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Aboriginality Statement

We are constantly asked and constantly hear about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people having trouble, or not understanding the process of obtaining an Aboriginality Statement. Additionally, why this is neccesary and the general rules about who can ask for one.

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Definition of Indigenous Australia and its application into Policies and Services

The term Indigenous Australians is used when referring to both Indigenous races of Australia,

These being:-
(i) Australian Aboriginal people and;
(ii) Torres Strait Islander people

To understand and apply this terminology means that you also understand that these Australians are two separate races, and policies devised on behalf of these races should clearly be highlighted. In fact it is not enough to understand this term but it is also important that the people from these two races are properly represented on organisations, boards etc who use the word Indigenous Australian in promoting their service delivery.

There are many Indigenous Australian organisations, and  non-Indigenous Australian organisations that are using the term "Indigenous Australian", however in operation these organisations mainly focus on the Aboriginal people of Australia, and often you will find very little Torres Strait Islander representation and input. Even the Artwork used reflects only one of the Indigenous races, the Aboriginal race. This is definitely a form of discrimination, as the human rights issues confronting the Torres Strait Islanders are not adequately addressed if addressed at all.

 

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