Country, Culture, People, Future


Regional WA Talent showcased in WAM’S Sounds of the Mid West recording compilation.

Posted: April 12th, 2021

West Australian Music (WAM) have officially released of Sounds of The Mid West, the fourteenth compilation album from WAM’s regional recording program

The album is the first compilation album to emerge from the Yamatji region, recorded on Yamatji Country. It features acts ranging from 18 to 87 years old, five First Nations artists, and eight artists’ offering their debut releases. Sounds of The Mid West will be officially launched with all ten acts performing in a live showcase at Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton on Friday 16 April.

If you can’t make the launch, Sounds of The Mid West is available on all digital streaming platforms from Friday April 9, with a limited-edition physical CD package featuring the artwork ‘Inktober Day 29’ by local Geraldton visual artist Jane Barndon.







Website domain name licensing rules updated to include Indigenous corporations

Posted: April 7th, 2021

The .au Domain Administation (auDA) has updated the eligibility criteria for registering website domains, for the first time specifying Indigenous corporations under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth) (CATSI Act) on their list of eligible organisation categories.

Prior to the updated licensing rules, which come into effect from 12 April 2021, Indigenous corporations under the CATSI Act were able to register for websites, but were not yet specified as an eligible organisation category. The updated rules mean the registration process for Indigenous corporations, including Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) and Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate (RNTBCs), is now clearer.

The updated definitions include the following new additions to the list of eligible organisation categories:

  • Indigenous corporations
  • Co-operatives
  • Registered state and territory political parties; and
  • Government, being either the Crown or a Commonwealth, State or Territory statutory agency.

In addition to specifying Indigenous corporations as eligible, the new licensing rules now exclude unincorporated associations from registering for website domains – unless the association is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission’s (ACNC) Register of Charities.

By tightening the eligibility for domain registration, auDA hope to improve the integrity of the and overall .au ccTLD space, and continue building trust and confidence in .au namespaces.

To read more about the changes and see the full list of eligible organisation categories, visit the auDA website here:

View the full .au Domain Registration Rules – Licensing document here:

Have your say at Indigenous Voice in person consultation sessions

Posted: April 6th, 2021

New community consultation sessions for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament initiative are now open for registration on the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) website, and the deadline for submissions has been extended until 30 April, 2021.

Feedback from the community consultations and submissions will assist the Indigenous Voice co-design groups as they prepare their final recommendations to the Australian Government. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to share advice and input on matters that are important to the continuing empowerment of Indigenous communities.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendee numbers are strictly limited and only attendees who register prior to the event will be allowed into the venues.

To register for the community consultation sessions, visit the NIAA’s Indigenous Voice website:

Port Hedland

April 13 at 5pm

April 14 at 9:30am


April 15 at 11am


April 20 at 2pm

April 20 at 6pm

Summaries from previous public consultation sessions are available here.

A list of current submissions from people and organisations who have agreed to have their feedback published is available here.

For more information about the Indigenous Voice proposals and co-design process, visit the NIAA website.

Guides to assist navigating Native Title Act changes available

Posted: March 31st, 2021

On 3 February 2021, the Australian Government passed the Native Title Legislation Amendment Act 2021. This Amendment Act makes changes to the Native Title Act 1993 and the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.

To support the Amended Act the Government also made changes that affect Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) in the Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate Legislation Amendment Regulations 2021.

The changes require PBCs to amend their rule books to reflect the changes to the law. The starting date for these changes is 25 March 2021, and PBCs have two years to amend their rule books.

The amendments fall into three broad categories:

  • Measures that streamline PBC decision-making;
  • Measures that increase the transparency and accountability of PBCs to common law holders; and
  • Measures that assist with the management and resolution of post-determination disputes.

Documents to assist PBCs navigate the changes can be found on the NIAA website at Changes to Native Title legislation affecting PBCs

For information on the other changes in the amendments to native title legislation click here

Have your say on achieving better financial outcomes for ATSI peoples and communities

Posted: March 24th, 2021

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s (ASIC’s) Indigenous Outreach Program (IOP) is now engaging in community consultations across WA, to support the development of the ASIC Indigenous Roadmap – a program that aims to support better financial outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to register and participate in these online consultations to guide ASIC in the development of the ASIC Indigenous Roadmap, to ensure your voice and experiences are heard.

What is ASIC’s Indigenous Roadmap?

ASIC has been working with Professor Robynne Quiggin, of UTS Sydney, to explore the distinct experiences and opportunities for Indigenous Australians when it comes to engagement with the financial industry and system. This understanding will assist ASIC’s Indigenous Outreach Program to support better financial outcomes for Indigenous peoples and communities.

Professor Robynne Quiggin and ASIC’s Indigenous Outreach Program have undertaken to develop an ASIC Indigenous Roadmap as part of this work.

The Roadmap will focus on:

  • ensuring Indigenous values, lived experiences and aspirations are at the heart of ASIC’s work and the work of ASIC’s Indigenous Outreach Program;
  • enabling Indigenous Australians’ freedom to achieve lives based on values, priorities and aspirations held by Indigenous peoples and communities;
  • collaborating with stakeholders to progress better financial outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

The ASIC Indigenous Roadmap will support ASIC’s vision for a fair, strong and efficient financial system for Indigenous Australians, and all Australians.

