Acknowledgement of Country

The Tenants’ Union of New South Wales recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the First Peoples of Australia. Our office is on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.

In keeping with the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983, the Tenants' Union acknowledges that the land in the State of New South Wales is of spiritual, social, cultural and economic importance to Aboriginal people, the traditional owners of the land. It is fitting to acknowledge the importance which all land in NSW has for the Aboriginal people and the need of the Aboriginal people for the land. The Tenants' Union acknowledges that as a result of past government decisions, the amount of land set aside for Aboriginal people has been progressively reduced without compensation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are also over-represented in NSW renter households. The Tenants' Union acknowledges the present and historical disadvantage faced by Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander People and the role of government policies, past and present and racism throughout Australia in creating this disadvantage and the impact of this disadvantage on tenancy and housing issues.

The Tenants' Union acknowledges that a lack of support for non-tenancy issues such as mental health issues, financial hardship, substance dependence, family violence and disabilities can often lead to an escalation of tenancy issues and result in tenants receiving termination notices and/or suffering other negative outcomes such as accruing large rent arrears.

 

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