Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a unique place in Australia as the original inhabitants of the land.

Across the country, many individuals and communities maintain strong connections to their culture, language and traditional lands, while also contributing to the environmental management, economic development and cultural identity of our nation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hold distinctive rights as Australia’s First Peoples, set out in international law. 

Despite some improvements in recent years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be one of the most vulnerable groups in Australia.

Hepburn Shire Council is on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.  In the 2016 Census, 150 Hepburn Shire residents, one per cent of the population, identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.   

Reconciliation Advisory Committee

Want to be part of our Reconciliation Advisory Committee? We are calling for expressions of interest from community representatives to serve on our Reconciliation Advisory Committee (RAC). The RAC provides a forum for Hepburn Shire to consult key stakeholders and seek advice regarding the process, development, and implementation of the next Reconciliation Action Plan. For more information email Council's Reconciliation Officer, Annette Millar or phone 0477 979 828.

Apply now for the Reconciliation Advisory Committee

Local support

Local, specific support services are available for Hepburn Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents:

More information

Visit our Reconciliation and Recognition page, which covers some of the work Council is doing in the area of reconciliation. For more information email Council's Reconciliation Officer, Annette Millar or phone 0477 979 828.