Confirmation of Aboriginality

187 Riverside Drive, Airds, NSW 2560

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Proof of Aboriginality

YOUR ABORIGINAL OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HERITAGE IS SOMETHING THAT IS PERSONAL TO YOU. YOU DO NOT NEED A LETTER OF CONFIRMATION TO IDENTIFY AS AN INDIGENOUS PERSON.

However, you may be asked to provide proof or confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage when applying for Indigenous-specific services or programs such as:

Government agencies and community organisations usually accept three ‘working criteria’ as confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage:

All of these things must apply.

The way you look or how you live are not requirements.

Government agencies, universities and schools will often supply you with their particular guidelines, and ask you to complete a form or provide a letter of ‘Proof’ or ‘Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Heritage’.

Why is it so involved?

Indigenous-specific services and programs are intended to address social, health and educational issues that Indigenous people face as the result of past removal policies and inadequate educational, employment and health services. Requesting proof of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage from applicants helps to make sure that this intention is honoured.

How do I obtain proof of my Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage?

Doing your family history may help you obtain proof of your heritage. You might find a birth, death or marriage record that traces your family to a particular Aboriginal station or reserve. Or you might have oral history stories that can connect you to a particular area or person or photograph.

Gather as much information about your family history and heritage as possible.

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation has a dedicated BTH (Bringing Them Home) full-time worker who will assist you with finding your family, with access to resources that may help you find evidence of your connection to your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander ancestors.

Whatever your situation, contact our BTH worker who will guide you on your journey to knowing your heritage.

A ‘letter of confirmation’ is usually obtained from an incorporated Indigenous organisation (Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation) and must be stamped with their common seal.

Who to contact

You may need to contact an organisation where your family is from – someone in the community might know or remember your family.

An Indigenous organisation in the area where you currently live may also be able to provide you with this confirmation.

For example, if you live in Canberra and your family is from the Canberra region, you should contact the Ngunnawal Land Council in Queanbeyan. If you live in Canberra but your family is from somewhere else, you should contact the land council in the area your family came from or were best known in.

Contact Numbers

THARAWAL ABORIGINAL CORPORATION

187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4628 4837
FAX Number02 4627 8066
PO Box 290 Campbelltown, NSW 2560 

THARAWAL DENTAL CLINIC

Demountable 2 - 187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4624 9400

THARAWAL SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4624 9430

THARAWAL BRIGHTER FUTURES

187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4620 0400

OORUNGA WANDARRAH MACS CENTRE

187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4620 0298

WARANWARIN THARAWAL CHILD & FAMILY CENTRE

105 Townson Avenue, Minto NSW 256602 9820 7447

WARANWARIN FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM

105 Townson Avenue, Minto 256602 9820 7447

THARAWAL HOUSING OFFICE

187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 256002 4628 4837
Emailhousing@tacams.com.au
Hours of Operation

Tharawal AMS

Monday - Thursday 8.30am-5.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday & Public Holidays CLOSED

Community & Administration

Monday - Thursday 9.00am-5.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday & Public Holidays CLOSED

Oorunga Wandarrah MACS Centre

Monday - Friday 7.30am-5.00pm
Saturday & Sunday & Public Holidays CLOSED

Waranwarin Child & Early Learning Centre

Monday - Friday 7.30am-6.00pm
Saturday & Sunday & Public Holidays CLOSED

Waranwarin Family Support Program

Monday - Friday 9.00am-5.00pm
Saturday & Sunday & Public Holidays CLOSED

Tharawal Housing Office

Monday - Thursday 9.00am-5.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday & Public Holidays CLOSED
Important Information:Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are currently undertaking precautionary measures to contain and control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and our clinics and offices are temporarily closed to walk-in appointments.

 

For GP & Health related services

Please call us to book an appointment or to speak to a team member about the latest restrictions on: 02 4628 4837

 

For all emergencies please contact 000

You can also call the healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222 to speak with a registered nurse.

 

For more detailed information about COVID-19 visit the Department of Health website.

We would like to pay respect to the Elders past and present. We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

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