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Department of Human Services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Cultural Maintenance

'Cultural Maintenance' is a reconciliation artwork commissioned by our department and created by South Australian artist,  Allan Sumner.

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.

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.


DHS participates in 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 achievements of Aboriginal Australians and acknowledge their vital contributions to our country..

  • Sorry Day — The National Sorry Day 2018 event is held on Friday 25 May at Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square). This annual 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.
  • DHS NAIDOC Awards — Also in support of NAIDOC Week, this year DHS will host morning teas throughout the department and will recognise’) – Recognising the contribution and achievements of Aboriginal staff and/or community.

Aged support and services

Please note: Domiciliary Care services are now provided by the Royal District Nursing Service SA (RDNS SA). For further information, contact RDNS SA on 1300 364 264 or

Disability support and services


Financial support and services


Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation South Australia


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05 Jul 2018
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