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Supporting Aboriginal people

This section of the Fair Trading website has information for Aboriginal consumers and traders.


Free Plumbing Program  Delivers Benefits to Wentworth Communities

As part of a NSW Fair Trading yearly program, Plumbing Health Checks were carried out to Aboriginal communities in the Wentworth district. Site inspections were conducted on properties in the towns of Wentworth, Dareton, Coomealla, Buronga, Gol Gol, Euston and Namatjira.

Fair Trading conducted free inspections at 107 properties and undertook immediate plumbing repairs at 69 of those properties. A further 70 properties were identified as requiring major plumbing work and this will be undertaken in the future by licensed tradespeople managed by Aboriginal housing providers.

Site inspections were conducted by a team of Fair Trading staff including licensed plumbers and Indigenous community liaison officers who were assisted by members of the NSW Master Plumbers Association.

Since the program began in 2014, we have successfully provided free Plumbing Health Checks and repairs to properties in Walgatt, Lightning Ridge, Bourke, Alice Edwards Village, Wentworth, Dareton, Coomealla, Buronga, Gol Gol, Euston and Namatjira.

Fair Trading will continue to work closely with Aboriginal Housing Providers to identify remote regional aboriginal communities that would benefit from this successful program for 2017.


Photo of the Fair trading plumbing health check team 
The Plumbing Health Check team

How to contact us

You can call us on the freecall number 1800 500 330. Simply ask to speak with an Aboriginal officer.

Fair Trading also has Aboriginal staff who can present at your next community event, seminar, conference, workshop. Our talks help educate consumers and traders about their rights and responsibilities. Each presentation is tailored to meet the needs of your community or industry group. To contact an officer in your area, go to the Free community talks page.

Aboriginal Action Plan

NSW Fair Trading implemented an Aboriginal Action Plan in 1998 and has regularly reviewed the Plan since. In November 2013 a new Aboriginal Action Plan was developed after receiving feedback from staff and consultation with Indigenous communities and organisations.

The Aboriginal Action Plan involves making Fair Trading’s services more accessible to Indigenous communities across New South Wales. By making its services more accessible, Fair Trading can improve the experience of Indigenous consumers in the marketplace.

The current Aboriginal Action Plan also aligns with the priorities set out in the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy 2014-2016 Action Plan, Taking action, gaining trust. (PDF size: 528kb) 

National Indigenous Consumer Strategy 2014-2016 priorities:

  • Trading practices
  • Housing
  • Consumer awareness
  • Contracts.

For further information about the Aboriginal Action Plan contact Fair Trading's Co-ordinator Aboriginal Programs.

Useful information for Aboriginal consumers and businesses

Fair Trading useful information and services: