The South Australian Government is committed to improving the opportunities and services available to Aboriginal South Australians.

To achieve this ambition, the government has developed the Aboriginal Affairs Action Plan that outlines a series of initiatives and actions for completion by agencies during 2019-20.

South Australian Government Aboriginal Affairs Action Plan 2019-2020 (PDF, 15.3 MB).

Building strong and capable Aboriginal communities

These actions will:

  • Lead to more Aboriginal people working in government
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal owned businesses
  • Lead to more regional and remote jobs for Aboriginal people.
  • Actions and progress

    Action and responsible agency

    Deliverables

    Status as at 1 July 2019

    Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster Program – Apprenticeship and Traineeship Strategy

    Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

    To connect a minimum of 100 Aboriginal people to two-year traineeships followed by ongoing employment

    ON TRACK

    Program has employed 34 Aboriginal people into traineeships

    Aboriginal Ranger Employment Pathways

    Department for Environment and Water

    Increase employment opportunities for Aboriginal rangers

    ON TRACK

    Employment Pathways Plan in development

    Selection process underway for new positions

    Statewide Aboriginal Fishing and Aquaculture Program

    Primary Industries and Regions South Australia

    Aboriginal Nations will assist Primary Industries and Regions South Australia to support and manage South Australia’s fisheries

    ON TRACK

    Aboriginal Traditional Fisheries Manager appointed and six people recruited under the Aboriginal Fisheries Officer Career Pathway Program

    Draft fishing agreement  developed with an Aboriginal corporation

    Aboriginal Employment in South Australia Police

    South Australia Police

    Increase the proportion of Aboriginal people working in South Australia Police to 2%

    ON TRACK

    Community Constable intakes underway utilising Aboriginal Employment Register

    Aboriginal Business Strategy

    Office of the Industry Advocate

    Develop an Aboriginal Business Strategy

    ON TRACK

    Preliminary consultations completed, planning underway for community consultations  and an Aboriginal Business Trade Fair (late 2019)

    Far-North Aboriginal Economic Collective

    Office of the Industry Advocate

    Develop a commercial framework to increase employment and business growth for Aboriginal people in South Australia’s Far North

    ON TRACK

    Consultations completed, five Traditional Owner groups and four Aboriginal businesses are participating in the collective

    North-West Indigenous Pastoral Project

    Primary Industries and Regions South Australia

    To support Aboriginal pastoral business operations

    ON TRACK

    Additional pastoral land approved by Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) (2,700 sq kms) and Kokatha (2,440 sq kms)

    At least 33   Aboriginal on-the-job trainees engaged through funded wage subsidies

    Six Aboriginal workers in independent employment

    Stronger Partners Stronger Futures

    Department for Energy and Mining

    Facilitating economic development on Aboriginal land

    ON TRACK

    Three discussion papers released

    Information sessions held with key industry and Aboriginal stakeholders

Improving the quality and delivery of services to Aboriginal South Australians

These actions will:

  • Improve the accessibility of government services
  • Deliver better services through a place-based approach
  • Enable collaboration between government and Aboriginal people.
  • Activities and progress

    Action and responsible agency

    Deliverables

    Status as at 1 July 2019

    Multi-agency Facility – Umuwa

    South Australia Police

    Establish a multi-agency facility at Umuwa (South Australia Police, Department of Human Services, Department of Child Protection)

    NOT ON TRACK

    Costings for new construction have been reviewed and negotiations are underway to acquire and upgrade an existing building

    Aboriginal Interpreter Service

    Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Establish an Aboriginal language interpreter service

    ON TRACK

    Research and preliminary consultation completed

    Draft proposal being considered

    Ceduna Services Collaboration

    Department of Human Services

    Extend the Ceduna Services Collaboration

    ON TRACK

    Indicators show a 30% reduction in alcohol and other drug related injury measures

    Municipal Services to Aboriginal Communities Strategy

    Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

    New service model from 2020 for the delivery of municipal services to Aboriginal communities outside of the APY

    ON TRACK

    Tender process for consulting engineers in final selection stage

    Tika Tirka Remote Student Housing

    South Australian Housing Authority

    New 20-bed facility in the Adelaide CBD

    ON TRACK

    Construction completed and a new service model being finalised

    Improving Government Communication with Aboriginal Communities

    Attorney-General’s Department

    Materials to be provided in Aboriginal languages to improve consumer protection and improve information access

