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 2016 ABS Census:

  • 327, 739 people live on the Central Coast, of which 12,487 (4%) identified as Indigenous
  • 80% of Indigenous 20–24 year olds complete Year 12 or equivalent compared to 87% for the non-Indigenous population
  • 50% of the Indigenous workforce-age population are employed full time compared to 56% for the non-Indigenous population