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.

Action and responsible agency

Deliverables

Status as at 31 December 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 46 Aboriginal people into traineeships

Aboriginal Ranger Employment Pathways

Department for Environment and Water

Increase employment opportunities for Aboriginal rangers

ON TRACK

Employment Pathways Plan finalised

New positions filled, further positions to be finalised in 2020

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

Four trainees recruited under the Aboriginal Fisheries Officer Career Pathway Program secured positions in Pt Lincoln, Mt Gambier, Largs North and Ceduna

Draft fishing agreement developed and/or in discussion with two Aboriginal corporations

Aboriginal Employment in South Australia Police

South Australia Police

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

ON TRACK

Aboriginal Community Constables graduated and Aboriginal Cadet commenced

Further intakes underway utilising the Aboriginal Employment Register

Aboriginal Business Strategy

Office of the Industry Advocate

Develop an Aboriginal Business Strategy

ON TRACK

Community and internal government consultations undertaken

Far-North Aboriginal Economic Collective (FNAEC)

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, FNAEC Coordinator appointed, Traditional Owner groups and  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

2,940 sq kms brought back into production / now available for production

12 Aboriginal people employed in the program to date

Four Aboriginal landholders enrolled into Business Management Program with the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation

Stronger Partners Stronger Futures

Department for Energy and Mining

Facilitating economic development on Aboriginal land

ON TRACK

Submissions on discussion papers received and discussed with Steering Committee

Preparation underway for development of new framework

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.

Action and responsible agency

Deliverables

Status as at 31 December 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 / AT RISK

Costings and site suitability continue to be problematic, however, progress has been made on establishing alternate build methods and designs and South Australia Police expects to receive final estimates shortly

Aboriginal Interpreter Service

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Establish an Aboriginal language interpreter service

ON TRACK

Proposed business model finalised and approved by the Premier

Ceduna Services Collaboration

Department of Human Services

Extend the Ceduna Services Collaboration

ON TRACK

Indicators continue to  show a reduction in alcohol and other drug related injury measures

Work is being done to explore a collective impact approach under the Stronger Places, Stronger People initiative

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

Consulting firms appointed and statewide consultation process completed, visiting 30 communities, homelands and organisations

Tika Tirka Remote Student Housing

South Australian Housing Authority

New 20-bed facility in the Adelaide CBD

ON TRACK

Facility opened by the Premier in October 2019

Five students in residence with further applications being considered

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 in Aboriginal languages being published and distributed

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

COMPLETED

Mobilong program concluded September 2019 with 92% completion rate

Pre-treatment work commenced for next program scheduled for early 2020 at Port Augusta prison

Connected Youth Justice Strategy

Department of Human Services

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

ON TRACK

Strategy being developed

New position appointed, Senior Manager for Aboriginal Practice and Partnerships

One Stop Screening Shop

Department for Health and Wellbeing

Multiple cancer screening and chronic disease testing

ON TRACK

Seven One Stop Screening Shops held in Port Adelaide and Elizabeth

Significant improvement in screening numbers noted

Further One Stop Screening Shops planned for Mount Gambier and Murray Bridge in March 2020

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 completed November 2019

Broader consultation being undertaken in early 2020 which will guide development of the final plan

Rural Health Workforce Strategy

Department for Health and Wellbeing

Develop and implement an Aboriginal Rural Health Workforce Strategy

ON TRACK

Eight students commenced study with Aboriginal Health Council SA

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners Reference Group established

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 firm appointed

Key requirements being identified, tender documents being prepared and test-case being prepared for long-term solution

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

NOT ON TRACK / AT RISK

Seven agencies have a current RAP; nine agencies are drafting new RAPs

Draft SA Government RAP has been provided to agencies for comment and will be provided to Reconciliation Australia for review, with a view to launching the final RAP in mid-2020

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.

Action and responsible agency

Deliverables

Status as at 31 December 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

Broad prescribed Aboriginal state-wide consultations undertaken

Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement provided the Premier with a report outlining community feedback

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

Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation Report finalised and publicly released

Engagement commenced to initiate formalisation of a key stakeholder curatorial working group

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

Clontarf model operational in six schools

Employment forum involving corporate partners held in Adelaide for Year 11/12 students

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 / AT RISK

Funding agreement with the Commonwealth Government has been terminated

Concept is being supported to proceed in a different location

Narungga Buthera Agreement

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

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

ON TRACK

24 projects, SA Government agencies reported one complete; 20 on track; and three not on track / at risk

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

Project plan and engagement approach endorsed by Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Initial procurement services scope document progressed

Aboriginal Arts Strategy

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

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

NOT ON TRACK / AT RISK

The Aboriginal Arts Strategy has been re-scheduled to be completed by 31 December 2020