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‘We invite you to walk with us on the journey’

In all our activities we pay our deepest respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands and waters on which we work.

We honour the resilience and continuing connection to Country, culture and community of all Aboriginal people across Western Australia and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Establishing a flagship Aboriginal Cultural Centre with state-wide significance has been identified as a major cultural infrastructure need for Western Australia (WA) to empower Aboriginal people.

Led by Aboriginal people working in partnership with the State Government, the centre presents an extraordinary opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the world’s oldest continuous living culture and share it with the nation and the world.

The centre will become a powerful symbol of truth telling, justice, healing, and reconciliation, creating a culturally safe place for Aboriginal people in the state’s capital city.

An Aboriginal Cultural Centre of international significance will not only celebrate the diversity of WA’s Aboriginal communities but inspire visitors to connect with Aboriginal people and experience first-hand the unique cultural offerings available on Country.

The Aboriginal Cultural Centre will create:

  • greater awareness, understanding and celebration of Aboriginal culture, heritage and Country
  • advancement in truth-telling, justice, healing and reconciliation
  • increased economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in creative arts, tourism, and other cultural related industries
  • stronger connection and collaboration with and between Aboriginal people and communities.

The centre will showcase 65,000+ years of continuous living culture which would encompass a mixture of the following functions and spaces.

Current project status

The centre’s cultural framework grounds the project in the life cycle of its Host Country on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja by aligning planning and development with the Noongar 6 seasons.

We are currently in the incubation phase, or Djilba, where the cultural narratives and themes grow and develop, gradually taking place. We will then move into Kambarang, which is the birth of the project where the ideas, narratives and themes start to shape place.

As the project moves from Djilba to Kambarang we will be expanding engagement across WA with Aboriginal people and communities, traditional knowledge holders as well as language, art, and cultural centres.

This will provide an opportunity to update the wider Aboriginal community on the project and ensure all communities can contribute to the centre's planning and development.

We look forward to partnering with you to help shape the vision, functions and scope of the state-wide Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Page reviewed 11 September 2023