SANTS News – April 2024

Monthly native title updates

AIATSIS Summit to be held in Naarm / Melb

The AIATSIS Summit provides a unique forum for Elders, leaders, native title stakeholders and legal experts to come together and collaborate on the issues that matter most to First Nations peoples.

As one of the largest conferences of its kind, the Summit also offers opportunities to support and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge and governance and provides a forum to network and establish new relationships.

The Summit incorporates a three-day native title component (3 to 5 June) and youth forum (4 to 6 June) with Indigenous research and GLAM discussions held across the week.

Register here

Elders record their stories around Innamincka

In April, the media team at SA Native Title Services recorded Yandruwandha and Yawarrawarrka Elders sharing stories about their Country around Innamincka.

Elders Shirley Harris, Gloria Paterson, Lynette Naylor, Joyce Singleton and Julie Bird live away from their traditional lands, but still hold a strong connection to the area.

While fishing along the Cooper Creek (Kinipapa), Aunty Gloria said, “Every Australian should be told about the food that’s in this country, because it’s like walking into Woolworths. I know I would not starve between here at the great distance over there, because from the water to the gumtrees there is food – it’s like three different sections of one shop.”

The trip coincided with the second running of the Padla Ngalungga Kinipapa light show created by Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka Traditional Land Owners Aboriginal Corporation.

We’re hiring an Archaeologist

Want to join the SANTS team?

If you have relevant tertiary qualifications, at least 3 years experience in a similar position, and have undertaken cultural heritage fieldwork, this could be the role for you!

The full-time position is a great opportunity to work on Country and engage with Aboriginal communities across South Australia.

For a full position description, please email, and apply via Seek by 5pm Friday, 17 May 2024.

Apply here

Northern and Yorke’s Grassroots Grants

The Northern and Yorke Landscape Board’s $250,000 Grassroots Grants program is now open, with $50,000 dedicated to First Nations-led projects.

Community members who have practical ideas to improve the health of the region’s landscapes can apply for between $2,000 and $10,000 until Monday, 3 June 2024. Potential projects include weed, pest or disease control, watercourse or wetland management, revegetation, survey and monitoring activities, sustainable agriculture trials, cultural knowledge sharing and community education.

To find out more, Traditional Owners can attend an online information session on Monday, 13 May from 4.30pm-6pm.

Nominate for the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs is calling for nominations to the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee.

Nominations close on Monday, 6 May 2024 (late nominations will not be accepted).


If you know about and are experienced in protecting Aboriginal heritage in South Australia; are familiar with confidentiality requirements, good governance and procedural fairness; understand conflict of interest and bias and can demonstrate a capacity for complex decision making, and you are in a position to commit to attend meetings about every six weeks and to prepare for those meetings, the Minister will be interested to hear from you.


All nominations should be submitted via post or email to:

Jill Walsh Executive Officer – State Aboriginal Heritage Committee
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
GPO Box 464, Adelaide SA 5001

For further information please phone 8429 9413

Nomination form

SA Museum restructure could water down Aboriginal engagement

SA Museum staff with the expertise to manage Aboriginal family research and sacred collections are at risk of losing their jobs if a proposed restructure goes ahead at the institution.

Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner, an Elder with over 40 years’ experience in repatriations, believes the knowledge and expertise of senior museum staff is “near impossible to replace.”

Due to public concerns, the Premier is reviewing the proposal before a final decision is made.

Read more

Have your say on the Animal Welfare Act

What’s being decided? The state government is updating the Animal Welfare Act to “ensure the laws governing animal welfare are supported by science, consistent with contemporary practices and in line with community expectations”.

The unique relationship First Nations people have with animals must be considered in the changes, and for this reason Traditional Owners are encouraged to provide their feedback on a draft version of the Bill using the link below.

Consultation closes 26 May 2024.

Have your say here