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Aboriginality

A Confirmation of Aboriginality is an official letter that is approved by a local Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation in which you reside or Country area you come from.

It should not be assumed that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people require a confirmation letter to be Aboriginal. However, you may be asked to provide proof or confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage when applying for an Aboriginal specific services or programs such as:

  • Financial Assistance for grants, housing applications, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Housing/business loans
  • University/TAFE courses
  • Centrelink and housing assistance (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander specific)
  • Employment - An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Identified Position

How do I obtain Confirmation of Aboriginality?

Please contact your local Aboriginal Community Controlled organisation to seek advice on the application process. Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations will have different policies and procedures.

Definitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as defined below

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 (Cth) defines Aboriginality/Torres Strait Islander heritage as:

  • Aboriginal person means a person of the Aboriginal race of Australia
  • Torres Strait Islander means a descendant of an indigenous inhabitant of the Torres Strait Islands

The Children Youth and Families Act 2005, Part 1.1, section 3, defines an Aboriginal as a person who:

  • Is descended from an Aborigine or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • Identifies as an Aborigine or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • Is accepted as an Aborigine or Torres Strait Islander by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material. To listen to our Acknowledgement to Country, click here.