Aboriginal Regional Authorities

The first South Australian Aboriginal organisations to be recognised under the Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy are:

  • The Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association, representing the Adnyamathanha People of the Flinders Ranges.
  • The Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation representing the Far West Coast Aboriginal People, made up of the Wirangu, Mirning, Kokatha, Maralinga Tjarutja, and Yalata People, as well as the descendants of Edward Roberts.
  • The Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority representing the Ngarrindjeri People of the Lower River Murray and Coorong.

Unique to South Australia, the Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy seeks to formally recognise Aboriginal organisations responsible for representing and advocating for their communities, driving regional priorities and economic growth, and working in partnership with government on key issues.

It heralds the beginning of a new relationship between government and Aboriginal South Australians that is underpinned by mutual respect and recognition of the enduring cultural authority of Aboriginal South Australians.

Related documents

South Australian Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy (3.49 MB, PDF)

Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (512 KB, PDF)

Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation (422 KB, PDF)

Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (514 KB, PDF)

Aboriginal Nation Building

The state government has contracted Flinders University to deliver Aboriginal Nation Building workshops to Aboriginal Regional Authorities recognised under the policy.

Developed by Flinders University in partnership with a team of international experts, the workshops provide best practice examples of Aboriginal governance from around the world, and are designed to provide Aboriginal leaders with the tools for building collaborative partnerships with government, and sustainable Aboriginal governing bodies with strong economic potential.

For more information see Aboriginal Nation Building.

For more information phone (08) 8226 6609 or email lucinda.watson@sa.gov.au

Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy development

From 2013 to 2016, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation worked collaboratively with South Australian Aboriginal people develop the Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy.

In July-September 2013 Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation convened 13 public consultation sessions across South Australia to discuss the Aboriginal Regional Authority concept. More than 300 people attended and Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation received 20 written submissions.

Following this, in August-November 2014, PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting facilitated a ‘concept testing’ workshop program with four Aboriginal Regional Authority trial groups to test elements of the Aboriginal Regional Authority Model. The four trial groups selected were:

  • Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association (Adelaide region)
  • Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (Lower River Murray)
  • Aboriginal Community Engagement Group (Port Augusta)
  • Narungga Aboriginal Corporation Regional Authority and Narungga Investment Company (Yorke Peninsula).

The ‘Nation to Nation – the Aboriginal Regional Authority Initiative’ documentary, funded by the State Government and produced by the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority Media Team in conjunction with Change Media, captures the views and experiences of the four trial groups that participated in the workshop program.

Following the conclusion of the workshop program in November 2014, PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting provided the State Government with an independent report.

During February-April 2015, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation hosted a series of consultation session across the state to further test the draft Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy. More than 340 people attended and 16 written submissions were received from a variety of stakeholders.

Related documents

2015 Draft Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy Consultation Paper (6.2 MB, PDF)

2014 Concept Testing Workshop Report Executive Summary (317 KB, PDF)

2013 Consultation Summary Report (320 KB, PDF)

2013 Aboriginal Regional Authority Concept Consultation Paper (2.4 MB, PDF)

Public written submissions


  • Port Augusta Aboriginal Community Engagement Group
  • Antakirinja Matu – Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation (RNTBC)
  • City of Marion
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • City of Port Lincoln
  • Sally Clark, Adnyamathanha Elder
  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council
  • SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board
  • South Australian Native Title Services Ltd.
  • Tribal Owners of the Coorong, Lower Lakes River Murray and the Sea Inc.


  • Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc.
  • Alexandrina Council
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Australian Services Union
  • Jumbunna and Native Nations Institute
  • Kallinyalla Barngarla Wambiri Action Group
  • Kungari Aboriginal Heritage Association
  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Local Government Association of South Australia
  • Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority Inc.
  • Ninti One Limited
  • Pangula Mannamurna Inc.
  • Peramangk Heritage Association Inc.
  • Reconciliation SA
  • Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation
  • South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy Incorporated
  • South Australian Coalition for Social Justice Coalition and South Australian Council of Social Service
  • South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board
  • South Australian Native Title Services Ltd.

For a copy of a written submission email DPC-AAR@sa.gov.au.