We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora nation as the Traditional Custodians of our local area.
Our vision for reconciliation
Our vision for reconciliation is a Sydney that values the living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, embraces the truthful reflection of the histories and experiences of First Nations peoples, and is dedicated to equity, opportunity and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
In taking action, we strive to reflect the needs and aspirations of Sydney's First Nations communities and recognise their impact and contribution. We’ll listen to and elevate the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Why we’re doing this
By acknowledging our shared past, we lay the groundwork for a future which embraces all Australians based on mutual respect and shared responsibility for our land.
In 1788, the British established a convict outpost on the shores of Sydney Harbour. This had far reaching and devastating impacts on the Eora Nation, including the occupation and appropriation of traditional lands.
Despite the destructive impact of this invasion, Aboriginal cultures endured and are now globally recognised as the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
Cultural support & fundingEora Journey: Recognition in the public domainCelebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Strategies & action plansEora Journey economic development planA dynamic 10-year plan to contribute to sustained prosperity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.Published 30 November 2016
Building new infrastructureCreating a local Aboriginal knowledge and culture centre in RedfernWorking with community to share First Nations cultures.In progress · Redfern
Strategies & action plansReconciliation action planOur plan to build and strengthen meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.Published 23 November 2020
PoliciesAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocolsObserving customs demonstrates respect for cultural traditions and histories.Published 12 November 2012
PoliciesBusking and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practice policy – local approvals policyAims to support and promote busking culture while balancing the expectations and needs of all users of public space.Published 27 February 2023
Programs and initiatives
We support and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities with a range of projects and events.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel
Important dates and events
Below is a summary of formal and informal dates that correspond to milestones in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history. We encourage the entire community to celebrate and commemorate Indigenous culture on these days.
City of Sydney News
NewsCity of Sydney employees share what makes our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce strategy importantHow we support and increase economic equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people1 June 2023
NewsGet help to host your Voice to Parliament event Community groups and organisations can take advantage of venue hire support in the lead up to the referendum.30 May 2023
News8 ways to connect with First Nations cultures and communities Make an impact beyond National Reconciliation Week19 May 2023
NewsWhy we support a First Nations Voice in the Australian ConstitutionThe City of Sydney has supported the long campaign for the Australian constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.19 April 2023
NewsColoured Diggers March: making Anzac Day a celebration for allFind out more about this annual event recognising First Nations service personnel.18 April 2023
NewsApplications open for Calling Country creative production services for Sydney New Year’s EveWe're looking for an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander organisation to provide creative production services for the Calling Country segment on New Year's Eve6 April 2023
NewsOur first round of grants is open for 2023Everything you need to know about our current round7 February 2023
News5 things you should know about Yabun FestivalA look back on the evolution of Yabun Festival.19 January 2023
NewsCash grants boosting local initiativesWe’re giving more than $2 million in grants to fund projects that make Sydney a great place to live, work and visit.29 November 2022
NewsAboriginal or Torres Strait Islander business to bring Sydney’s newest public plaza to life Bring cultural, creative or retail ideas to life with the help of an accommodation grant17 November 2022
Welcome to Country
As a mark of respect to the traditional custodians of Sydney, the City incorporates ‘Welcome to Country’ and ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ proceedings for appropriate events, functions and meetings.
We encourage other organisations in the local area to do the same and, as we receive many requests, we have put together a guide to organising a Welcome to Country.
Every year before Sydney’s world-renowned New Year’s Eve celebrations get underway, we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land.
The 2018 New Year’s Eve fireworks featured a harbour-wide ceremony embracing and honouring the Dreaming of this place and our relationship to it.
Signs in the City's parks now welcome people with the words bujari gamarruwa, which means ‘good day’ in the language of the Gadigal. Hear the pronunciation of bujari gamarruwa and find out more about the Aboriginal language of Sydney.