Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program

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DFAT acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands we meet and work on. We pay respect to Elders past and present, and acknowledge the significant contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made and continue to make to our nation.

DFAT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program started in 1987 with a focus on promoting Australia’s Indigenous visual arts industry. In recent years, the program has grown to include a wider mix of cultural exchange activities.

Today the program aims to promote Australia’s international foreign policy outreach, by leveraging the wide-ranging expertise of Indigenous Australians in areas such as arts, culture, science, media, entrepreneurship, governance, and business, and connect and share this expertise with the world.

The program:

  • Promotes the expertise, knowledge and leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with a focus on international partnerships and exchange.
  • Supports major events such as NAIDOC week and Reconciliation Week, in Australia and overseas.
  • Partners with key institutions in the promotion of Australian Indigenous culture internationally, across all sectors including media, the arts, business and science.
  • Supports speaking engagements, tours, workshops, performances and exhibitions to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with the world.


Last Updated: 14 January 2013