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Culture and Capability

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, history and culture is about respect for all Australians.

Supporting culture and making sure Indigenous organisations are capable of delivering quality services to their communities will achieve real results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

To make this happen, government and communities need to work together to:

  • Generate support for a referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Deliver more cultural projects and activities
  • Make sure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations are run well
  • Encourage more organisations to register under the Corporations (Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Act) 2006.

Strengthening leadership and culture is critical to ensuring sustainability of Indigenous organisations and communities for future generations.

Recent stories

The following words appear on an orange background: '50 years since the 1967 referendum, Remember, 25 years since the Mabo Decision.
19 May 2017

Each year we celebrate National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 Referendum and the Mabo High Court decision.

Image made up of two parts: on the left is a poster made of multiple colours in circles around the words ‘Our Languages Matter’. The poster is covered with many Indigenous language group names. On the right are details of NAIDOC Week
15 May 2017

Wiradjuri woman Joanne Cassady has won the 2017 National NAIDOC Poster Competition with her work which is titled Your Tribe, My Tribe, Our Nation.

Three Indigenous men covered in traditional paint doing a traditional dance. The following words are shown: NAIDOC Week grant funding now closed.
28 Apr 2017

Funding was provided by the Australian Government under the 2017 NAIDOC local grants round to support communities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2017.