Discontinued Treaty Negotiations
In February 2018, the South Australian Government signed an agreement with the Narungga Nation, as a significant milestone towards Treaty.
The official signing of the Buthera Agreement laid the foundations for Treaty and included capacity-building support for the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation to drive development, economic enterprise and collaborative engagement with government agencies on Guuranda (Yorke Peninsula).
While a change in State Government policy direction means that further Treaty negotiations will not be pursued, the Agreement also includes social service strategies covering youth justice, housing, domestic violence, health, child protection and education and cultural studies, which are issues the Government will continue to tackle in partnership with the Narungga Nation.
Negotiations also occurred in 2017-2018 with the Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri Nations.
Development of Treaty in South Australia
In February 2017, Dr Roger Thomas was appointed as Treaty Commissioner to lead Treaty discussions across the state. Treaty negotiations were seen as a significant step forward in South Australia’s Reconciliation journey, and critical to strengthening the relationship between the government and Aboriginal South Australians.
In the first half of 2017, Treaty Commissioner Dr Roger Thomas and his team travelled more than 11,000 kilometres across the state, conducting extensive engagement with the South Australian Aboriginal community.
Given the State Government’s new policy direction in Aboriginal affairs, Dr Thomas ceased the role of Treaty Commissioner in July 2018.
Following the consultation, the Treaty Commissioner provided the Government with his report, which sets out the next steps in the Treaty-making process.
Talking Treaty Report (842KB)
Based on this advice, South Australian Aboriginal groups were invited to submit Expressions of Interest towards commencing Treaty negotiations.
An Aboriginal Treaty Advisory committee was established to consider all expressions of interest and provide a report to the Minister for approval.
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