An Acknowledgement of Country is generally offered at the beginning of a meeting, speech or formal occasion. In addition to the initial Acknowledgement of Country, some speakers may also elect to offer their personal Acknowledgement of Country at the start of their own presentation.
An Acknowledgement of Country can be done by everyone, Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal people, to pay respect to the fact that one is on Aboriginal land. Official NSW government sector events or ceremonies should begin with a Welcome to Country.
A Welcome to Country is a very specific Aboriginal cultural protocol that allows for an Aboriginal Elder, at the beginning of the event, to welcome all of the participants at the event to the country of their people and their ancestors.