Central Coast


The NSW Central Coast region is rich in cultural heritage with over 7,000 registered Aboriginal sites. The boundaries of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) extend from Catherine Hill Bay to the north, Hawkesbury River to the south, Pacific Ocean to the east, and Watagan Mountains to the west. The Indigenous community on the Central Coast have come together to drive changes and deliver services under a collaborative regional governance structure. 

According to the ABS Census: 

  • 327, 736 people live on the Central Coast, of which 12,485 (3.8%) identified as Indigenous (2016)
  • The median age of Indigenous people is 21 years compared to 42 years for the non-Indigenous population (2016)
  • 30.6% of Indigenous 20–24 year olds complete Year 12 or equivalent compared to 40.3% for the non-Indigenous population (2016)
  • 52% of the Indigenous workforce-age population are employed compared to 69% for the non-Indigenous population (2011 – 2016 disaggregated data not yet available)