Aboriginal Community

The Noongar/Bibbulmun people are the Traditional Owners of the South West of Western Australia. The City of South Perth is located on Whadjak Noongar Country and we acknowledge the continuing connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to this land.

For a number of years, the City has been working with local Aboriginal people and the community to build relationships, trust and understanding on our journey of reconciliation.

The City’s Aboriginal Engagement Strategy was developed by a working group made up of Noongar community representatives, community members and City staff. This working document, endorsed by Council in March 2013, has been implemented by the City and community to assist in ‘closing the gap’, and to build on relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people within the community.

The Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) provides a framework for the City to build on the Aboriginal Engagement Strategy and continue its journey to support the national reconciliation movement and to achieve our own vision for reconciliation within our own community. 

Draft Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan

The public feedback period for the draft Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is now closed.

The Innovate RAP indicates that the City is at the second stage of our reconciliation journey. The draft RAP has been developed following the successful implementation of our Aboriginal Engagement Strategy and provides a framework to help us achieve our vision for, and commitment to reconciliation. The actions are meaningful yet aspirational and innovative to help us trial new approaches for developing and strengthening relationships, showing respect and improving opportunities for Aboriginal people.

The RAP provides a guide for recognising and celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage in the City 

Feedback will now be reviewed and the draft RAP updated where required.  It will then be presented to Council for adoption towards the end of the year.

Visit yoursay.southperth.wa.gov.au for more information. Feedback closed on Monday 6 July 2020.

Aboriginal Reference Group

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 is made up of  Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal local residents, business representatives and service providers with a commitment to Aboriginal engagement and reconciliation.

NAIDOC Week

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.

Due to COVID-19 National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations were postponed from July 2020 and will now be held from the 8-15 November 2020.

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