The Australian Government has supported the return of over 1600 Australian Indigenous ancestors from overseas institutions and private collectors for over 30 years.

The repatriation of Australian Indigenous ancestors helps to promote healing, justice and reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all Australians

45 Australian Indigenous ancestors returned from Saxony, Germany

November 2019—Germany

The remains of 45 ancestors were returned to Australia from the State Ethnographic Collections of Saxony. Representatives from Gunaikurnai, Victoria, Ngarrindjeri, South Australia and Menang, Western Australia travelled to Germany to receive and accompany their ancestors' home. Gunaikurnai representative commented that repatriation is about healing "our ancestors deserve to be laid to rest at home on Country, and there is comfort in knowing they are back where they belong". The Department is continuing to progress discussions with other German institutions to facilitate further returns.

Media Release—45 Australian Indigenous ancestors to be repatriated from Germany