Acknowledgement to Country

Acknowledgement to Country

Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast

We acknowledge and pay respects to the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast and all their descendants both past and present.

We also acknowledge the many Aboriginal people from other regions as well as Torres Strait and South Sea Islander people who now live in the local area and have made an important contribution to the community.

In recent years, government departments and agencies, as well as private and public organisations, have put in place protocols that recognise and pay due respect to the original inhabitants of Australia. This has occurred within the national context of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and an international movement that acknowledges the special and important role indigenous communities play in the development of a country’s cultural identity.

In Australia, there are two traditional protocols that are in widespread use:

  • an Acknowledgement protocol – used by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous speakers to pay due respect to the traditional Indigenous inhabitants
  • a Welcome to Country protocol – a direct descendant of the original Indigenous inhabitants, usually an Elder, welcomes visitors to his/her traditional lands (“country”).