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Aboriginal partnerships

We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of South Australia, and work with them to care for Country.

Caring for Country means working together to manage our state, and in particular places of environmental, historical, social, cultural and spiritual significance.

We have a long history of working with Aboriginal people to care for Country. These relationships continue to grow and change, and today we have a wide variety of partnership arrangements with Aboriginal groups across the state. These include Aboriginal representation on Natural Resources Management Boards, co-management of protected areas and National Parks. We also support Caring for Country activities through service delivery arrangements and grants. As well as contracts and commitments on how we will engage with Aboriginal people and groups, such as Native Title holders and Heritage committees.

Through Aboriginal partnerships, we better recognise Aboriginal interests in the work we do and it’s important we continue to strengthen these partnerships so that Aboriginal groups can meet their Caring for Country obligations.

The Department for Environment and Water is committed to continually improve our approach to Aboriginal partnerships and have recently updated our Reconciliation Action Plan . Our new plan aims to support DEW in meeting the State’s Aboriginal employment targets and increase the employment and service delivery opportunities for Aboriginal organisations

Read a case study about Aboriginal Partnerships in The Living Murray program.

View the Water Resource Planning Statement of Commitment between DEW, SAMDB NRM Board, SE NRM Board and the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority to guide Ngarrindjeri engagement in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

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Find out about the Kungun Ngarrindjeri Yunnan Agreement

Find more detail about this innovative contractual agreement between the Government of South Australia and the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority.

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