The South Australian Government is committed to Reconciliation through actively supporting and working towards a new respectful and mutually beneficial relationship between Aboriginal people and the broader community.
At the heart of this approach is a recognition of Aboriginal peoples as the first peoples of this state and an understanding that Reconciliation is the responsibility of all South Australians.
The South Australian Government also recognises that a key part of Reconciliation is acknowledging and addressing the inequalities faced by many Aboriginal people, including in areas such as health, education and employment.
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation works closely with Reconciliation Australia and Reconciliation South Australia to advance Reconciliation.
- On 27 May 1967, 90% of voters gave the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal people, and for Aboriginal people to be recognised in the national census. It was Australia’s most successful referendum.
- On 3 June 1992, the High Court delivered its landmark Mabo decision, which legally recognised that Aboriginal peoples have a special and ongoing relationship to the land. This recognition paved the way for Native Title land rights.
National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to celebrate the unique culture and history of Aboriginal people.
Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs)
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet, along with other state government departments, has formalised its commitment to Reconciliation in a Reconciliation Action Plan. RAPs are practical plans of action built on relationships, respect and opportunities. The RAP initiative was established by Reconciliation Australia in 2006, with finalised RAPs registered with Reconciliation Australia.
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet is currently finalising its Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 and it will be made available online once it has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.