Community Notices

July 2018

National NAIDOC Website

The new and improved National NAIDOC Website is now easier to navigate, mobile friendly and best of all, it reflects the vibrant and storytelling of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Check out the NAIDOC website for all the up-to-date news, events and resources.

With the much anticipated new website up and running, many new features have been added including the opening of the 2018 National NAIDOC online events calendar! Make sure you share your NAIDOC event no matter how big or small to spread the word in your community and across the nation. The new events calendar is easier to navigate and now allows you to add an image of your choice (don’t worry if you do not have an image, one will randomly be assigned to your event).

There are also plenty of resources available to help you celebrate NAIDOC Week:

Download the National NAIDOC Logo and other social media resources

UnitingSA: Invitation to Community Barbecue – 3 July 2018 (Taperoo)

UnitingSA would like to invite you to a community barbecue with the view of sharing a sausage or two and possibly some ideas how to better support the local Aboriginal community in Taperoo and western region. All stakeholders are welcome to bring Aboriginal clients and/or community members.

**NEW**  Onkaparinga Collaborative Approach: Southern Domestic Violence Forum – from 7 August 2018 (Noarlunga)

Four FREE DV forums for workers in the southern area:


**NEW**  Closing the Gap targets: 2017 analysis of progress and key drivers of change
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018:
“The analyses presented … demonstrate that the life expectancy gap cannot be eliminated by health initiatives alone. … key drivers include socioeconomic status and other social determinants…”

**NEW**  Closing the Gap Refresh: papering over the gaps or structural reform
Francis Markham [and others], Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, 2018
“There is a real risk that a refresh of the CTG strategy, by providing an impression of government activity, will encourage the public to assume that the state has done all that it can, and that First Peoples are therefore to blame for the failure of gaps to close.”

IRCA, First Nations Peak Media Body

IRCA is proud to announce First Nations Media Australia as the new national peak body name for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media, as voted by CONVERGE delegates. We are currently developing the plan for the new name transition and official launch. [IRCA]

Kaurna Register (City of Port Adelaide Enfield)

The city of Port Adelaide Enfield are creating an online register to promote Kaurna Welcome to Country and/or other service performances.

Your Legal Rights ‘Personal Details’

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and SAPOL have worked together to produce a 4 minute video to educate community around their rights when asked for their personal details by a Police Officer, their rights once arrested and the services Aboriginal Legal Rights Movements provides.

Aboriginal Way, Issue 69 – Summer 2018

A publication of South Australian Native title Services.

Has your centre developed a protocol for acknowledging Country?

As you know, an Acknowledgement of Country is a way of showing awareness of and respect for the traditional Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander owners of the land.

If you don’t already have a formal protocol, before your next meeting, morning tea or social gathering, why not perform an Acknowledgement of Country to raise community awareness and show respect for the traditional owners of the land? You could also think about starting a conversation with your volunteers about the difference between a Welcome to Country and Acknowledgment of Country.

Need some help with information and wording? Check out Reconciliation Australia fact sheets for some tips. Also, there are some terrific resources on the Reconciliation SA website.

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

Aboriginal Nations in South Australia

For the price list of SA language maps against geographical areas please click here.

Towards an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander violence prevention framework for men and boys
Barton, ACT: Healing Foundation, & White Ribbon Foundation, 2017: “Crucially, any strategy must be adequately resourced; implemented in a safe, accessible place; prioritise safety for women, children and men; and be supported by trauma informed therapeutic services and programs.” (-WRF)

Wiyi Yani U Thangani | Women’s voices
Australian Human Rights Commission, 2017: This website was established by June Oscar, the first Aboriginal woman appointed as  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. The website aims to incorporate the voices of indigenous Australian women concerning their human rights.


Acorn: Parent-Infant Attachment Groups (various dates & locations)

Acorn groups provide an opportunity for Mothers who have diagnosed mental health difficulties to come together and be supported in their relationship with their child/ren aged birth to three years. Please click here for referral form.

2018 NAIDOC local grants funding round – closing 3 April 2018

Applications are now open for the 2018 NAIDOC local grants round. NAIDOC local grants supports activities that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and their continuing contributions to our country and society. Activities should be held during NAIDOC Week – 8-15 July 2018.

DV-Alert (Domestic and Family Violence Response Training) training sessions in South Australia – 10 to 11 April 2018 (Aldgate)
DV-Alert is holding training sessions across Australia on responding to domestic violence, including responding to violence in culturally and linguistically diverse communities, workshops for settlement services, and sessions for health and community workers supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

YWCA Adelaide: South Australian Statewide Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Gathering – 10 & 11 April 2018 (City)

Over two exciting days the Gathering will showcase, celebrate and further develop local Aboriginal women’s leadership. The Gathering aims to empower Aboriginal women to utilise their collective voice and advance Aboriginal women’s rights in the leadership space through interactive, reflective and engaging presentations and works

 Skylight: Panel Style Community Forum – ‘Understanding Non Suicidal Self Injury’ (self-harm) – 18 April 2018 (Wayville)

Non Suicidal Self-Injury is often misunderstood as an attention seeking behaviour, and as a result attracts a great deal of stigma. NSSI is not a mental illness as such, but more of a maladaptive coping strategy and in most cases there is an underlying mental illness, psychological distress or trauma.
Come along and hear from our special panel of people who will share their experiences of NSSI and gain a better understanding of this often distressing behaviour which is highly stigmatised as an attention seeking behaviour.
Our Lived Experience Panel members will share information about how they developed NSSI and strategies that have been helpful during their recovery.

