General News

Annual Report, 2022-2023

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre's annual report for the financial year 2022 - 2023 can be viewed via the link below. The annual report shares the achievements of all the services and programs the TAC provides. TAC Annual Report 2022-23.PDF Read more


Our oceans to the north, east and south of Lutruwita are already at above average water temperatures and are in a global warming hotspot. ​ The marine heatwave forecast is severe and expected to persist throughout spring and summer. ​Check out the video below to see what the TAC is doing to tackle this issue and for some tips on how you can help. Read more

Land Rights Rally

Stand up for our land rights! Join us and find out why the government's proposed amendments to the Aboriginal Lands Act are reprehensible. 1 pmThursday, 14 September 2023Parliament Lawns, Nipaluna/Hobart Read more

Closing the Gap, 2023

Tanya Harper policy officer Closing the Gap at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. Picture: Nikki Davis-Jones On the face of it, Tasmania is doing better at closing the gap than almost any other jurisdiction in Australia. According to the state’s latest Closing the Gap Annual Report 2021–22, Tasmania is “predominantly performing above the national average against 13 targets,” out of a total of 17. Tasmania has already met two of the targets: increase the proportion of children enrolled in early childhood education to 95 per ... Read more


The Tasmanian government is hell-bent on removing any power we have over our land and our identity. The Aboriginal Lands Act was passed in 1995, and the premier of the day, Ray Groom, returned 12 sites - equating to 3800 hectares - to the Aboriginal community. Ray Groom gave a powerful speech in Parliament about the purpose of the Aboriginal Lands Act. He championed for an Aboriginal Lands Act that: Has responsibility for its own board policy decisions.Is free to operate at arm's length ... Read more

Voting on the voice

"A vote for an advisory body is a vote to keep Aborigines down, to be advisers not decision-makers" Michael Mansell Michael Mansell's Talking Point, published in The Mercury, Friday, 18 August 2023. I am part of the Aboriginal progressive No group which opposes the referendum on the Voice because after all that has been done to Aboriginal people, and all that needs to be done, a piddly advisory body is not the answer. The Voice proposal has been the dominant political agenda for 16 ... Read more

Dr Claire Griffiths

New partnership starts in northwest Tasmania Media Release, Friday, 28 July 2023 Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Department of Health Aunty Deidre McDonald and Dr Claire Griffiths Aboriginal health services in northwest Tasmania have welcomed their first doctor as part of a new placement program enabling doctors-in-training to work across the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) and Aboriginal Health Service (AHS). Last week Palawa woman Dr Claire Griffiths began a 13-week placement working part time in emergency medicine at the Mersey Community Hospital and part time in community health services provided by the ... Read more

Milaythina Nayri, July 2023

Check out the latest edition of Milaythina Nayri - Healthy Country, July 2023 In this issue: Land Management LuntalananaHummockyPreminghanaBig DogTrainingYula Monitoring Firesticks Workshops Tayaritja Milyathina Muka IPA Lungtalanana Cultural Landscape Restoration Read and download the newsletter - Milaythina Nayri, July 2023 (PDF) Cultural fire on Hummocky Read more

ALCT – Closing the Gap

Tasmanian Government’s lack of progress on Close the Gap reforms. Media Release, Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania Today [26 July 2023] the Australian Productivity Commission handed down its findings and recommendations about the national implementation of the Close the Gap reforms. [ see here: Draft Report - Review of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap - Productivity Commission ( ]  The Productivity Commission’s first review of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap shows that governments are not adequately delivering on their commitments to Aboriginal ... Read more

Raise the age

Raise the age For 50 years the organised Aboriginal community through the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has recognised the fundamental role the criminal law system has played in the oppression of our people. The incarceration of our people at alarmingly disproportionate rates is evidence of that oppression. We’ve been calling for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised for years and fully agree with the advice provided by the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Leanne McLean. It’s unbelievable that today, we are still locking ... Read more
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