Aboriginal Programs

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In recognition of the deep history and culture of this place, the City of Hobart acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Hobart was built. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.  

Our spirit of place is strong. Hobart: A community vision for our island capital. Pillar 1.1


The City of Hobart recognises Tasmania's 40 000 plus years of Aboriginal heritage and culture and the long, deep connection that Tasmanian Aboriginal People have with the land. 

We recognise the strong impact of colonisation on the mouhennener people here in Hobart and pay our respects to the palawa/pakana people as the ongoing custodians of this land.

Current work

Work in the area of Aboriginal Programs over the past two decades has been guided by the City of Hobart's Aboriginal Strategy 2002.Work within this strategy includes: 

  • Consulting with Aboriginal people on projects of significance. 
  • Recognising significant events including NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week by attending community events, holding City of Hobart events and flying the Aboriginal Flag. 
  • Providing cultural awareness training to staff and Elected Members. 
  • Employment of an identified Community Development Officer - Aboriginal. 
  • Provision of an Acknowledgement of Country or Welcome to Country at all major events. 
  • Projects to increase Aboriginal content in signage and interpretation across the city. 
  • Public art installations reflecting Aboriginal history and culture. 
  • Supporting the participation of Aboriginal individuals, groups and organisations in the life of the city, including major events such as the Christmas Pageant and The Taste of Tasmania. 
  • Supporting Aboriginal community and cultural activity through the Grants Program. 


New projects 

Developing a new strategic framework for Aboriginal Programs

The City of Hobart are currently undertaking a project to update the current and outdated Aboriginal Strategy 2002(PDF, 187KB) with a new framework such as a RAP (Reconciliation action Plan) to drive our contribution to reconciliation, both internally and in communities in which we operate. 

In May 2019, the City of Hobart began to update the strategy in consultation with City of Hobart employees and key stakeholders. Extensive engagement commenced to develop new commitments for the City of Hobart through the following: 

  • Conversations with 19 Aboriginal people across seven organisations representing Aboriginal organisations, arts groups, education and government. 
  • Two workshops, online and paper surveys and working group meetings involving responses from 175 employees with representation from all divisions and wide-ranging roles and position levels. 
  • A public forum held in the Hobart Town Hall ballroom on 27 May 2019 during Reconciliation Week with 78 people in attendance. 

Commitments for the new plan will assist the City to reflect upon its history, deepen relationships and lay the foundations for strong actions into the future. 

The City is still in early stages of drafting the new plan and will provide an opportunity for public comment and engagement. More information will be provided once we reach the next stage. We endeavour to to launch the new plan in early 2020. 


The Orb - Tasmanian Department of Education 

Timeline of Tasmanian History -Tasmanian Geographic