Why Adding Traditional Owners to Address Is Important
Gomeroi woman Rachael McPhail has been petitioning Australia Post to make the change and will continue to call for all documents to have that option including driving licences, bank documents etc.
Rachael is currently working on a national list of all traditional place names so people can easily find the correct name to use.
This is an important step in the wider recognition of traditional owners and all the different clans and cultures across the country.
How to Add the Traditional Place
The Traditional Place name should be written between the recipient’s name and their street address.
Bicycle NSW has updated our address to show respect to the First Nations’ people of the land where our office is located:
Physical Address: Gadigal Country, Tower 2, Level 20, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Postal Address: Gadigal Country, PO Box Q178, Queen Victoria Building, NSW 1230
Across Australia, NAIDOC Week is celebrated in early July and promotes the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC Week 2021 (4-11 July 2021) invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.
“Adding the Traditional Place when sending a package or letter is a small action that will have a big impact on the recognition and understanding of this country’s First Nations’,” said Bicycle NSW Communications Manager, Kim Lavender.
Bicycle NSW encourages people to include the Traditional Place when sending post across Australia. To find your Traditional Place name, we recommend using the AIATSIS map here.