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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

Photograph of an elderly woman wearing glasses and a white top, she is sitting on a wooden dining chair. Behind her is a bookshelf, and next to her is a plant.
9 Mar 2017

2017 Senior Australian of the Year, Sister Anne Gardiner is a deserving winner of the award after serving Tiwi Islanders for 50 years and establishing the Patakijiyali Museum for the preservation of Tiwi history, language and culture.

Young Indigenous man wearing grey t-shirt standing beneath a tree and holding a cardboard cut-out of Australia featuring a dot with an arrow to the words Tennant Creek.
2 Mar 2017

For the last five years, 22-year-old Sean Bahr-Kelly has spent his time travelling the Barkly Region in the NT, capturing and sharing the stories of its residents.

Indigenous woman dressed in black prepares multiple food dishes on stainless steel bench with fellow chefs in the background.
7 Feb 2017

Seven Aboriginal Certificate III Hospitality students from TAFE Western Wilcannia have returned from the Kambarang food festival in triumph, where they not only built their skills for future employment, but showcased their passion for food to some of the world’s best chefs.