|Aboriginal Resources and Pathways Project|
The Metro South Region consists of the following Local Government Areas. Select links to download PDF data on the incidence of disability within the local Aboriginal communities by age in 2006 (ABS 2006 Population and Housing Census):
DADHC Metro South region had nearly 20,000 Aboriginal people in 2006, representing 1% of the total regional population. 45% of the Aboriginal population (8,806 Aboriginal people) was under the age of 20 years, significantly higher than the total regional population (25.3%).
Campbelltown (3,831 people) and Liverpool (2,195 people) had the highest number of Aboriginal people of all the LGAs.
There is an interactive map on the Aboriginal Clan and Nation names and locations in the Sydney region. NDS advises organisations to obtain clarification from the local Aboriginal community, either through Aboriginal Inter-agencies or local Aboriginal Land Councils, on the names of the traditional custodians within their service parameters.
Culture and language still remain a bonding part of the Aboriginal communities in this region. The Gadigal Information Service provides information on events, arts and culture for the local Aboriginal communities. You can contact the Aboriginal Inter-agencies for further information on ways disability services can improve awareness on Aboriginal culture.
There are also many Aboriginal community managed organisations and services in the region. HSNet, a free online human services network, also provides a search engine on Aboriginal services by postcode and suburb.
Profile of Aboriginal People with Disabilities
Campbelltown (215 Aboriginal people) and Liverpool (117 Aboriginal people) had the highest number of Aboriginal people with disabilities of all the LGAs. The ABS reports there were no Aboriginal people with disabilities in the Strathfield LGA.
The incidence of disability was higher in the Aboriginal communities than in the total regional population (5.1% and 3.9%). The incidence of disability in the population under the age of 65 years in the Aboriginal community was three-times the rate of the total regional population (4.4% and 1.9%).
The representation of Aboriginal people in the population of people with disabilities was higher in the younger age cohorts than in the older age cohorts. Aboriginal people represented 1.3% of the population of people with disabilities. Aboriginal people represented over 4% of the population of people with disabilities under the age of 20 years. Aboriginal people represented less than 1% of the population of people with disabilities above the age of 45 years.
Profile of Aboriginal Carers
The representation of Aboriginal carers in the DADHC Southern Region was slightly higher than that of the representation of carers in the total regional population across most age cohorts in 2006. Aboriginal people represented 1.02% of all carers. The representation of Aboriginal people was slightly higher in the total population of carers under the age of 65 years.
The Campbelltown (302 people) and City of Sydney (185 people) LGAs had the highest number of Aboriginal carers.
More Resources and Information
South West Sydney
Local Community Networks
South West Sydney
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group - Work with Campbelltown City Council to improve relations between Council and local Aboriginal communities. Contact: Campbelltown City Council - Aboriginal Development Officer, Ph 02 4645 4903.
Bankstown, Parramatta, Holroyd and Blacktown Local Network of Disability Services and Aboriginal Communities - A network of disability services and Aboriginal community members that works with and empowers Aboriginal people with a disability and families by improving access and equity to services which are inclusive and responsive. Contact: National Disability Services NSW, ARP Project Coordinator, Ph 02 9256 3105.
Liverpool Aboriginal Consultative Committee - Facilitate positive relations between Council at all levels and the local Aboriginal community. The committee is open to all members of the Aboriginal community, non-Aboriginal people and Council officers. Contact: Liverpool Council - Aboriginal Projects Officer, Ph 02 9821 7758.
South West Sydney Aboriginal Carers Consortium - Support and empower Aboriginal Carers of people with additional needs (Disability, Ageing and mental health issues) to access services, reduce isolation and improve the navigation of the various service systems through education. Contact: Chairperson, Ph 02 9727 9199.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel (ATSIAP) - Advise the Sydney of City Council on issues concerning the Aboriginal community including service delivery, access issues, implementation of recommendations from Sustainable Sydney 2030. Contact: City of Sydney Council, Ph 02 9265 9333.
Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum - This Forum consists of all of Woollahra, Botany Bay, City of Sydney, Randwick, Waverley and Leichhardt councils to inform policies, events and strategies in the Eastern Sydney Region. Contact: Woollahra Municipal Council - Cultural Development Officer, Ph 02 9391 7135.
Randwick City Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's Advisory Group - A forum for people who live and/or work within the City of Randwick with an opportunity to discuss issues affecting people from ATSI background, and to develop recommendations for Council's consideration. Contact: Randwick City Council, Ph 02 9399 0999.
ANTaR Inner West - Support of justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and to promote reconciliation between indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Contact: NSW Reconciliation Council, Ph 02 9719 8773.
Marrickville Aboriginal Consultative Committee - Advises Council on the needs of Aboriginal people living in the Marrickville Local Government area. Contact: Marrickville Council - Community Development Worker, Ph 02 9335 2243.
Hurstville Aboriginal Advisory Committee - Provides a vital link between Hurstville City Council and the local Aboriginal community. Contact: Hurstville City Council - Aboriginal Development Officer, Ph 02 9330 6222.
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