Indigenous Australia

Our First Nation’s people represent one of the most impoverished and disadvantaged communities in the world.

The failure of successive governments to listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is condemning too many Indigenous Australians to stark inequality and entrenched disadvantage.

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We’re working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their organisations to develop solutions and innovative answers to the problems they face. Oxfam has supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination – individuals and communities – for close to 40 years. We do this working with individuals and organisations to improve their social, cultural and physical well-being in the ways that they identify as culturally appropriate.

Oxfam Australia works in the areas of Indigenous women’s leadership and capacity building, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, as well as advocacy for policy and practice change. We work in Indigenous-led coalitions and on campaigns to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination, health equality, and social justice.

We deliver some programs directly, but most importantly work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander managed organisations across the country. We believe that each and every Australian has the right to equal access to health, income, employment, education, and the chance to live a meaningful and positive life.

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.


HOW YOU CAN HELP

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Did you know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have a life expectancy 10 years less than other Australians? Help us change that by making a donation.

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You can help Close the Gap. Sign the pledge to make sure that the government commits to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

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Partake in a little guilt free shopping and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander producers by picking up a unique treasure or two in Oxfam shops or online.