Family and Community Safety (FaCtS) Study – Australian National University (posted 16 April 2018)

Interested communities will need to contact: Shavaun Wells, Senior Fieldwork Officer
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research |
College of Health & Medicine | Australian National University
Florey Building
54 Mills Road, Acton ACT 2601
Acton ACT 2601

Shelter SA Blog – posted 24 April 2018

Featuring the Aboriginal Cultural Advisory Panel

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander ANZAC Gathering – 25 April 2018

Join Aboriginal Veterans SA (AVSA) on ANZAC Day to commemorate the military service and sacrifice of Aboriginal servicemen and women.

Aboriginal Tertiary Education Scholarship – closing 28 April 2018
The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is pleased to offer twelve month Aboriginal Tertiary Educational Scholarships of up to $5000 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island students to undertake tertiary studies at Flinders University, the University of Adelaide or the University of South Australia. Up to two Scholarships will be available during 2018.
The purpose of the Tertiary Education Scholarships is to encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents to achieve educational aspirations and contribute to development in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Strong Women, Strong Business Conference – 1 to 3 May 2018 (Glenelg)

A conference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who who are in business or looking to start a business.

Women’s Safety Services SA: Family and Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Training – May & June 2018 (Various)

The focus of the training is practice based skill development in conducting risk assessments and responding to high risk, rather than information provision. It is suitable for workers newer to conducting risk assessments as well as workers who regularly conduct risk assessments but are wanting to spend some extra time developing their skills in this critical area of domestic violence work. Please note that this training assumes a basic level of knowledge around domestic violence and has pre-requisite readings/videos that will be sent out upon registration.

  • 3 May 2018  (Mile End)
  • 24 May 2018 (Murray Bridge)
  • 28 May 2018 (Mile End)
  • 7 June 2018 (Port Augusta)
  • 21 June 2018 (Mount Gambier)

Who’s In Charge? Parent Program – starting 9 May 2018 (Ottoway)

This program is being held in the evening to accommodate for parents who may have daytime commitments. This program targets parents who will benefit from support dealing with abuse, defiance and violence in the home perpetrated by children aged 8-18 years.
Please contact Trevor Cresswell on 8405 6862 or Kay Buckley on 8341 1334 for further enquires or registrations.

Naming and Addressing Racism – Launch 17 May 2018

The University of Adelaide, in collaboration with Garridja Aboriginal Cultural Consultancy and Duke University, are proud to
host a week-long forum on ‘Naming and Addressing Racism’. The public launch event for this forum (on Thurs May 17 at the National Wine Centre) will include a screening of ‘Utopia’, with follow-up discussions by a distinguished panel of Aboriginal leaders.

Calling all Artists for the 2018 Reconciliation Week Art Exhibition – entries close 18 May 2018 (Onkaparinga)

What’s on at Neporendi? – January to June 2018 (South)

Men’s Yarnin Circle – February to June 2018 (South)

Women’s Yarnin Circle – February to June 2018 (South)

Sunday Fun for Dads and Kids – 2018 Dates (Seaton)

A range of indoor and outdoor activities are provided, suitable for children aged 0-12 and their Dad, Grandfather, Uncle, carer or any other special bloke in their life.

Graduate Register Affirmative Measures – May 2018

The ABS will be actively recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduates in the 2019 Graduate Development Program. A Graduate register has opened today which will update those interested on open dates, eligibility or any general information that is relevant to the recruitment process.

Centacare: ATSI foster carers urgently needed : Information session – 23 May 2018 (Reynella)

Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June 2018

This year during National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June), all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. “Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow” explores history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. This National Reconciliation Week learn more about the Australian story. Find out what’s happening in SA.

2018 National Reconciliation Week Breakfast – 28 May 2018 (City)

In 2018, Reconciliation SA will launch National Reconciliation Week (NRW) with presentations from the 2017 Kokoda Track Reconciliation Trekkers, who will reflect on their experiences following the stories of our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Veterans on the Kokoda Track.

Noel Pearson announced as Lowitja O’Donoghue Orator – 29 May 2018 (City)

Join the Don Dunstan Foundation to hear one of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal lawyers and activists deliver this year’s Lowitja O’Donogue Oration, one year on from the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Learner Driver Training Program – June 2018 (Paralowie & Elizabeth)

A comprehensive 4 day program to help your clients pass the theory test and get on the road to work!

Our next course commences as follows:

  • Monday 18th June, at Heta, Unit 9, 94 Waterloo Corner Road, Paralowie from 9am – 3pm
  • Tuesday 19th June, at Heta, Unit 9, 94 Waterloo Corner Road, Paralowie from 9am – 3pm
  • Thursday 21st June, at Heta, Unit 9, 94 Waterloo Corner Road, Paralowie from 9am – 3pm

Friday 22nd June, at Service SA, Elizabeth Shopping Centre, 42/42 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth from 11am – 1pm (Theory test)
To register or for further information please call (08) 8285 4695 or email but hurry as places are limited & guaranteed to fill up fast!

2018 NAIDOC March and Family Fun Day – Registration form due 21 June 2018 (Christies Beach)

As part of NAIDOC week 2018, Neporendi in collaboration with a number of organisations and community members are holding the NAIDOC March and Family Day being held on Wednesday 4 July. Your organisation is invited to be to be involved.

**NEW**  Scammers hit Indigenous community for $1.7 million: report  (posted 22 June 2018)

Scammers fleeced an average of nearly $6500 from Indigenous Australians in 2017, a 14% increase on 2016, with total losses to scams around $1.7 million – with the most losses incurred by Indigenous victims of dating and romance scams. [iTWire]