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Free the Flag

When the Aboriginal flag’s designer and copyright holder since 1997, Luritja artist Harold Thomas granted non-Indigenous company WAM Clothing the exclusive worldwide licence to use on clothing, physical and digital media in November 2018, organisations and companies using the flag on merchandise began being served cease and desist letters for permission to use it...


Raise the Age

There’s been a growing movement for some time to lift Australia's minimum age of criminal responsibility from just 10 years to 14. Children in that age bracket are going through a period of significant growth and development and forcing them though a criminal legal process in these formative years can cause immense harm to their health, wellbeing and future, and children who are arrested before the age of 14 are three times more likely to commit offences as adults.
The disparity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children going into incarceration is huge - they account for well over half of these younger children in detention.


The search begins for the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre Director

​A search has begun to find an Indigenous director to help lead planning and delivery of the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre (AACC) as a world-class cultural attraction at the Lot Fourteen innovation precinct.
The AACC is being developed in partnership with the Aboriginal community to recognise and celebrate some of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures through immersive experiences that will drive year-round cultural tourism to Adelaide.


Our Stories

Hear from three storytellers from language groups across South Australia.


Indigenous jobs in SA's seafood industry

Paul Vanderberg is the Director of Indigenous Programs at Port Adelaide Football Club.

In his spare time, he's finalising 60 training placements for Indigenous young people in South Australia's tuna industry through a new partnership.


Indigenous Literacy Day

Wednesday, 2nd September is Indigenous Literacy Day, a celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy.


Meet Breaking Ground winner, Juanella McKenzie

Adnyamathanha Luritja artist Juanella McKenzie has just been announced as the recipient of Country Arts SA's professional development award, Breaking Ground.
She will receive $10,000 to develop a body of artwork which connected to her culture, land and ancestors ready to be shown at an Adelaide Gallery next year. She'll also receive $5,000 towards a mentorship opportunity over this time.


Have Your Say - CATSI Act review

More than 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations support Indigenous communities around Australia by delivering services and supporting economic development, especially in regional and remote parts of the country. The regulatory framework and support to these corporations is provided by the Corporations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006 (CATSI Act).

At the end of last year, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Ken Wyatt, announced a comprehensive review into the CATSI Act to assess its effectiveness, including as a special measure under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.


SANTS Office Re-opens

​We’re very pleased to say that after a closure to reduce the risk of COVID-19, the SANTS office will re-open from Monday 22 June.


Closing the Gap - In This Together during a pandemic?

Aboriginal voices are leading the way in a changed approach to Closing the Gap, community leader Pat Turner has told an audience attending the first online SA Reconciliation Week Breakfast.

Under the previous arrangements with governments “to be frank … we did not consider we were ‘In This Together’ with them” Ms Turner said.


SANTS office closed to all visitors

In light of efforts to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Australian community, the SANTS office is closed to visitors. Our operations continue and you can still reach us on the phone or via email and other online means.


SANTS response to Coronavirus COVID-19

SANTS has continued to monitor and consider advice from authorities on appropriate action in response to the Coronavirus. Our priority is to strive to ensure the wellbeing of our clients, the communities we partner with and our staff.

To follow is SANTS’ current position on our operations in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.


Allan Sumner on returning old people

Recently Kaurna community members respectfully reburied the remains of ancestors disturbed during the construction of the Northern Connector and other infrastructure projects in the region.

Listen as Kaurna man Allan Sumner speaks about the ceremony and the challenges in repatriation for community.


SANTS acknowledges that the land on which our office is based is the traditional lands for the Kaurna people and we respect their spiritual and cultural relationship with their country.
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