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...continue reading
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.
The pr..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
The Australian National University, Canberra will host the second of four seminars presenting the Aboriginal Affairs NSW research agenda 2018-2023 (/pdfs/research-and-evaluation/Research-Agenda-Jan-2018.pdf)
Wednesday 11 April
Australian Na..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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:
forming ..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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.
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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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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 ..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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 ..continue reading
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..continue reading
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 ..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
Below is the 2015 Tackling Violence television commercial. Your browser does not support the video tag...continue reading
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 ..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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 ..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading
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..continue reading