Ports on the Indigenous map of Australia

Our nation's ports are located in some of the world's mostbeautiful locations, all rich with the history and culture lived by thetraditional custodians of the land. It’s important we identify the partnershipsbetween ports and First Nation’s peoples and consider how we can empower oneanother to do more as an industry.

Ports Australia acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our ports are located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. Ports Australia is committed to respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.

Ports Australia has launched its ‘Ports on the Indigenous Map of Australia’, an online resource which locates ports on an Indigenous map of Australia and allows ports to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which they operate.

Ports taking on reconciliation action and engaging with Traditional Owners is a critical part of business on an acute port and local community level, but also on a far greater scale, contributing to the growth of unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples across Australia.

Ports Australia would like to acknowledge the work of Scarlett Cheesman who interned with Ports Australia in 2021, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from her studies helping to drive the development of this project.

Disclaimer: Whilst Ports Australia has exercised its best efforts, it cannot guarantee the accuracy and completeness of the information contained herein or eliminate the possibility of anomalies with regard to system limitations.

This map seeks to reflect where and how the ports of Australia fit into the rich diversity of Indigenous Australia. The design of this map is based on the
work of David R Horton for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. It attempts to represent the language, social or nation groups of Indigenous Australia. The boundaries are not intended to be exact. Ports Australia acknowledges there may be a diverse range of clans, dialects, or languages within the areas mapped.

The Acknowledgments of Country and port-specific information have been provided by the respective ports.

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