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Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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Welcome to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander section of the website. Here you can find Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content from the Department.

Watch a video of artist Allan Sumner (YouTube 5.24 mins), describing the meaning of his artwork ‘Cultural Maintenance’ commissioned by the Department.

Explore the interactive image of the Cultural Maintenance artwork, highlighting the significance and meaning behind the different elements of the artwork.

Aged support and services

Ngadluku Purkarna Tirra-apinthi - Protecting our Elders

Domiciliary Care has created some culturally appropriate resources for service providers to help them identify, respond, intervene and prevent abuse of older people in the Aboriginal community.

Older Aboriginal people, like all people, have the right to feel safe from harm, abuse and neglect.

Disability support and services


Financial support and services



DHS participates in the Sorry Day and NAIDOC events each year with a stall promoting the department and its services at each event.

These events acknowledge important days of remembrance and commemoration, and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. They also provide an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Aboriginal Australians in various fields.

  • Sorry Day — The National Sorry Day 2018 event will be held on Friday 25 May at Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square). This Sorry Day event is organised by the Journey of Healing Association (SA).
  • SA NAIDOC Family Fun Day — Friday 13 July 2018 at Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square). Supporting NAIDOC Week, 8 to 15 July.  This event is organised by the South Australian NAIDOC Committee.
  • Chief Executive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee of the Year Awards — Also in support of NAIDOC Week, this year DHS will host morning teas throughout the department and will recognise the contribution and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.


National Sorry Day webpage

ANTaR SA, Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (South Australia) Inc

Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation South Australia


NAIDOC South Australia


Art Design by Allan Sumner titled 'Cultural Maintenance'.

This artwork is a fusion of symbols that represent the Department’s Reconciliation Action Plan vision. The artwork reflects many values that help to build the capacity of DHS. It visually pieces together in waveform, representing cohesion and connectedness as an organisation.

Please note that all graphics on this page have been used with the express permission of the copyright owners. These images are not owned by the Government of South Australia. See the copyright statement for further information..

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Last Updated:
28 Oct 2016
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22 Jun 2018
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