The Department of the Premier and Cabinet  is the South Australian Government’s lead agency on Aboriginal affairs, providing engagement, support and advice for Aboriginal people. Aboriginal artwork by Elizabeth Close

Our Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) division works with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations with a focus on:

  • empowering Aboriginal people to have a stronger voice in government decision-making
  • supporting the state’s three Aboriginal landholding authorities: the Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT), Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) and Maralinga Tjarutja (MT)
  • encouraging engagement with Aboriginal stakeholders by the government, business and community sectors
  • recognising and celebrating the contributions of Aboriginal culture and peoples to South Australian society
  • partnering with Aboriginal people to protect and preserve Aboriginal heritage
  • working with Aboriginal South Australians to ensure that the needs of Aboriginal people and communities are met, including in areas of identified disadvantage, as well as those of strength.

Welcome to Country

AAR encourages the use of Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country, where appropriate, at events and gatherings on Aboriginal land to recognise the traditional custodians.

View the Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country statements.

Current initiatives

Find out more about key AAR initiatives:

View all AAR initiatives.

Aboriginal Heritage

Find out more about the way in which AAR works to protect and preserve Aboriginal heritage:

View all Aboriginal Heritage information.


AAR releases and/or distributes a range of publications from newsletters to reports.

View all AAR publications.

Cultural Trainers

To promote the delivery of cultural awareness training, AAR maintains a Register of Cultural Awareness Training Providers.

Related legislation

The Premier, as the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, has carriage of the following legislation:

Related links

Other pages you may find interesting:

For more information contact:

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
Level 2, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 320, Adelaide SA 5001 
Phone (08) 8226 8900
Fax (08) 8226 8999