Our Aboriginal community

We are committed to reconciliation and acknowledges the historic and continuing link of the Aboriginal people to the land through measures like the Statement of Reconciliation, the Reconciliation Action Plan and the acknowledgement of traditional owners delivered at civic events.

We are committed to supporting reconciliation in Australia, with specific actions and goals outlined in the Reconciliation Action Plan.

Our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was adopted on June 15, 2015. It is a four-year commitment  that outlines practical actions the organisation will take to drive greater equality, build strong relationships and enhance respect between Aboriginal people, Council and the Cardinia Shire community.

The plan has been formally registered with Reconciliation Australia.

View Reconciliation Action Plan


We display the Aboriginal flag in recognition of Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of the land on which Cardinia Shire is located.

The Aboriginal flag is proclaimed as a ‘Flag of Australia’ under Section 5 of the Flags Act and is recognised for its importance to Aboriginal people and as a symbol of identity.

The black represents the Aboriginal people, the red symbolises the earth and their spiritual relationship to the land, while the yellow embodies the sun, the giver of life.

The flag is displayed on a permanent basis in the Council Chambers and is flown at other civic places during special events including Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.

The Aboriginal flag is flown at half mast, following a request from the relevant local Aboriginal community organisation, to mark the passing of an esteemed local elder.

Note: This procedure is currently under review.