"Working Together" Aboriginal Communities Engagement Program

This initiative within the NSW Landcare Program will increase opportunities to consciously develop stronger connections and partnerships between Landcare groups and Aboriginal Communities.

Aboriginal Action Plan 2020-21

 An Aboriginal Action Plan 2020-21 has been developed aimed at reducing barriers to Landcare and Aboriginal Communities collaborating. The plan highlights actions and outcomes across five (5) key theme areas:

  • Recognition
  • Representation & Inclusion
  • Relationships & Collaboration
  • Awareness & Education
  • Resourcing

A set of Aboriginal Protocols Guidelines has also been developed to assist the Landcare community:

Aboriginal Protocols - Welcome to Country Acknowledgement of Country

Aboriginal Protocols - Tips & Facts

Aboriginal Protocols - Communication

Aboriginal Protocols - Working with Aboriginal People

"Working Together" Program Branding 

You may have seen our recent call for Aboriginal Artists to submit their concept proposals. A judging panel was formed by the Steering Committee who had the very challenging task of selecting a winner from so many wonderful Aboriginal artists from all over NSW. 

We are pleased to announce that the winning artist is Jason Ridgeway - a proud Aboriginal artist from the Dunghutti Nation on the NSW Mid North Coast. Jason is now a successful full-time artist who produces stunning artworks on various mediums for a broad range of customers and corporate clients, through both commissioned work and private sales. Jason’s work can be found on apparel, signage, murals, corporate branding and even surfboards as you can see in some of the images being shown. His passion is turning ideas and themes into artworks, creating artworks from his personal experiences and telling stories through his artworks. You can check out Jason’s work on his Blackboy Creations Facebook and Instagram pages.

 "Working Together" Artwork & Story


"The hand print depicts our connection to country. It give us a sense of belonging. There are meeting places depicted with the U shapes as people sitting in a gathering. The dots depict tracks and parts of our land, waterways and river systems. The landscape in the hand represents people watching over the land as a form of protection.


Working as one we will achieve all goals set in place to enjoy a beautiful future and keep our connections strong. If we don’t have a connection to country then we don’t belong. Our land is precious - if we look after it, it will in return look after us. We as a people need to work together to help heal and look after changes to the land.”

 "Working Together" Soft Launch 

 A ‘Soft Launch’ of the "Working Together" program was conducted on Tuesday 10 November 2020. 

The recording of the soft launch can be downloaded here.

A copy of the Launch Presentation can be downloaded here.

"Working Together" Small Grants Program

The "Working Together" Small Grants Program seeks to support locally-driven collaboration activities to ensure that Aboriginal people become more immersed in the Landcare movement in NSW.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to Aboriginal organisations and/or Landcare NSW Member Groups located within NSW.

To provide an additional incentive for Aboriginal communities to maintain ongoing engagement with the Landcare movement, successful applicants who have identified as an Aboriginal entity will also receive one year’s membership of Landcare NSW, which includes access to the full range of member benefits this may provide.

Guidelines and Application form can be found here.

"You Can't Ask That" Aboriginal Awareness & Protocols Webinar

On 25 November over 40 Landcarers, partners and community members participated in this free educational webinar, inspired and adapted from the very successful ABC television series.

The webinar was presented and facilitated by NSW Landcare's Community Landcare Aboriginal Engagement Officer, Craig Aspinall, and NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust's Senior Aboriginal Engagement Officer, Kaleana Reyland.

The format required participants to identify their six (6) most pressing questions from a set of 33 pre-prepared questions, with the highest tallied questions given priority for responses from Craig and Kaleana within the two-hour 'webinar' timeframe, which was actually more like live TV! Some light entertainment was also provided in the form of some 'live Aboriginal music trivia' with participants required to 'guess the song'.

A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. NOTE: Due to large file size, please allow up to 5 minutes for the recording to load on your device.

A copy of the written responses for all 33 questions can be downloaded here.

DISCLAIMER: It is important to note that the responses, views and opinions expressed by Craig Aspinall and Kaleana Reyland are their own perspectives, and do not necessarily represent the views of other Aboriginal people.

External Funding Opportunities

2021 NAIDOC Grants

NAIDOC Grant funding is provided by Aboriginal Affairs NSW to support activities and events in NSW held during NAIDOC Week (4 – 11 July 2021) that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.

The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2021 is Heal Country!

Events and activities must be held between 4 July 2021 and 30 November 2021.

Applications open Monday 15 February 2021 and close 5pm Friday 23 April 2021.

Applicants can apply for grants from $500 to $3,000.

Visit https://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/grants/naidoc-week-grants/

COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Organisations Grants Program

The COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Organisations Grants Program provides small grant funding to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) who provide culturally appropriate, locally based support to Aboriginal community members impacted by COVID-19.

This includes mental health, community wellbeing and healing, education and employment, and the provision of supplies to support compliance with health advice. 

Applicants can apply for grants of up to $50,000 per project or per organisation. A total of $1.3 million is available for the Program.

Interested applicants must contact their closest Aboriginal Affairs NSW office or the COVID team to discuss their project idea. Applications close 5pm Friday 14 May 2021.

Contact numbers and further details can be found at https://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/grants/covid/

Murray–Darling Basin Indigenous River Rangers Grant Opportunity and Guidelines

The Grant Opportunity will provide $3.071 million to Indigenous organisations across the breadth of the Murray–Darling Basin (the Basin) to establish up to four new Indigenous ranger groups to work on waterway health projects that support environmental and cultural outcomes across the Basin.

The program will provide funding for one year, commencing on or soon after 1 July 2021, for successful organisations to employ a total of 20 full-time equivalent Indigenous rangers as well as a number of ranger coordinators.

The process is open and competitive, which means applications will be considered on merit and will be compared to other applications. Please refer to the Program's Grant Opportunity Guidelines for more detail.