Lil Gordon has accepted the permanent role as Head of Aboriginal Affairs, after six months in the Acting role at Aboriginal Affairs NSW, part of the Community Engagement Group of the NSW Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC).
The Coalition of Peaks has released a landmark report on the 2019 community engagements with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to inform a new National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
Download the report (https://coalitionofpeaks.org..
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..
National Reconciliation Week (https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/), held each year from May 27 – June 3, is always a powerful time for our community as we grow connections between the Australian community and Abo..
In delivering my first Sorry Day message as A/HoAA, I want to firstly acknowledge that for many people the connection to the Stolen Generations is very personal and deeply emotional.
Sorry Day is a day for commemoration, reflection and truth-..
Aboriginal Affairs NSW today confirmed the appointment of members to the inaugural Aboriginal Languages Trust Board and marked the proclamation of the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017 that commenced on 5 March 2020.
On 24 October 2017, NSW beca..
The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Don Harwin resigned on Friday 10 April 2020 and his portfolio now comes under the responsibility of the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian. (https://www.nsw.gov.au/premier-of-nsw/contact-premier)
Packages containing essential items like non-perishable foods and hygiene supplies will be provided to remote Aboriginal communities impacted by COVID-19 measures as part of a coordinated assistance effort by the NSW Government and NSW Aboriginal..
COVID-19 Aboriginal health resources now available through NSW Health:
As 26th of January approaches I reflect firstly on the bushfires and the droughts, which have impacted the health and well-being of many Australians. I am reminded of the absolute resilience and unwavering determination in the face of adversity a..
Aboriginal Affairs NSW is pleased to announce that Lil Gordon will act as the Head of Aboriginal Affairs from 13 January 2020. Recruitment action is underway to appoint a permanent Head of Aboriginal Affairs following the departure of Jason Ardle..
After seven years leading Aboriginal Affairs in NSW to become a national leader in Aboriginal affairs policy, Deputy Secretary Jason Ardler has announced he is leaving the NSW Public Sector.
Jason’s tenure at Aboriginal Affairs NSW has left ..
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..
On 28 October 2019, the NSW Ombudsman tabled the OCHRE Review Report in the NSW Parliament. The report is available here (https://www.ombo.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/74183/OCHRE-Report_October-2019.pdf).
The findings from the Ombu..
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..
I am pleased to announce that the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy (CAEPR) at the Australian National University (ANU) has been engaged to collect the evidence over the next three year’s about how agreement making with Aborigina..
Next week marks two significant dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and for Aboriginal Affairs NSW. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) (https://aboriginalchildrensd..
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..
I’m writing to you ahead of one of the most significant weeks of the year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, commencing with National Sorry Day this Sunday, followed by the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum on Monda..
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..
NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances Accord
On the 27 February 2019 Mr Des Jones, Chairperson of the NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs The Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC, for the NSW Governm..
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..
The 2019 NAIDOC Week Grants opened today, with financial contributions being offered for community-based organisations to run local events from 7 to 14 July 2019. Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding in the order of $500 to $1,..
I know that as the weekend approaches, you and your families will be thinking about what our National day means to you and how to respond to it.
Many of you would have been following the media coverage on what the 26 January means to differen..
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..
Agreement to improve social housing outcomes in the Murdi Paaki Region; a major step towards self-determination
New and innovative social housing models and approaches will be developed and delivered through a joint decision making body in a ..
Three Rivers Regional Assembly provides more say for Aboriginal peoples and communities in the Central West
On Monday 10 December 2018, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC, travelled to Dubbo to meet with the Chai..
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..
Many South Sydney Rabbitohs fans already think of Redfern Oval as a significant site, but now it’s been made official, following its approval to be included on the NSW State Heritage Register.
NSW Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton said the a..
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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To my AA colleagues,
The beginning of August brings with it two significant dates, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) on 4 August (http://aboriginalchildrensday.com.au/what-is-childrens-day/) a..
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..
