The State Government is seeking public’s feedback on a plan to create an independent advocacy group for Aboriginal people.
Two new roles have been outlined in a discussion paper released today, the positions include advocating for Aboriginal people’s interest regarding policy and performance within government, at the same time strengthening accountability to WA Aboriginals.
Members of the public, especially Aboriginal people, community groups and organizations are encouraged to have a say before any decisions are made on the proposal.
A model for the new position based on public submissions will be considered by the State Government, with legislation required before establishing and giving statutory powers to the position.
WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt believes the public’s input in the design of the position will help to address the service base.
“This discussion paper is the beginning of a conversation, explaining our priorities – setting out an idea that we think will bring some real improvements,” The minister said.
“We believe the position will be most effective if it is designed with input from the people it is intended to serve – Aboriginal people, communities and organisations – which is why it is important we discuss this proposal, and the potential benefits, before we make any decisions.”
“Together with a range of new policy initiatives focused on improving outcomes and opportunities for Aboriginal people, I’m confident we can drive real change in the lives of Aboriginal people.”
It’s expected the government will also conduct a wide range of consultations with key stakeholders and groups in the next few months.
Submissions will be closing on the 7th, September, 2018, feedbacks can be provided by visiting https://www.dpc.wa.gov.au.