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Noongar Recognition

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Noongar People on steps of Parliament celebrating the Bill

The Noongar people are now formally recognised, through an Act of the WA Parliament, as the Traditional Owners of the south-west region of Westen Australia.

The Noongar (Koorah, Nitja, Boordahwan) (Past, Present, Future) Recognition Act 2016, proclaimed on 6 June 2016 to coincide with WA Day 2016, recognises the important relationship the Noongar people have with the Noongar lands, and the significant and unique contribution of Noongar people to the heritage, cultural identity, community and economy of WA.  It is also the first statute in Western Australia to incorporate an Aboriginal language. 

The Act is historically significant for the State of WA and is one of a number of outcomes negotiated between the Noongar People and the WA Government.

The successful passage of the Act through Parliament fulfils a central condition to the future commencement of the landmark South West Native Title Settlement.

The Noongar Recognition Bill was initially introduced to Parliament on 14 October 2015.  Noongar Elders and representatives attended a morning tea at the WA Parliament and later witnessed the historic second reading speech.

Noongar (Koorah, Nitja, Boordahwan) (Past, Present, Future) Recognition Act  2016


Noonakoort moort nitja burranginge noongar boodja

Noonakoort moort kwomba

Djinunge nitja mungarrt — koorah

Noonakoort moort yirra yarkinje kwomba noongar boodja

Koorah — nitja — boordahwan

Noonakoort moort yarkinje noongar boodja

Nyidiung koorah barminje noonakoort moort

Wierrnbirt domberrinje

Noonakoort moort koort boodja

Nitja gnulla moorditj karrl Boodja

All our Noongar people stand here on Noongar land.

Past, present and future.

We stand strong on our land.

The mungart tree symbolises our strength and survival.

All of our people stand firm on our land.

Our people are here to stay — we will always be.

Further Information 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.