Tips for writing an Acknowledgement of Country

You can also find this content as a printable word document under the printable resources folder at the end of this course.

  1. Visit four services in your area and have a look at the Acknowledgement messages that they have posted on their front wall.
  2. Photograph each one and consider what is written in each of them.
  3. Find out the name of the most appropriate Traditional Custodians for the land your service is located on and include them in the Acknowledgement. 
  4. Use all of this information to write an Acknowledgement of Country that you could use in your service.
  5. Once you have written a draft of your Acknowledgement of Country give this to your Director to check and share with other staff at your service. You could place this in your front foyer if you don’t have one there already.  

Read more about protocols for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country.

Who are the Traditional Custodians of this land?

  • Visit the AIATSIS map of Aboriginal Australia and find out where your service is located.
    • "The Aboriginal Language Map attempts to represent all of the language or tribal or nation groups of Indigenous people of Australia. It indicates general locations of larger groupings of people which may include smaller groups such as clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. David R Horton is the creator of the Indigenous Language Map. This map is based on language data gathered by Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, (1996)."
    • This map may give a different spelling for your region so you may still need to research further. If you need more information about the groups of people in a particular region contact the relevant Land Councils. To purchase a print version of this map visit the AIATSIS online store.
  • Seek out an Aboriginal Elder in the local area to find out who the Traditional land Owners are for your area. You could find a local Aboriginal Elder by:
    • Contacting the local Indigenous Family Support program or Aboriginal Medical Centre. They may also be able to help you to locate an appropriate Aboriginal Elder for your area.
    • Look out for events in your community and make contact with the Aboriginal person who is doing the Acknowledgement or Welcome at that event. They may also be able to provide you with an appropriate contact person.

Here is an example of the Queensland Department of Education Training and Employment’s Acknowledgement of Country

Aboriginal languages map

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