Evidence shows that increasing Aboriginal economic participation is fundamental to achieving sustained improvement across a range of indicators in education, employment, health and justice. Economic independence enhances the sustainability and viability of South Australian Aboriginal communities. It also increases Aboriginal employment, supports a more vibrant business sector, and encourages more investment and innovation across South Australia.

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.

Incorporating carbon-based income streams into NWIPP indigenous pastoral operations

Lead agency: Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Lead minister: Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development

Deliverables:

  • Introduce carbon farming sequestration activity on Aboriginal-held pastoral operations where appropriate and viable.
  • Improved fiscal viability of Aboriginal-held pastoral operations.
  • Establish carbon-based funding streams to enable ongoing pastoral development (infrastructure) on Aboriginal-held pastoral lands.

Contributes to: Building strong and capable Aboriginal communities

Status: On track


Work with one Aboriginal community / nation / enterprise in each year of the Action Plan to develop a detailed economic development strategy

Lead agency: Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Lead minister: Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development

Deliverable: Seek community interest and co-investment from partners such as the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation to support the development of a sustainable primary production enterprise.

Contributes to: Building strong and capable Aboriginal communities

Status: On track


Review of Government Building and Civil Construction industry capacity to set stretch targets for relevant contracts

Lead agency: Department for Infrastructure and Transport

Lead minister: Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Deliverables:

  • Focus on governance and structures that elevate.
  • Traditional owner participation and project partnerships.
  • Traditional owner and other Aboriginal cultural expression in urban design.
  • Labour hours for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees and apprentices.
  • Spend on sub-contracts with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.
  • Improve employment opportunities in Government Building and Civil Construction industry.
  • Deliver greater transparency and reporting on targets and Aboriginal employment/ procurement outcomes.

Contributes to: Building strong and capable Aboriginal communities

Status: On track


Establish a bespoke export advisory services for Aboriginal businesses to enhance their export potential

Lead agency: Department for Infrastructure and Transport

Lead minister: Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Deliverables:

  • Export grants of $5,000–$10,000 per business will help businesses with export planning, e-commerce planning or market research depending on the individual business need.
  • Target to award 5 individual grants over the two financial years (21–22 and 22–23).
  • Target to provide advisory services to 25 individual businesses over the two financial years (21–22 and 22–23).

Contributes to: Building strong and capable Aboriginal communities

Status: On track


Continuing the Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin (HCHB) component of Project Coorong

Lead agency: Department for Environment and Water

Lead minister: Minister for Environment and Water

Deliverable: Develop and implement a First Nations HCHB Agreement with Ngarrindjeri and First Nations of the South East to progress on-ground works, trials and investigations, including feasibility assessments of long-term infrastructure and management solutions to support the long-term ecological health of the Coorong.

Contributes to: Building strong and capable Aboriginal communities

Status: On track


Aboriginal Language Interpreting Service

Lead agency: Department of Human Services / Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Lead minister: Minister for Human Services

Deliverable: Support Aboriginal Language speakers to undertake training, gain qualifications and be employed as interpreters through the Interpreting and Translating Service within the Department of Human Services, to support improved access and delivery of services to Aboriginal people.

Contributes to: Improving the quality and delivery of services to Aboriginal South Australians

Status: On track


Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre

Lead agency: Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Lead minister: Premier

Deliverables: The AACC will open to the public in 2025. In 2021, the project will focus on:

  • co-design of the facility in partnership with the AACC Aboriginal Reference Group
  • implement the AACC Stakeholder Engagement Action Plan, ensuring ongoing involvement of the key stakeholders in the project development and delivery
  • develop and implement an Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy, which will define and articulate opportunities across all AACC project phases including project development, design and construction delivery and the future operation of the AACC.

Contributes to: Improving the quality and delivery of services to Aboriginal South Australians and Building strong and capable Aboriginal communities

Status: On track


The Circle First Nations Entrepreneur Hub

Lead agency: Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Lead minister: Premier

Deliverables: Working towards full-service delivery and launch on 1 July 2021. These services will be delivered from 2021 to 2023. Full service delivery will focus on 5 key areas:

  1. Case Management – Streamlined access to existing support and services through individual case management, referral and connection to the AEH community.
  2. Access to new markets – Facilitating connections and building business to business relationships in a culturally safe and appropriate way.
  3. Expert business advice
  4. Capability growth – Networking opportunities.
  5. Access to physical Hub.

Contributes to: Building strong and capable Aboriginal communities

Status: On track


Deliver a comprehensive Aboriginal Traineeship Program

Lead agency: Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Lead minister: Treasurer

Deliverables:

  • Bring together the South Australian Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Register.
  • A pre-employment program.
  • A tailored traineeship program and mentoring support program.
  • Place 100 Aboriginal jobseekers into traineeships by 30 June 2023.

Contributes to: Improving the quality and delivery of services to Aboriginal South Australians

Status: On track


More Aboriginal South Australians will be engaged in Community Constable, Aboriginal Liaison Officer, mainstream policing or public sector positions

Lead agency: South Australian Police (SAPOL)

Lead minister: Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services

Deliverables:

  • Increase the proportion of Aboriginal people working in South Australia Police to 2%.
  • Carry over from previous plan.

Contributes to: Improving the quality and delivery of services to Aboriginal South Australians

Status: At risk