Aboriginal affairs

The Office of Environment and Heritage is committed to fostering opportunities for partnerships with Aboriginal people, to:

  • promote, protect and share Aboriginal culture and heritage
  • conserve, revitalise, care for and enjoy places of yesteryear
  • recognise and protect heritage assets for tomorrow
  • increase active participation in, and volunteering for, local heritage projects
  • help people to identify, protect and conserve Aboriginal and historic heritage places, objects and values in landscapes.

OEH is responsible for contributing to the following NSW 2021 goal and target:

Goal 26: Fostering opportunity and partnership with Aboriginal people
Target: Support Aboriginal Culture, Country and Identity

  • Increase the number of hectares of public lands that Aboriginal people are actively involved in managing.
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal culturally significant objects and places protected.

OEH recognises that a strong sense of Aboriginal culture, Country and identity is critical to building strong, sustainable Aboriginal communities where members feel more connected and respected. More opportunities to participate in cultural activities, and education and training programs, will help to create a greater sense of Aboriginal identity and strengthen communities. OEH actions to deliver on this NSW 2021 goal and target include:

OEH recognises that a strong sense of cultural identity and a supportive staff network is important to our Aboriginal staff. Established in 1984 as a support mechanism for Aboriginal staff employed in the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the OEH Aboriginal Network Program now represents all Divisions in OEH and the EPA.

The OEH Aboriginal Network Program will provide Aboriginal staff with opportunities to:

  • contribute to development of policies, programs and strategies that affect Aboriginal staff and communities
  • develop regional strategies and actions to support regional Aboriginal staff and develop statewide strategies and actions to support Aboriginal staff, both culturally and professionally
  • increase their opportunities for professional development, through participating in regional and state advisory committees and through the provision of training at regional and statewide meetings, and throughout the year
  • provide input to strategy and action plan development, and implement associated projects.

Page last updated: 15 April 2013