Department of State Development

State Government to commence treaty discussions with Aboriginal South Australians

The State Government will commence treaty discussions with Aboriginal South Australians in 2017, with the assistance of the recently-appointed Treaty Commissioner, Dr Roger Thomas.

For the first time in Australia’s history, this landmark announcement commits an Australian government to tailored negotiations with Aboriginal groups, to recognise the cultural authority of Australia’s first people, and consider the consequences of settlement.

It is a significant step in South Australia’s Reconciliation journey, and critical to strengthening the relationship between the government and Aboriginal South Australians.

The government has set aside $4.4 million over five years to support the treaty process and the appointment of the independent Treaty Commissioner.

Consultation details will be released in early 2017.

More information

Treaty Commissioner 

Media release – Senior Aboriginal leader appointed to guide treaty negotiations

Media release - State government announces intention to enter into treaty discussions with Aboriginal South Australians 

Treaty Speech - Hon Kyam Maher MLC 


Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
Phone 08 8226 8900

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