ACT Closing the Gap Report
Report and Government Response to the ATSIEB Act
The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2015-2018 sets out the commitment of the ACT Government and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body to work together to recognise and respond to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT and surrounding region and their communities.
A key community theme identified by the community for action through the Agreement was ‘Strong Families’ and this was supported by the final stakeholder consultations. The Agreement sets out the ACT Government’s commitment to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans to improve the delivery of health, housing, economic and social services.
The Agreement includes a Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation, ACT Relationship Principles and ACT Key Focus Areas. The focus areas for action are:
- cultural identity
- healthy mind, healthy body
- feeling safe
- connecting the community
- employment and economic independence;and
The Agreement is part of an ongoing process which will include an implementation plan.
2017 Annual Report for the 2015-2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement
On Thursday, 30 November 2017 the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA, tabled the 2017 Annual Report for the 2015-2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement. The annual report provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress and activities undertaken by the ACT Government and their service delivery partnership to provide culturally appropriate services with, and for, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Engaging with, collaborating and understanding the lived experience of individuals, families and communities in the ACT is essential to bring perspective to the intent of policies and programs. This report seeks to find the linkages between policy and program intent and lived experience.
The report progresses through each of the seven domains in the Agreement. The seven domains are: education; healthy minds, healthy bodies; feeling safe; employment and economic independence; cultural identity; connecting the community; and leadership. The section describes the aspiration in the Agreement and follows with summaries of individual programs and initiatives that have made positive impact and outcomes within the community. The Key Performance Indicators section shows how we are tracking against each outcome and measure.
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Government Response to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Hearings for 2014 and 2015
The Government Response covers the Fifth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Hearings held on 3 4 December 2014 and the Sixth Hearings held on 9 10 December 2015 within the third term of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB or Elected Body).
The 2014 and 2015 Reports were formally handed over to the former Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Dr Chris Bourke MLA, on 19 August 2016 prior to the commencement of the caretaker period.
The Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA tabled the Government Response on 30 March 2017 in the Legislative Assembly.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Reports can be found at http://atsieb.com.au/media-publications/#tab_hearings