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Cultural Protocols

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL PROTOCOLS

Sydney Opera House is committed to celebrating and generating greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols are designed to provide guidance on culturally respectful behaviours and use of cultural material.

PRINCIPLES
Our Protocols are underpinned by four key principles.

1. Respect
Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture and the rights of people to own and control their culture. Respect for customs, points of view and lifestyle.

2. Recognition and Protection
Appropriate recognition and protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture rights.

3. Interpretation and Integrity
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander control over the presentation or use of their cultural heritage.

4. Relationships
Consultation with people and communities in the arts sector in relation to how their culture, history, material and customs are used or represented.

A summary of the Protocols and practice tips can be downloaded here

The full Protocols document as well as a list of significant dates and community and cultural events can be downloaded here

View our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Significant Dates
View a map of Australian Aboriginal Languages and Social Groups
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