Northern Sydney Aboriginal Social Plan

The Northern Sydney Aboriginal Social Plan (NSASP) project was developed to provide strategic direction for meeting the social needs of the Aboriginal community across the Northern Sydney Region. It is funded by 10 Northern Sydney Councils including Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Warringah and Willoughby. In addition to identifying areas of high need and proposing strategies it also promotes a commitment towards achieving social justice and reconciliation.

The NSASP 2007 to 2011 builds on the foundations of the previous plan and contains recommendations in the following key areas;

  1. Collaboration and Cooperation
  2. Health and Wellbeing
  3. Education and Training
  4. Housing
  5. Employment
  6. Culture and Heritage

The Plan was completed in close consultation with the Aboriginal community and the Northern Sydney Aboriginal Advisory Group, a body created to advise and guide the project during its development.

Willoughby City Council formally adopted the Plan in February 2007.

Download the  NSASP Action Plan. A 6 month Progress Report for June 2008 has been completed and can be downloaded here  NSASP Report June 2008. For further information regarding the NSASP please contact Kathryn Ridley, Policy & Projects Officer on 9777 7970 or email

One project completed as part of the plan is the  Northern Sydney Aboriginal Services Directory.

Willoughby Council, along with several other Councils in the area, supports the Aboriginal Heritage Office. These officers monitor Aboriginal sites in the area and ensure their preservation and protection.