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 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.

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.

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