Indigenous Australia

Oxfam Australia is part of an international confederation working with people all around the world to achieve justice.

In Australia we are working towards a world in which all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s human rights are respected and realised including having the power and capacity to determine their own strong, proud and healthy lives, and all Australians recognise and celebrate the unique cultural identities and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

We work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their organisations to develop solutions and innovative answers to the issues that they believe are the most important. Oxfam has supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination – individuals and communities – for about 40 years. Oxfam Australia works in the areas of Indigenous women’s political leadership, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people through the Wylak program, as well as in advocacy for policy and practice change.

We’re a founding member of the Close the Gap and Change the Record coalitions, which are Indigenous-led groups dedicated to improving health and justice outcomes for First Peoples. Launched in 2007, Close the Gap has had a real impact on the political process, but there is more work to be done.

Our Straight Talk program shows how we work in partnership to develop the political leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

For over a decade, Straight Talk has brought together more than 650 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across the nation to Canberra and to regions throughout the country to learn about Australia’s political system and to form powerful networks with each other and with women of Federal and State Parliament. Straight Talk has partnered with local Indigenous organisations to deliver regional gatherings in Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Cairns, Perth, Melbourne, the Torres Strait and Broome.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that the following pages may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

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Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan outlines Oxfam’s vision, pathways and initiatives towards supporting self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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