Outstation movement

The Outstation movement refers to the relocation of Indigenous Australians from towns to remote outposts on traditional tribal land.

As described in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1991)[1] a range of problems faced Aboriginal people living in towns.

During the 1970s and 1980s several groups moved from towns, missions and government settlements to smaller settlements on their traditional lands.[2] Some outpost communities include:


  1. Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  2. Altman, Jon (26 May 2009). "No movement on the outstations". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  • Morice RD, (1976), Woman dancing dreaming: Psychosocial benefits of the aboriginal outstation movement, Medical Journal of Australia, Dec 18-25 2(25-26):939-42
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