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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

Elderly Aboriginal man in white shirt and jeans squats next to a river on a sandy shore. In the background on the other side of the river are houses and trees.
16 Aug 2019

Learn the story of Burramattagal (Parramatta River) as told by Uncle Jimmy Smith of the Wangal people.

Group of Indigenous women in casual clothing stand on dry grass with a dirt road and trees in the background. Two vehicles are also in the background.
13 Aug 2019

The sixth Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program has kicked-off, as a group of nine Indigenous women from our region, commenced recently on stage one in Cairns.

Two Aboriginal women stand on a beach with water and trees in the background. They support a finely weaved circular item between them which stands almost as high as them.
9 Aug 2019

The Morrison Government has announced $20.81 million to support around 80 Indigenous art centres, as well as a number of art fairs, service organisations and regional hubs, providing new opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, most living in remote communities.

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