Aboriginal Affairs NSW

We connect, listen, and advocate to lead accountability and change across Government, while contributing to the broader community.  This purpose statement helps guide every decision, action, and plan for the agency. 

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Aboriginal Affairs NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands where we work and the places in which we live. We pay respect to Ancestors and Elders past and present. We recognise the unique cultural and spiritual relationship and celebrate the contributions of First Nations peoples to Australia.

Meet the Aboriginal Affairs NSW team

Meet the team who share a vision that every Aboriginal person and community is thriving and celebrated.

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Our key initiatives

Grants and funding

Aboriginal Affairs NSW helps fund organisations, groups and Aboriginal communities working in NSW.

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The NSW Government is working with Aboriginal communities to address past and continued harms. We listen to and work with Aboriginal people and communities towards healing.

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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

The NSW Government is committed to Aboriginal Cultural Heritage reform. Listening to Community brings better understanding of ways to celebrate and protect Aboriginal culture.

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Land rights

The Aboriginal Land Rights Act, 1983 (ALRA) provides land rights for Aboriginal people in NSW. The principle of self-determination underpins the ALRA.

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Improving outcomes

Information about initiatives that support a new way of NSW Government building relationships with communities.

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Data resources

Aboriginal Affairs NSW improves knowledge about Aboriginal communities and how this can guide relevant government programs.

Ministers and Deputy Secretary

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Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty, Minister for Gaming and Racing, Minister for Veterans, Minister for Medical Research, Minister for the Central Coast.

The Hon. David Harris MP

For more information on The Hon. David Harris MP visit the NSW Parliamentary website.

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Deputy Secretary of Aboriginal Affairs

Shane Hamilton

A proud Wakka Wakka and Bundjalung man from Queensland.

Contact Aboriginal Affairs

Office address: Level 6, 201 Coward Street, Mascot NSW 2020

Postal address: PO Box 207, Mascot NSW 2020

Phone:1800 019 998Business hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday

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