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
$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,..
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..
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..
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..
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today announced community consultations for the NSW Government's $20 million Aboriginal Centre for Excellence in Western Sydney.
Mrs Williams said a community forum will be held on 9 November at..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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.
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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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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.
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 ..
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.
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..
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..
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..
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..