Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

You should use:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Aboriginal peoples
  • Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Aboriginal man/woman/child
  • Aboriginal Elder
  • First Australians.

Do not use:

  • Aboriginals, Aborigine
  • ATSI 
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Using the word Indigenous

Indigenous is a term when referring to a business or business function.

When referring to individuals, find an alternative from the list above where you can.

The term Indigenous may be used if you are quoting or referring to another source where the term Indigenous has been used.

Cultural terms

The following terms should be capitalised:

  • Indigenous
  • Indigenous communities
  • Traditional Owner
  • Elder
  • Sorry Business
  • Men's Business
  • Women's Business
  • On Country.

Last updated: 17 October 2017