Aboriginal flag is first flown.
Commonwealth Office of Aboriginal Affairs is upgraded to a Department of Aboriginal
Whitlam Federal Government adopts self-determination
as the official government policy in Indigenous Affairs.
The Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act provides
for the establishment of an Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority,
a Commissioner for Aboriginal Planning and an Aboriginal Affairs
Advisory Council to provide consultative and other services and for
the economic, social and cultural advancement of persons of Aboriginal
descent in Western Australia. The Native Welfare Act 1963 is
The Western Australian Aboriginal Heritage Act is declared
with the aim of protecting places and objects of significance to
Neville Bonner is elected to Senate for Queensland, becoming the
first indigenous person to be elected to any Australian parliament.
Aboriginal tent embassy is pitched outside Parliament House, Canberra.
A Royal Commission headed by L.C. Furnell Q.C. inquires into
all matters affecting the well-being of Aboriginal people in Western
First national elections for Indigenous people, to elect 41 members
of the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee (NACC). More than
27,000 Aboriginal people vote.
Western Australian Aboriginal Affairs Planning
Act is amended and a merger takes place between the Authority and
the Federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA). The Commonwealth
is responsible for the administration of the AAPA Act.
Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act guarantees the right of every
Australian, regardless of race, to equal treatment before the law.
National Aboriginal Conference (NAC) replaces the NACC and provides a forum for
the expression of Aboriginal views.
Kimberley Land Council is established.
Western Australian Aboriginal Communities Act is proclaimed, allowing
certain Aboriginal communities to manage and control community affairs.