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The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of this nation.

We recognise the ongoing traditional and modern cultural practices and connection to Country held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging as the Traditional Custodians and Lore Keepers of the world’s oldest living culture.

Project team

Aimee Reeves, Emma Johnson, Kalen Gilbert (Quandamooka), Necia Fisher (Goreng Goreng), Kylie Bishop (Bundjalung), Deanne Kuhn, Eamonn Burke, Jerome Radok, and Caroline Quick.

The project team would like thank the following departments for releasing staff to participate in the project:

  • The former Department of Environment and Energy
  • Various divisions from across the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Illustrator Amy Tracey, yuyang

The yuyang (glossy black cockatoo) is a very spiritual bird. For many people, these birds represent a connection to the spirits of their ancestors. For some people, a sighting of the yuyang can also mean that times of change are on the horizon, whether this be through coming rains or otherwise.

For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, their inherent ability to adapt to change whilst staying connected to, and drawing upon the strength of those who have walked before them, is one of their greatest strengths.

Indigenous artwork shows a Yuyang (glossy black cockatoo) in dark green with wildflowers in green, a pink feather and aqua gumnuts

Illustration by Illustrator Amy Tracey, yuyang