Statement of Service

The Nations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have cared for the land, the celestial bodies, the waterways, the plants, the animals and participated in ritual and ceremonies which maintained a sustainable life for thousands of generations. Contemporary Australians live and benefit from this. The contribution of Aboriginal Australians has shaped our knowledge of the country and our identity. All Australians benefit from the generosity of Aboriginal people sharing the Country and their culture.

Relationships Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and economic connection to the Land and Waterways, and apologises for the atrocities that have been perpetrated on them and their ancestors, and recognises the continued impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians today.

Relationships Australia is committed to an ongoing process of reconciliation. Relationships Australia will actively engage in redressing inequitable distributions of the physical, spiritual and political economy, in regards to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. Relationships Australia recognises and acknowledges that dispossession of Country, and the disruption to family connections, have resulted in a breakdown of social networks created through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians’ Knowledge, Law, Spirituality and Culture. Relationships Australia recognises the continuous inter-generational impact of the history of invasion, policies and legislation.

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