    ON TRACK

    Promotional activity and information being developed in Aboriginal languages

    Prison to Work Action Plan

    Department for Correctional Services

    To create positive transitions from prison to break the cycle of re-offending

    ON TRACK

    Job service providers engaged in Port Augusta, Mobilong and Port Lincoln prisons

    Violence Prevention Program – Aboriginal Males

    Department for Correctional Services

    High-intensity (250 hour) custodial program for Aboriginal prisoners to reduce violent offending

    ON TRACK

    Mobilong program underway

    Connected Youth Justice Strategy

    Department of Human Services

    A focus on culturally appropriate supports and programs for vulnerable young people

    ON TRACK

    Governance framework established, draft KPI framework developed and community consultations completed

    One Stop Screening Shop

    Department for Health and Wellbeing

    Multiple cancer screening and chronic disease testing

    ON TRACK

    Engagement underway with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, planning is well advanced for the first One Stop Screening Shops at Port Adelaide and Elizabeth

    Partnership Response to Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Blood Borne Viruses in Aboriginal Communities

    Department for Health and Wellbeing

    Develop and implement an Aboriginal Sexually Transmissible Infection and Blood Borne Viruses Action Plan for 2019-2024

    ON TRACK

    Draft Action Plan framework endorsed by the Aboriginal Health Council of SA, planning for consultations underway

    Rural Health Workforce Strategy

    Department for Health and Wellbeing

    Develop and implement an Aboriginal Rural Health Workforce Strategy

    ON TRACK

    Funding proposal approved by Minister to establish a training program for eight employees in Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice

    South Australian Museum Aboriginal Collection Store

    Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Develop a storage facility for the state’s Aboriginal cultural material

    ON TRACK

    Architectural tenders submitted and under review

    Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP)

    Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Government agencies to have a current RAP by mid-2019; an SA Government RAP will also be developed by mid-2019

    ON TRACK

    Eight agencies have a current RAP; 13 agencies expect their draft RAPs to be approved by Reconciliation Australia during 2019

    Drafting underway for SA Government RAP

Building strong and capable Aboriginal communities

These actions will:

  • Improve outcomes for Aboriginal South Australians
  • Enable greater collaboration between government and Aboriginal people
  • Ensure policies, programs and services are culturally-appropriate and community-driven

Pilot new and innovative activities for implementation across the state.

  • Activities and progress

    Action and responsible agency

    Deliverables

    Status as at 1 July 2019

    Aboriginal Education Strategy

    Department for Education

    Delivery of the Aboriginal Education Strategy

    COMPLETED

    Aboriginal Education Strategy 2019-2029 launched in December 2018

    Aboriginal Engagement Reform

    Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    A new engagement process to enhance the government’s relationship with Aboriginal people

    ON TRACK

    Preliminary consultations led to an initial report and draft model, further consultations to occur

    Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery

    Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Construct an Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery on the Lot Fourteen site

    ON TRACK

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Indigenous Consulting engaged to undertake a scoping study with key stakeholders

    Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

    Department for Education

    Appointment of Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

    COMPLETE

    Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People appointed

    Clontarf Foundation – South Australian Pilot Program

    Department for Education

    Pilot implementation of Clontarf for three years in six South Australian schools

    ON TRACK

    Planning and  engagement underway, refurbishments and/or new constructions completed at four schools

    South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA)

    Department for Education

    An additional 100 students will be able to access SAASTA each year

    ON TRACK

    South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academies expanded from 16 to 21 locations

    Community Transition and Learning Centre

    Department for Correctional Services

    The centre will provide an immersive cultural and learning experience to reduce re-offending in Coober Pedy

    NOT ON TRACK

    The project funder (Commonwealth Government) has varied the funding arrangements, project details are being reviewed

    Memorandum of Understanding  executed between Correctional Services and project partners

    Narungga Buthera Agreement

    Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Work with the Narungga Nation to deliver the commitments of the Buthera Agreement

    ON TRACK

    Twenty-four projects, SA Government agencies reported they were on track

    Aboriginal Housing Strategy

    South Australian Housing Authority

    Develop, in consultation with Aboriginal people, a housing strategy that includes home ownership, affordable housing and social housing

    ON TRACK

    Aboriginal Advisory Committee established, project planning and consultation strategy currently being reviewed

    Aboriginal Arts Strategy

    Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Aboriginal Arts Strategy is a significant part of the Arts Plan (2019-2024)

    ON TRACK

    Consultations with Aboriginal artists, survey responses and submissions (55 overall) from Aboriginal people and organisations