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. 

Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan

The City's Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-2023 was endorsed by Council in June 2021.

The Innovate RAP is the second stage of our reconciliation journey and has been developed with input from the community and key stakeholders.

There are four stages to our reconciliation journey;

  • Reflect
  • Innovate
  • Stretch
  • Elevate.

The Innovate RAP will provide a framework to help us achieve our vision for, and commitment to reconciliation. It will act as a guide for recognising and celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage within the City.

The actions are meaningful yet aspirational to help us trial new approaches for developing and strengthening relationships, showing respect and improving opportunities for Aboriginal people. 

The Innovate RAP has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and we look forward to working with the community to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group 

The RAP Working 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, service providers and City of South Perth staff with a commitment to Aboriginal engagement and reconciliation.


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. Visit the Events section of the website to find out more.

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