The Central Coast region of New South Wales is the home of the Darkinjung people and a region rich in cultural heritage with over 7,000 registered Aboriginal sites of cultural significance.
Jawun began sending secondees to the Central Coast in March 2012.
The Central Coast region is bounded by the Hawkesbury River in the south, the Watagan Mountains in the west and the southern end of Lake Macquarie in the north and is aligned to the boundaries of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council. The region is a network of towns that have been linked in recent years by expanding suburban development.
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
The Central Coast is home to a diverse and fast growing Aboriginal community of over 12,000 people. Aboriginal people on the Central Coast continue to face a number of significant challenges including employment, education and health. However, the community have embraced community-wide collaboration, underpinned by strong leadership, strong governance structures and a developing economic base. Amidst a changing landscape driven by regional population growth and expanding urban development, the Aboriginal community on the Central Coast have come together to drive changes and deliver services under a collaborative regional governance structure.