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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.

For specific advice about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, personal ancestry or proof of Aboriginality, contact the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Recent stories

Aboriginal man in red football jumper decorated with traditional designs stands at right. At top left is a logo and the letters: ISC. Below are the words: The official 2019 Dreamtime Guernsey.
24 May 2019

To mark Reconciliation Week, Australian sporting teams acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture during their Indigenous rounds.

Blue, green and ochre two sided poster with Indigenous design and featuring shape of Uluru at base. At top are the words Voice Treaty Truth and on right side are the words: 2019 Naidoc Week Poster Winner. At bottom is Awaken, Charmaine Mumbulla
16 May 2019

Charmaine Mumbulla, a proud Kaurna and Narungga woman, is this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition.

Group of people, some standing and others kneeling, dressed in casual clothes stand on grass with trees and a hill in the background.
14 May 2019

Screen Australia and the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) are pleased to announce the eight Indigenous teams from Australia and New Zealand who will work on a joint anthology feature, Cook 2020: Our Right of Reply, entitled Ngā Pouwhenua in New Zealand.

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