Indigenous people

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons. They are the people who have and maintain strong connection to their Country, values, cultural practices and distinct social systems. ‘Indigenous’ is a term extensively used throughout Australia when referring to the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people of Australia, and related topics.  

This report uses the word Indigenous; however, we acknowledge that this may not be the preferred term for all Australia’s First Nations’ people and we apologise for any offence it may cause. In the text, we have used the words ‘Indigenous’ and ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’ and have also identified Indigenous people and Country by their  Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander clan or language name. 

See also Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and First Nations.