How can you get involved?

Community consultations will be held online via Zoom on 29 March, 30 March or 1 April. Participants from the following regions can register using these links:

Monday, 29 March – WA – Kimberley and Pilbara Regions

Wednesday, 31 March – WA – Gascoyne, Goldfields-Esperance and Mid West Regions

Thursday, 1 April – WA – Perth, South-West, Great Southern and Wheatbelt Regions

Need More Information? If you have any questions about the ASIC Indigenous Roadmap or the community consultations contact ASIC direct at

Be counted to make a difference in the 2021 Census

Posted: March 23rd, 2021

Counting you will make a big difference to what happens in and for your community. So please make sure you count yourself in on the 2021 Census on 10 August.

Every five years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics counts every person and home in Australia. This is called the Census of Population and Housing. This year, the Census is on Tuesday 10 August.

The information you provide is used to inform important decisions about transport, schools, health care, infrastructure and business.

It also helps plan local services for individuals, families and communities. For example, knowing the number of people living in regional and remote areas informs where doctors are needed, and understanding local births and languages spoken at home links Australians to the community services they need.

There are also job opportunities to help communities be counted.

Apply now at:

Register now for the AIATSIS Summit 2021 (31 May – 4 June)

Posted: March 22nd, 2021

On 31 May – 4 June 2021, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) will be hosting a joint National Native Title Conference and National Indigenous Research Conference in Adelaide, South Australia.

Applications for those seeking financial assistance to attend the event are now open.

The theme of the conference this year is Footprints for the future – Tracking our journey together, and the event will provide a unique space to discuss challenges and opportunities specific to First Nations peoples with the goal of supporting and strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge and governance.

AIATSIS has secured sponsorship funding to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to attend the event as speakers, facilitators and delegates, with limited funds also available for those interested in attending.

To find out more about the event and to register, visit the 2021 AIATSIS Summit event site here:

Otherwise, Indigenous sponsored delegates can register here:

Registrations close COB 26 May 2021, with applications for Indigenous sponsored delegates closing on 31 March 2021.

2021 Close the Gap Report released

Posted: March 19th, 2021

The 2021 Close the Gap report, Leadership and Legacy Through Crises: Keeping our Mob Safe, has been released, and it calls upon all levels of government to take action on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In the report – released by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on National Close the Gap Day – AHRC recognises that in order to achieve positive and sustainable outcomes, governments “must be led by, and invest in, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander solutions”. The report makes 15 recommendations to government, including:

  • Fully implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice
  • Raising the age of criminal responsibility immediately and nationally, from 10 years old to 14 years old
  • Implementing the recommendations in the landmark Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Woman’s Voices): Securing Our Rights, Securing Our Future report to enhance the lives of First Nation women and girls
  • Establishing greater environmental and heritage protections for sites that are sacred or culturally significant
  • Prioritising truth-telling and healing processes to strengthen the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to stop the ongoing impacts of racism and intergenerational trauma

Other recommendations include encouraging young climate leaders and promoting strengths-based, community driven approaches to delivering better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To read the report in full, visit the AHRC website here.

Learn more about the Close the Gap Campaign on the ANTaR website.

2021 Leadership WA Foundation Scholarships: Regional Aboriginal Leadership Development

Posted: March 17th, 2021

Applications for the Regional Aboriginal Leadership Development Scholarships’ 2021 ‘Rising Leadership Program’ are currently being accepted (closing Monday, 19 April 2021).

The Regional Aboriginal Leadership Development Scholarships, supported by Lotterywest and the Leadership WA Foundation, are supporting regional Aboriginal participants to attend the ‘Rising Leadership Program’ (consisting of ten one-day workshops to be held between July through December 2021).

The scholarships enable participants to develop leadership skills and capabilities to re-invest back into their local communities. This will create even further positive impact upon regional WA and Aboriginal communities and businesses. In addition, the experiences, skills and cultural insights learned will act to educate and develop fellow cohort members, building further shared understandings.

The ‘Rising Leadership Program’ equips mid-level professionals from all sectors and industries with the tools to become authentic and effective leaders in the workplace. It guides participants on how to build their potential through personal growth, and helps them understand the essential skills required by future leaders. The program aims to provide participants with the frameworks, tools and relevant resources to help them on their journey to becoming effective leaders. This is achieved by introducing practical strategies and theories to develop professional leadership.

Interested ‘Rising Leadership Program’ participants can register via Leadership WA’s application form.

Please note, the Leadership WA Foundation scholarships cover the organisational fee ($7,150), as well as related travel and accommodation costs for participants to travel to Perth to participate in the program. The scholarships do not cover the personal fee ($660), as this represents the applicant’s self-investment. However, this fee can be covered with a payment plan, if required.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please visit the program’s webpage, or contact Leadership WA at (08) 6381 6700 or

If you would like to know more about other upcoming scholarship and program opportunities offered by Leadership WA, please check out this brochure, or visit their website.