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Supporting Aboriginal people in Planning

We pay respect to the Traditional Custodians and First Peoples of NSW, and acknowledge their continued connection to their country and culture.

At the department, we want more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join us and help make NSW a great place to live, work and enjoy. We understand and value the lived experience and knowledge Aboriginal people bring to our workplace. We are committed to embedding Aboriginal perspectives across everything we do.

Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) will be able to access public information through the NSW Planning Portal Spatial Viewer.

The People and Community Symbol has many elements and is valuable to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Driving public sector diversity by increasing the number of Aboriginal people in senior leadership roles by 2025.

Young girl enjoying a visit to Marrambidya Wetlands, Wagga Wagga. Credit: Chloe Smith Photography; Visit Wagga Wagga

We’re working with local Aboriginal land councils to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal people across NSW.

Aishwarya Bedeka and Micaela Mashiri in Redfern, Sydney CBD NSW. Credit: NSW Department of Planning and Environment / Salty Dingo

We’re partnering with Aboriginal communities to improve infrastructure and services.

Our Place on Country: Aboriginal Land Planning Framework

The Aboriginal Land Planning Framework is helping Aboriginal communities across NSW achieve better economic outcomes from their land.
The night sky filled with bright stars over the dark sky park in the Warrumbungles. Credit: Destination NSW

This framework is a guide to respond to Country when you plan, design and deliver built environment projects in NSW.

Aboriginal wood carvings near the Menindee Tourist Information Centre. Credit: Destination NSW. Credit: Destination NSW

Our dual-naming policy for geographical features and cultural sites promotes using Aboriginal place names alongside European names.

Heathcote Sandy Point. Credit: Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council

The plan will contribute to the Western Parkland City by supporting the delivery of housing, jobs and infrastructure while protecting important biodiversity.

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We're looking for talented people with diverse skills and perspectives to help us bring planning projects to life.

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Train station platform in Bardwell Park, South West Sydney, NSW. Credit: NSW Department of Planning and Environment / Adam Hollingworth
Find out more about a career as a planner.
A female building certifier inspects scaffolding with her colleagues on a building site. Credit: NSW Department of Planning and Environment / Christopher Walters
We provide support, training and development opportunities.