Aboriginal Affairs

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) respects and acknowledges the unique culture, societies, history and traditional lands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians throughout NSW.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians retain distinct cultural identities regardless of whether they live in urban, regional or remote areas of the state.

  • Support initiatives that bring about reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and the wider community
  • Encourage member councils to better understand and respond to their Aboriginal communities
  • Encourage the state and federal governments to provide infrastructure, facilities and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and appropriate funding for culturally appropriate Aboriginal programs
  • Work to improve legislation relating to Aboriginal issues
  • Work to improve relations between member councils and Local Aboriginal Land Councils

NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference

The Local Government Aboriginal Network (LGAN) Conference brings Aboriginal council employees together to share best practice initiatives and programs. Email LGAN Executive Cr Dominic Wy Kanak or LGNSW Policy Officer Elle Brunsdon on (02) 9242 4082 for more information.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Collaborate NSW

Local government and Aboriginal communities working together

A joint initiative between LGNSW, the NSW Office of Local Government, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Aboriginal Affairs NSW and NSW Planning and Environment, Collaborate NSW consists of a resource kit and website to help encourage the inclusion of Aboriginal communities in council decision-making, service development and delivery.

Councils are encouraged to use this resource 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 works with the NSW Office of Local Government to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to boost their representation as candidates in local government elections.

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

Important dates

26 January    Australia Day / Day of Mourning / Survival Day 
26 May   National Sorry Day – Journey of Healing
27 May – 3 June   National Reconciliation Week
7 – 14 July   National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week
4 August   National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day