Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols

Observing customs demonstrates respect for cultural traditions and histories.



  • Cultural protocols refer to the customs, lores and codes of behaviour of a particular cultural group. Protocols are an important part of all cultures and exist to ensure people behave and interact in an appropriate manner.
  • Observing the cultural protocols of a community demonstrates respect for the cultural traditions, history and diversity of that community. It also shows a willingness to acknowledge that the processes and procedures of another cultural community are equally valid and worthy of the same respect as one’s own cultural protocols.
  • The purpose of this document is to provide councillors, employees and volunteers at the City of Sydney with an understanding of some of the important protocols of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
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