Aboriginal Community

The local Aboriginal people and traditional owners of this land in the City of South Perth are known as the Noongar/Bibbulmun people. 

The City aims to build and develop long lasting relationships of mutual benefit and inclusiveness with the first owners, the Noongar/Bibbulmun people, and our community.

Aboriginal Engagement Strategy

In 2009, as part of our community visioning process, the local community identified a desire for the City to look at developing a Reconciliation Action Plan. The Aboriginal Engagement Strategy was developed over a two-year period by a working group made up of Aboriginal/Noongar community representatives, community members and City staff. Working together to ‘create a City for everyone’, the group shared knowledge, experiences, culture and skills to foster relationships and produce the Aboriginal Engagement Strategy.

The City’s Aboriginal Engagement Strategy was endorsed by Council in March 2013. This living and working document is being implemented by the City and community to assist in ‘closing the gap’, and to build on relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people within our community.

Aboriginal Reference Group

Vision: To facilitate networks and communication between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the City of South Perth, foster respect and understanding for the Noongar nation and provide support to one another.

The Aboriginal Reference Group:

  • Provides a mechanism for discussion on issues that are relevant to the City and the local Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander community
  • Monitors the City’s progress on the Aboriginal Engagement Strategy under the four guiding principles of connection/inclusiveness, advancement, relationship and visibility
  • Provides advice on the need for the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan to help build better relations between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal people, and support the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.

Join the Aboriginal Reference Group

Applications are now open to join the City’s Aboriginal Reference Group. Applications are open to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal local residents, business representatives and service providers with a commitment to Aboriginal engagement and reconciliation. The Aboriginal Reference Group contributes to the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the City of South Perth through strong communications, respectful relationships, and cultural awareness-raising (including celebrations and events).

The group meets bimonthly over lunch (2 hours) on a mutually agreed day (currently Mondays). The membership term is 2 years (12 meetings). Applications can be made by completing the nomination form below. Nominations close 23 June 2017.


NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The City celebrates NAIDOC Week in July each year, by partnering with community organisations and local Noongar community members to host a series of events.

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