A smoking ceremony will be held on Friday 27 July 2018 to cleanse the site where the brand new Aboriginal Centre for Excellence (ACE) will be developed. The $20 million ACE will support young Aboriginal people from Western Sydney to successfully ..
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..
A fully owned Aboriginal construction business will build the NSW Government’s $20 million Aboriginal Centre for Excellence, which will support young Aboriginal people in making the transition from school into further employment and education.
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 ..
NAIDOC Week is here, officially starting Sunday, 8 July and continuing through to Sunday, 15 July.
NAIDOC Week is a time for all Australians to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achieve..
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 ..
To all my AA colleagues,
A significant week of healing is upon Australia with National Sorry Day tomorrow, then National Reconciliation Week and Mabo Day the following Sunday.
National Sorry Day (https://www.reconciliation.org.au/nation..
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..
Last Friday, 11 May 2018, the Government’s Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP) was announced. The APP aims to grow Aboriginal businesses and support 3000 additional Aboriginal employment opportunities. The policy includes a 3% ..
A new day dawns in the Illawarra
Today we celebrate a giant step towards self-determination for Aboriginal people in this state.
Today, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, The Hon Sarah Mitchell, will travel to Country to meet with the..
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, ..
Tomorrow on ANZAC Day, we commemorate the landing at Anzac Cove and the beginning of the Gallipoli campaign.
Most Australians would know the story of the ANZACs at Gallipoli but probably wouldn’t know that an estimated 50 Abor..
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..
One of my proudest achievements for Aboriginal Affairs last year was our role in the passing of the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017.
The Act acknowledges the importance of Aboriginal languages to Aboriginal people and all people in NSW. It was ..
*Disclaimer: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff should be aware that the following message contains information which may cause distress.
Today we reflect upon the Appin Massacre (https://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/appin_massacre)..
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.
Today is Harmony Day, a day on which we celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. A day to acknowledge and respect the many different cultural and religious backgrounds of modern day Australians. A day of belonging for all.
Today is National Close the Gap Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the campaign to put an end to the disparity in health and life expectancy outcomes between First Peoples and non-Aboriginal Australians within a generation...
Two years ago we launched the Aboriginal Affairs Strategic Plan, which links the work of our agency with the NSW Government’s commitment to promoting economic, social and cultural development opportunities for Aboriginal people in NSW.
Today on International Women’s Day, we congratulate Julie Shelley, who has just been named NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.
Julie is a proud Kamilaroi woman who has lived and worked in the Western Sydney Aboriginal community for more than 4..
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..
Design plans for the new Aboriginal Centre for Excellence in Western Sydney have been unveiled to more than 100 community members and organisations at a Community Open Day today.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said the Commun..
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..
To all my AA colleagues and your families,
Australia Day is tomorrow and the discussion about it in the media has been extensive and divisive. That’s why the Executive and I think it is important to share with you some of our thoughts about y..
ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES ACT 2017
Aboriginal Languages Establishment Advisory Group
Expressions of Interest have now closed
Now that the Aboriginal Languages legislation is in place, we are in the establishment phase, which includes:
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..
In a first for NSW, tourism and other business opportunities in Eden could be fast-tracked for Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council, with the signing of an accord that guarantees cooperation and collaboration.
The Minister for Aboriginal Affai..
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
Today, Wednesday 11 October 2017
11.15am – Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremo..
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 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..
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.
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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.
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.
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 ..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
In March 2015 the Baird Government has made a commitment of $20 million over two years for the establishment of an Aboriginal Centre for Excellence in Western Sydney.
Western Sydney has a significant Aboriginal population and is also an area ..
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 1920â€²s which sought to increase..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
The Southern Cross University, Lismore will host the third of four seminars presenting the Aboriginal Affairs NSW research agenda 2018-2023 (/pdfs/research-and-evaluation/Research-Agenda-Jan-2018.pdf)
Thursday 26th July
Southern Cross Univ..
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 (/policy-reform/l..