South Australian Aboriginal Engagement Reform 2019-2020

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We are asking South Australian Aboriginal people, communities and organisations to help us improve the way the South Australian Government engages with the Aboriginal community.

What is being decided?

We are committed to enhancing relationships with the South Australian Aboriginal community through the South Australian Aboriginal Engagement Reform initiative.

This initiative will develop a model to facilitate and enable better engagement between the government and the Aboriginal community.

Dr Roger Thomas, Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement

Consultation Process


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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 9 August to 25 October 2019. Below is a record of the engagement.

We are asking South Australian Aboriginal people, communities and organisations to help us improve the way the South Australian Government engages with the Aboriginal community.

What is being decided?

We are committed to enhancing relationships with the South Australian Aboriginal community through the South Australian Aboriginal Engagement Reform initiative.

This initiative will develop a model to facilitate and enable better engagement between the government and the Aboriginal community.

Dr Roger Thomas, Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement is seeking input from the wider South Australian Aboriginal community on a new engagement model for South Australia.

The recommended model seeks to:

  • improve government engagement with Aboriginal people
  • ensure the views of Aboriginal people are represented in government decision making
  • make recommendations regarding improved partnerships between government and the Aboriginal community of South Australia.

An overview of this engagement is also available as a PDF flyer.

How can your input influence the decision?

All Aboriginal people, communities and organisations are encouraged to get involved. Your input will help improve the relationship between the Aboriginal community and the South Australian Government.

How can you get involved?

Until 25 October 2019, Aboriginal South Australians will have a range of opportunities to participate in the conversation about the recommended engagement model by:

How will your input be used?

Once the Commissioner has obtained the views of the Aboriginal community, a report will be presented to the Premier for Cabinet in November 2019.

Contact

For more information:

Closing date: 5pm Friday 25 October 2019


Background


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About the Feature Artwork and Artist

Overall this artwork represents engagement across the state of South Australia (SA) with Aboriginal people and state government.

The circles located across the artwork represent each community across SA, from the north of the state down to the southern part including west coast and the river land. The lines of dots moving from one community (the circles) to another represent the journey of people from state government engaging and working with Aboriginal people in their community to bring about positive outcomes.

Across the artwork are line of dots which represent a united voice from each community coming together as a strong voice.

This artwork was created by Karen Briggs a proud Yorta Yorta woman whose ancestral home land radiates from the junction of the Goulburn and Murray Rivers on the New South Wales and Victoria boarder.


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    You can share your ideas on how to improve the relationship between the Aboriginal community and the South Australian government by:

    Closing date: 5pm Friday 25 October 2019

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    Dr Roger Thomas, Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement is currently seeking input from Aboriginal South Australians on an engagement model that improves the Aboriginal community’s relationship with the South Australian Government.

    The recommended model seeks to:

    • improve government engagement with Aboriginal people
    • ensure the views of Aboriginal people are represented in government decision making
    • make recommendations regarding improved partnerships between government and the Aboriginal community of South Australia.

    An engagement body will be established that:

    • contributes to state policy debate by influencing policy and laws affecting Aboriginal South Australians
    • makes recommendations to government on issues and barriers raised by Aboriginal people or identified by the body
    • makes recommendations to agencies on policy and programs that impact Aboriginal people
    • continues the ongoing relationship with strategic Cabinet meetings.

    Membership will comprise of half elected and half appointed Aboriginal South Australians. The Electoral Commissioner SA will assist with a state-wide vote to determine elected members. For appointed members, the Commissioner will convene a panel and make recommendations to the Premier following self-nominations received through expressions of interest.

    The criteria for membership will include skills base, gender balance, elders, youth and geographical representation. All members must be Aboriginal.

    It is proposed that the new body will be established by 30 June 2020.

    In the interim, the role of the existing South Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (SAAAC) will continue until 30 June 2020. All current members’ terms have been extended until this date.

    The role of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement will be maintained during this period.

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    What will be the role of the new body?

    The primary responsibility of the engagement body will be to:

    • Contribute to State policy debate by influencing policy and laws affecting Aboriginal South Australians.
    • Provide recommendations to government on issues and barriers raised by Aboriginal people or identified by the body.
    • Provide recommendations to agencies on policy and programs that impact Aboriginal people.
    • Continue the ongoing relationship with strategic Cabinet meetings.

    The body will develop stronger and improved relationships between the Aboriginal community and SA Government. The body will also review its future roles and function.

    What will the body look like?

    It is proposed that the body will comprise of a half elected and half appointed membership of Aboriginal South Australians. The criteria for membership will include skills base, gender balance, elders, youth and geographical representation. All members must be Aboriginal.

    Is Treaty included in these consultations?

    No. The consultations will focus on developing a new engagement model with SA Government.

    Who is providing advice to government while these consultations are taking place and arrangements for the new body are being established?

    The role of the existing South Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (SAAAC) will continue until 30 June 2020. All current members terms have been extended until this date. The role of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement will be maintained during this period.

    When will the new body be announced and established?

    Announcements about the membership of the new body is expected to be made by 30 June 2020, with the body commencing its role by 1 July 2020.