Aboriginal communities

Meeting our business, legislative and social responsibilities relating to Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Aboriginal Programs Team

Roads and Maritime Services has a dedicated Aboriginal Programs Team across our six regions to help deliver road safety and licensing programs to targeted Aboriginal communities.

The team also help manage Roads and Maritime Services business, legislative and social responsibilities relating to Aboriginal cultural heritage when planning, building and maintaining the NSW road network.

The following staff can help you with finding out more about Roads and Maritime Services programs:

Project Officers, Aboriginal Programs

  • Northern Region – 02 6640 1024
  • Southern Region – 02 4221 2527
  • Hunter Region – 02 4924 0445
  • Sydney Region – 02 8849 2862
  • South West Region – 02 6938 1361
  • Western Region – 02 6861 1679

Cultural Heritage Advisors

  • Northern Region – 02 6604 9305
  • Southern Region – 02 4221 2767
  • Hunter Region – 02 4924 0383
  • Sydney Region – 02 8849 2583
  • South West Region – 02 6937 1647
  • Western Region – 02 6861 1658

Aboriginal heritage and road works

As an organisation that constructs new roads and bridges and maintains thousands of kilometres of road network, Roads and Maritime Services needs to manage the impact of its activities on Aboriginal cultural heritage and meet its legislative responsibilities in an appropriate, practical and culturally sensitive manner.

Refer to our environment section for further information.

Employment

Roads and Maritime Services has a long history of employing Aboriginal people in its workforce. We have Aboriginal people working in motor registries, call centre, regional offices, head office, road crews, and school crossing traffic controllers and on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

See diversity and inclusion for more information.

YarnBusters resource

YarnBusters: No Gammin is a DVD produced by Transport for NSW.

In NSW, Aboriginal people are about 1.4 times more likely to be seriously injured in a road crash than non-Aboriginal people. The DVD was produced to increase awareness amongst Aboriginal communities about the benefits of seatbelts, child restraints and the issues to consider before purchasing a vehicle.

Join Luke Carroll and Shari Sebbens as they bust some myths about the best way to stay safe in cars.

The YarnBusters team explore:

  • Whether the flashiest cars are the safest (1:35)
  • The theory that “you’ll be right” without a seatbelt (15:41)
  • Why children need to be seated in the right child safety seat to protect them (19:15)

So, are these myths gammin or not? You’ll have to watch to find out!

This video was produced to increase awareness amongst Aboriginal communities about the benefits of seatbelts, child restraints and the issues to consider before purchasing a vehicle.

Aboriginal Action Plan

The Aboriginal Action Plan influenced research and improved planning and services that Roads and Maritime Services delivers to Aboriginal communities across NSW. The plan gives Roads and Maritime Services staff and customers knowledge, support and direction in delivering exceptional customer service to Aboriginal communities.

NSW Aboriginal population by Local Government Area

2011 Census

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