Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
Logan is home to people from diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations and languages.
At the time of the 2016 census 9,813 of Logan’s residents identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, representing 3.2% of our population. The local community have advised that the actual figure is much higher.
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia. We uphold their ongoing connection to the lands, waterways, cultures and languages.
We also acknowledge there is a gap in life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples compared to non-Indigenous Australians. This includes gaps in life expectancy, health, educational attainment and employment.
We commit to working towards reconciliation and contributing to closing the gap in Logan.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) support organisations to develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We have delivered two RAPs since 2015. Through our RAPs we have:
- Increased staff and public awareness about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples history, cultures and perspectives.
- Delivered programs, services, exhibitions and public artworks in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Worked within our sphere of influence towards closing the gap.
The following table outlines the status of our RAP deliverables as at December 2020. For more information see our Reconciliation Action Plan outcome report - June 2019 to December 2020 (PDF 3.5 MB).
|Progress status of deliverables||Number of deliverables||Percentage|
(a deliverable that requires no further action or we have met the once off/annual target)
|Achieve and ongoing
(a deliverable that we have completed and will continue to deliver on a regular basis)
(a deliverable which is underway)
(a deliverable that has not yet commenced)
Our RAP Working Group is responsible for developing and implementing our RAP. Work has begun to develop our third innovative RAP.
For more information about the national reconciliation framework visit the Reconciliation Australia website.
Significant dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
There are a number of significant dates and events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These dates present opportunities for learning about our shared history and progressing reconciliation. These include:
Survival Day. January 26 has many meanings. It is Australia Day for some and it is also, for some, Survival Day. Our national day provides an opportunity to acknowledge and learn about our nation's past.
Anniversary of Apology in 2008 for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that inflicted grief, suffering and losses on Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination marks the beginning of a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination. We know this as Harmony Week in Australia.
|3rd Thursday in March||National Close the Gap Day to bring people together to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.|
|15 April||Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 1991.|
National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. We now know this as ‘The Stolen Generations’.
|27 May||Anniversary of 1967 Referendum where Australians voted to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census. It also gave the Australian Government the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.|
|27 May - 3 June||National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. It is also a time to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.|
Mabo Day on this day in 1992 the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision. This led to the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands. This decision paved the way for Native Title.
Coming of the Light is a holiday celebrated by Torres Strait Islander peoples. It recognises the adoption of Christianity through island communities in 1871.
|First week of July||NAIDOC Week is a celebration of the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Every year NAIDOC Week celebrations are centred on a theme chosen by a national organising committee.|
|4 August||National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is a time to celebrate the strengths and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.|
|9 August||International Day of the World's Indigenous People to promote and protect the rights of the world's Indigenous populations.|
National Reconciliation Week 2023
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2023, Be a Voice for Generations, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise. For the work of generations past, and the benefit of generations future, let’s choose to create a more just, equitable and reconciled country for all.
NAIDOC Week 2023
This years NAIDOC 2023 theme is For Our Elders. It encourages all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.
NAIDOC Week 2023 will be held from Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July. Visit the NAIDOC website for more information about this year’s NAIDOC theme.
Library services and resources
Our libraries offer resources and services designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
We have also worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and communities to collect and present series’ of digital stories. Go to our libraries webpage for more information.
To find out more about State and National reconciliation actions, see:
- Reconciliation Australia
- Reconciliation Queensland
- Path to Treaty – Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
- Path to Treaty - Queensland Government path to treaty
- Queensland Government Response to the Treaty Advancement Committee Report 2022 (PDF)
- Referendum on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice
- National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) - Indigenous affairs
- Australian Human Rights Commission