The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019 – 2028 represents the commitment of the ACT Government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body to deliver real outcomes that improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Canberra.
The Agreement, driven by the Elected Body, outlines how the ACT Government, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and our non-government partners will work together over a ten year period to meet the social, cultural and economic needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Self-determination IS the founding principle of this Agreement. The core focus areas of this Agreement were chosen by Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, facilitated by the Elected Body.
Today, we have released the Agreement Action Plans. These Action Plans describe how we will deliver on the core and significant focus areas of the Agreement. The Action Plans identify actions across government against all ten focus areas, chosen by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community:
- Children and Young People
- Cultural Integrity
- Inclusive Community
- Community Leadership
- Connecting the Community
- Life Long Learning
- Economic Participation
- Health and Wellbeing
Each focus area has specific priority actions that the ACT Government is committed to in the first 18 months of the Agreement. The Action Plans recognise the importance of moving forward from a consultation process to a process of co-design and co-production. This ensures that we engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the experts in their own lives, in designing and delivering the services and outcomes laid out in the Agreement.
To achieve real change, we must know how we are performing. An outcomes framework will track performance against the core outcomes of the Agreement, and an annual report will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly and made publicly available.
ACT Government directorates will be required to report against the targets set in the Outcomes Framework. Each directorate will annually appear before the Elected Body to report on how they are delivering on the outcomes identified in the Agreement.
These reporting mechanisms not only ensure the ACT Government is being held to account but allow the Elected Body to identify opportunities for improvement and action throughout the period of the Agreement.
The Actions Plans have been released ahead of tomorrow’s community event. This event is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members to learn more about the Agreement, Action Plans and work currently underway.
The community event will be held Saturday 2 March, 10am – 2pm at Namadgi Primary School,141 O'Halloran Circuit, Kambah.
Joint media release: Rachel Stephen Smith, MLA and ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body
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Section: Rachel Stephen-Smith, MLA | Media Releases
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