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. 


  • 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.

NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 2018

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

This year Narrabri Shire Council will host the conference from 12 to 14 September.


The Local Government Aboriginal Network conference has six award categories:

  • Young Achiever
  • Cr Pat Dixon Lifetime Achievement
  • Aboriginal Employee of the Year
  • Non-Aboriginal Council Employee
  • Council of the Year
  • Aboriginal Outdoor Staff

Find out more and register

Please contact the LGAN Secretariat at lgansecretariat@gmail.com for more information.

Albury City Council hosted the 2017 Conference from 13-15 September 2017. 


LGAN 2018 Award Nomination Form

LGAN 2019 Conference Bid form 

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 Position Statement (PDF, 69KB).

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.

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