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Reconciliation Plan

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Sydney Opera House acknowledges the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians, on whose ancestral land the Opera House sits.

For millennia the Gadigal people expressed their culture through music, dance and storytelling on the rocky outcrop of Bennelong Point. This place was known to the Gadigal as Dh-bow-gule and remains an important cultural site.

We acknowledge custodians and elders, past and present, and pay respect to the cultural authority and traditions with which they have gifted this land. We recognise the rich contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures make to the diversity of the Australian community.

Sydney Opera House is committed to furthering reconciliation and ensuring that the First Peoples of this nation are valued for their contribution to Australian life.


I am pleased to present the Opera House’s third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a three-year strategic plan that provides real opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

This document builds on two previous one-year RAPs, which helped us identify the areas in which our efforts have the greatest effect, such as education, employment and training, programming and broader cultural awareness.

As a result of that process, we can now sharpen our focus and make those programs part of our core business. This RAP includes tangible targets and a clear path to success. It is also timely in a year that marks the bicentenary of the death of Woollarawarre Bennelong, a member of the Wangal clan who gave Bennelong Point site its name and is regarded by many as Australia’s first diplomat.

As an international performing arts centre and one of the most recognisable symbols of Australia, the opera house has a clear leadership responsibility in relation to reconciliation.


This three-year program of strategies and activities is an important step in living up to that responsibility.

Download Reconciliation Action Plan 2014-16

Download Reconciliation Action Plan 2012/13

Download Reconciliation Action Plan 2011

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