If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you may be asked to provide confirmation or evidence when you apply for a job, course, government grant or Centrelink payment.
The NSW Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme provides payments of $75,000 to Stolen Generations survivors who were removed from their families and placed in the care of NSW Aborigines Protection or Welfare Boards. The payment recognises the harm that was caused to survivors when they were forcibly removed.
Applications for the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme close on 30 June 2023.
The Funeral Assistance Fund provides one-off payments of $7,000 to Stolen Generations survivors to assist with the cost of funeral expenses. Eligible Stolen Generations Survivors can choose to receive the Funeral Assistance payment at the same time as their reparations payment or to defer the payment and nominate a person to receive the payment when needed.
If your application is rejected, you can ask for a review of the decision before 31 December 2023.
You can get legal advice from Legal Aid NSW.
For more information see NSW Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme and Funeral Assistance Fund on the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website.
Native Title is recognition of the ongoing traditional ownership of land and waters by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people according to their traditions, laws and customs that existed before Europeans colonised Australia.
Native Title gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait landowners varying rights, including the right to:
Land Rights are rights granted to Aboriginal communities in NSW as compensation for historic dispossession of land, and to support the social and economic development of Aboriginal communities.
A claim for Land Rights is made by the Local Aboriginal Land Council. Where a claim is successful, the freehold title to the land in the claim is transferred to the Local Aboriginal Land Council.
For more information, see the factsheet Comparison of Land Rights and Native Title in NSW on the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website.