Aboriginal Engagement

We deliver tailored legal services to Aboriginal people and communities across NSW through our Aboriginal Engagement Program.

Our statement of commitment:
We will use our expertise, professionalism and deep commitment to assist and stand with our Aboriginal clients as they protect and promote their Country, culture and heritage through law.

Through our Aboriginal Engagement Program we:

  • provide legal advice and community education, tailored and appropriate for Aboriginal communities, on public interest environmental law matters such as culture and heritage protection, environment and biodiversity protection, and planning law;
  • reach out to Aboriginal communities to provide these services; and
  • ensure that EDO NSW operates in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner.

Aboriginal Advisory Committee
Our Aboriginal Advisory Committee helps drive our Aboriginal Engagement Program. 

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The EDO NSW Aboriginal Advisory Committee at the April 2016 annual meeting: Jason Behrendt (Chalk & Fitzgerald Lawyers), Constance Chatfield (Local Government NSW), Natalie Rotumah (NTSCORP Limited), Zachary Armytage (Community Legal Centres NSW) and Darren Perry (Murray Lower Darling Rivers - Indigenous Nations). Not pictured: Tony McAvoy SC.

The Committee:

  • informs and advises us on environmental law issues that affect Aboriginal communities in NSW;
  • provides an Aboriginal perspective to our policy and law reform work;
  • advises us on the adequacy of our existing measures to advise and represent Aboriginal communities and individuals about environmental legal matters; and
  • advises us on protocols and procedures to ensure we operate in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner, particularly when providing services to Aboriginal clients.

The Committee meets annually and members help us as needed.

All members provide their time voluntarily – we thank them for their expertise and commitment to helping EDO NSW provide the best service we can for our Aboriginal clients.


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Caring for Country
The Caring for Country guide is a key part of our Aboriginal Engagement Program. 

We published the 2nd edition of Caring for Country: A Guide to Environmental Law for Aboriginal Communities in 2012. The guide is intended to assist Aboriginal people to understand their rights and obligations under environmental and natural resource management law, and brings together the wide range of laws relating to country, culture and heritage that affect Aboriginal people in NSW.

The guide was complemented by a series of workshops in key locations around NSW at the time of publication. We continue to hold workshops at the request of communities. For more information, please visit our workshops page. EDO NSW continues to provide community education services for Aboriginal communities across NSW, and always welcomes requests for workshops from Aboriginal people across NSW.

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Find Out More
Further information and resources that are part of our Aboriginal Engagement Program can be found at: