Aboriginal Affairs

LGNSW has a longstanding interest in Aboriginal Affairs and supports initiatives that bring about reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and the wider community.

LGNSW respects and acknowledges the unique culture, societies, history and traditional lands of Aboriginal Australians in NSW. Aboriginal Australians retain distinct cultural identities whether they live in urban, regional or remote areas of Australia. 

LGNSW:

  • Encourages councils to understand and respond to their local Aboriginal communities in NSW
  • Encourages governments to respond with infrastructure, facilitates and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People,  and appropriate funding for Aboriginal programs
  • Works to improve legislation relating to Aboriginal issues
  • Works to improve relations between councils and Local Aboriginal Land Councils.

Collaborate NSW: Local government and Aboriginal communities working together

Collaborate NSW is a printable resource kit (PDF, 3.4MB) and website created by LGNSW, with the assistance of the NSW Office of Local Government, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Aboriginal Affairs NSW and NSW Planning and Environment to encourage the inclusion of Aboriginal communities in council decision making, service development and delivery.

All NSW’s councils are encouraged to use this resource as a first step to unlock this potential and to create common ground, strengthen local communities and work with other spheres of government to achieve reconciliation with Aboriginal Australians.

Stand for your community

LGNSW is working with the NSW Office of Local Government to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to boost their representation as candidates at the 2017 local government elections. See LGNSW Media Release.

For more information please visit the Stand for your community page on the Collaborate NSW website.

Australian Constitution - Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

LGNSW will continue to support the Australian Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and encourages all NSW councils to adopt their own position in support.

LGNSW has developed a brief Position Paper (PDF, 168KB).

MoU with NSW Reconciliation Council

At the 2016 LGNSW Conference, a MoU (PDF, 1.4MB) was signed which outlines the shared vision of the two organisations.

Asbestos training and scholarships

LGNSW is offering Aboriginal employees in NSW councils opportunities to:
  • Attend free asbestos awareness training
  • Apply for scholarship funding to attend asbestos-related training or a conference of their choice.

NSW Aboriginal Local Government Network Conference

This conference enables Aboriginal council workers (both indoor and outdoor) to come together and share best practice programs and initiatives.

Albury City Council is the host council for the 2017 Conference from 13-15 September. Registrations are now open.

Awards

The Aboriginal Local Government Network conference has 6 award categories:

  • Young achiever award
  • Cr Pat Dixon life time achievement award
  • Aboriginal employee of the year award
  • Non-Aboriginal council employee award
  • Council of year award
  • Aboriginal outdoor staff award

2018 Conference

Each year a host council puts a bid in to host the next Conference. Next year's host council is Narrabri Shire Council.

Important Dates

  • 26 January - Australia Day/Day of Mourning/Survival Day
  • 26 May - National Sorry Day - Journey of Healing
  • 27 May to 3 June - National Reconciliation Week
  • 2 to 9 July - National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week
  • 4 August - National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day