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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service                

postcard Tyeisha Tighe from St Scholastica's College 2014 Runners up

Outreach Program – Reaching Out

The Anti-Discrimination Board of New South Wales has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Outreach Program which aims to provide a culturally appropriate service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

The outreach program has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander officers who engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout NSW.

Image: Artwork by Tyeisha Tighe from St Scholastica's College, a runner up in the Anti-Discrimination Board's 2014 art competition for school students.

We do five main things:

  • provide advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are dealing with discrimination
  • investigate and conciliate discrimination complaints from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • tell Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals about the NSW anti-discrimination laws and the role of the Board
  • provide training about discrimination to people such as employers, local government, hoteliers and club managers, real estate agents, retailers and other service providers. This involves tackling the stereotypes about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals about the effectiveness of the current anti-discrimination laws and the current processes at the Board

We understand that whilst the Outreach Team is here to provide culturally appropriate services to our communities we know in the back of communities minds is that question is it ‘worthwhile’ to lodge a complaint of unlawful discrimination under the Anti-Discrimination Act!  

So as an individual within a community - changes can only occur if people who are discriminated against take a stand, whether that’s dealing with it locally; by way of a writing a letter or by running training sessions (education) and finally lodging a complaint of unlawful discrimination with the Board, that changes can happen not overnight but eventually.​

Make enquiries:

The Outreach Team encourages individuals and organisations to call us at the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW to have a yarn about your situation on 02 9268 5541 or toll free on 1800 670 812 both in regards to your rights and responsibilities.