Confirmation of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Descent

While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity is unique and sacred to every person all applicants and students who participate or are involved in Nura Gili Programs and/or activities are required to provide proof of their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

At Nura Gili due to the historical nature of our peoples history we understand that sometimes obtaining an official Confirmation of Aboriginality can be challenging. Therefore, we accept either of the following forms of documentation as Confirmation of Aboriginality:

1.  A letter of “Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Descent” provided by an Indigenous Community organisation. This must be stamped with the organisation’s common seal of certification.


2.  A Statutory Declaration. This is a legal binding document demonstrating your self- identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. The Statutory Declaration must be accompanied by any of the following:

  • Proof that you are an Abstudy recipient;
  • Proof of genealogy, such as birth records or an official family tree;
  • A letter from an Indigenous organisation or Aboriginal Liaison Officer that recognises you as an Indigenous person. This must contain the organisation’s letterhead; or
  • A letter from an Indigenous person employed in an Indigenous identified position. For instance, an Aboriginal School Liaison Officer or Aboriginal Community Worker. This must also contain the organisation’s letterhead.
  • A letter from a school that recognises you as an Indigenous student

If you have any questions about these requirements please contact us on (02) 9385 3805 or email